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- OSU Medical Center Celebrates Biomedical Research


The Ohio State University Medical Center will celebrate biomedical research with a weeklong series of activities September 29 through October 3. Thomas Cech, PhD, Nobel Prize winner and president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will deliver the OSU Medical Center Biomedical Research Symposia keynote lecture on Wednesday, October 1, at 5:00 pm, in the auditorium of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. His talk is titled, “Catalytic RNA to Howard Hughes,” and continuing medical education credit will be awarded. Cech's visit is sponsored by the OSU Office of Research as part of the University Research Lecture Series.

Scheduled events and symposia for Biomedical Research Week include:

Monday, September 29, 2003

Symposium: Biomedical Imaging: Real Time Views of Physiological Processes
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute auditorium, 473 W. 12th Avenue
Session Chair: Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D., Assoc. Vice President for Health Sciences and Chair, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics

  • Michael Knopp, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology
    Biomedical Imaging: Creating Visions in Bench and Bedside Research
  • Anthony Brown, PhD, Department of Neuroscience
    Live-cell Imaging of Slow Axonal Transports: ‘Stop and Go’ Traffic in the Neuron
  • Jay Zweier, MD, PhD, Director, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
    Imaging Paramagnetic Molecules and Mediators of Disease


Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Symposium: The Genetics of Human Disease: Cancer, Memory Loss or Weakness - Let Your Genes Predict the Future
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute auditorium, 473 W. 12th Avenue
Session Chair: Albert de la Chapelle, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Human Cancer Genetics Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Charis Eng, MD, Department of Internal Medicine
    “Clinical Cancer Genetics: "The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come" (with apologies to Charles Dickens)
  • Arthur Burghes, PhD Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
    “Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) as a Model for Therapeutic Development in Neurogenetics: From Gene to Drugs and Disease Mechanism ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’” (with apologies to Monty Python)
  • Jeffrey Kuret, PhD , Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
    “Untangling Alzheimer Disease: Mechanism of Pathogenesis and Opportunities for Intervention”

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Center for Knowledge Management Open House
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Fourth Floor, Prior Health Sciences Library, 376 W. 10th Ave.

The Open House includes exhibits of the services of the CKM and the University’s Knowledge Bank, along with hands-on opportunities with innovations such as the Interactive Physical Exam product, the Mobile Operating Room, research poster production, and biomedical informatics. In addition, there will be a contest with a PDA giveaway as the prize.

Keynote Address “From Catalytic RNA to Howard Hughes” by Thomas Cech, PhD, 1989 Nobel Laureate (Chemistry), President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
5:00 pm
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute auditorium, 473 W. 12th Avenue
Session Chair: Fred Sanfilippo, M.D., Ph.D., Sr. Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, College of Medicine and Public Health


Thursday, October 2, 2003

Biomedical Research Tower Groundbreaking
2:00 p.m.
400-block W. 12th Avenue

The groundbreaking ceremony features remarks by OSU President Karen Holbrook, PhD; Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, senior vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health; and Caroline Whitacre, PhD, associate vice president for health sciences research and vice dean for research. The event will also feature interactive biomedical research displays and a look back at biomedical research achievements at OSU Medical Center.

Symposium: Cell Death in Health and Disease
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute auditorium, 473 W. 12th Avenue
Session Chair: Tsonwin Hai, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Molecular Biochemistry

  • Michael Beattie, PhD, Chair, Department of Neuroscience
    “Synaptic Transmission Out of Control? TNF alpha and Glutamate in Cell Death”
  • Clay Marsh, MD, Department of Internal Medicine
    “The Identification of Molecular Targets in Monocytes to Create Novel Opportunities in the Treatment of Heart and Lung Disease”
  • Chandan Sen, PhD, Department of Surgery
    “Perceived Hyperoxia: A New Dimension in Oxygen Sensing”


Friday, October 3, 2003

Symposium: Experimental Therapeutics
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute auditorium, 473 W. 12th Avenue
Session Chair: Michael Para, M.D. Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

  • Wolfgang Sadee, PhD, Director, School of Biomedical Sciences, and Chair, Department of Pharmacology
    “Experimental Therapeutics: Individualized Medicine”
  • Michael Caligiuri, MD, Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center
    “EBV Lymphoma: Moving in for the Kill”
  • Jerry Mendell, MD, Chair, Department of Neurology
    “Evolving Strategies for Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy”

Symposia Objectives:
  1. Recognize opportunities for collaboration, career and professional development in the medical sciences.
  2. Use new scientific information that may have potential applicability to clinical practice for individual patients, resulting in higher quality patient care.

The Ohio State University Medical Center, Center for Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The Ohio State University Medical Center designates this educational activity series for a maximum of 9 Category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.