WVU health sciences students to participate in annual Van Liere research events

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students and faculty from West Virginia University’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy will participate in the 2010 E. J. Van Liere Memorial Convocation and Research Day on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tue., April 20, at the Van Liere Research Convocation, graduate and professional students in degree programs and students in training programs will be selected to give talks on their research. Their presentations will be judged by a panel of faculty members. Monetary prizes will be awarded. Students who are selected to give oral presentations may also give a poster presentation on Research Day.

Research Day, on Wed., April 21, is an opportunity for faculty, residents, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, graduate students and professional students to share their research through poster viewings and discussions with each other.

“This is our annual celebration of research at the Health Sciences Center (HSC). Van Liere focuses on the students and allows them to present their research to the entire HSC community,” James O’Donnell, Ph.D., assistant vice president for research, said.

This year’s Van Liere guest speaker will be Donna Arnett, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. She will give a lecture titled “Bridging the Translational Divide: The Pitfalls and the Promise of Multidisciplinary Research.”

Dr. Arnett is the co-director of the Analytic and Epidemiologic Genomics program at the UAB Heflin Center for Human Genetics. Her current research involves the genetic epidemiology of high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, called atherosclerosis hypertension, and organ damage from high blood pressure.

“We selected Dr. Arnett as our speaker this year because she’s one of the people whose work integrates public health issues with basic sciences,” Dr. O’Donnell said.

Tuesday’s events will begin at 7:45 a.m. and will be in and around the Hostler Auditorium at the WVU Health Sciences Center.  Research Day events will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. Dr. Arnett’s lecture is at noon Wednesday in the Okey Patteson Auditorium at the HSC.

For more information on research at the WVU Health Sciences Center, see www.hsc.wvu.edu/ResOff/Default.aspx.



For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-18-10

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