WVU Health Sciences students share research, hear from distinguished lecturer during Van Liere events

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University student researchers in the health sciences have been working side by side with top-flight faculty mentors for months to prepare for this week’s Van Liere awards, named for an early WVU medical dean and physiology researcher.

The Van Liere awards are presented every year to the most promising student researchers.

Tuesday, the researchers will participate in the E.J. Van Liere Research Convocation, giving oral presentations on their projects. The presentations take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Hostler Auditorium of the Health Sciences Center.

Wednesday, students will join with fellows and faculty in sharing their research with classmates and colleagues. The presentation of posters takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center.

A highlight of the two days of activities is a speech by Chandan K. Sen, Ph.D., associate dean of Translational and Applied Research at Ohio State University (OSU). He is the distinguished visiting lecturer on Wednesday, Health Sciences Research Day.

His speech, titled “Nutritional Intervention in Neural Degeneration and Stroke,” will be at noon in the Health Sciences Patteson Auditorium.

Sen, who is a professor of surgery and molecular and cellular biochemistry at OSU, earned graduate degrees in India and Finland before completing his postdoctoral training in molecular and cellular biology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Sen moved to OSU in 2000 after working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and the University of California at San Francisco. He is currently the principal investigator on three grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His research focuses on tissue injury and repair in the skin, brain and heart.

“He is a perfect role model to encourage our students to continue their production in the field of science and a role model for career development,” Thomas M. Saba, Ph.D., associate vice president for research and graduate education at WVU, said.

Sen will participate in the oral and poster presentations and will meet with faculty members working on an NIH grant application.




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-27-09

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