Sanford Health-USD Biomed Research Symposium is May 14

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will host the 2010 Sanford Health-USD Biomedical Research Symposium on Friday, May 14 in room 107 of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building.

This symposium, co-sponsored by Sanford Health and The University of South Dakota, will provide a unique opportunity for participants to receive updates on biomedical advances occurring at two of the state’s leading research institutions. Research scientists will outline current research activities and emphasize pending innovations in what has become a significant growth industry in South Dakota.

Researchers scheduled for presentations include Victor Huber, Ph.D., Basic Biomedical Sciences; Dr. John Lee, M.D., Cancer Biology Research Center; Yi-Fan Li, Ph.D., Basic Biomedical Sciences; Greg Shearer, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Health Research Center; Paula Mabee, Ph.D., Department of Biology; Dr. Eugene Hoyme, M.D., Health Disparities Research Center; Jill Weimer, Ph.D., Sanford Children’s Health Research Center; Gina Forster, Ph.D., Basic Biomedical Sciences and Dr. Alex Rabinovich, M.D., The Sanford Project.

Following an 8:30 a.m. welcome and introduction by David Pearce, Ph.D., director of Sanford Children’s Health Research Center, and Robin Miskimins, Ph.D., director of Faculty and Research Development for the Sanford School of Medicine, the day-long event begins at 9 a.m. with Dr. Huber’s presentation, “Preventing Influenza Virus: Bacteria Super-Infections through Vaccinations.” Other topics to be addressed Friday are “Mechanisms of Immune Clearance for HPV+HNSCC,” “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An International Perspective,” “Linking Phenotypes of Species, Mutants and Human Diseases to Genetics and Evolution,” and “Navigating through the Developing Brain.”

For more information about this event, which also features a poster session open to all participants, please contact Dr. Miskimins at (605) 677-5131 or e-mail robin.miskimins@usd.edu.