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State’s biomedical researchers meeting today at Marshall

Jul. 30, 2009 @ 12:05 PM

HUNTINGTON — Around 170 researchers and students from throughout West Virginia will gather at Marshall University Thursday for the 8th annual Summer Research Symposium of a statewide research network known as WV-INBRE.

The West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence event starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues through 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center. The morning session will include oral presentations from researchers from West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, the University of Charleston and Wheeling Jesuit University.

The afternoon will showcase the research findings of 29 undergraduate students from colleges and small universities around the state who have spent the summer working on biomedical research projects with mentors at Marshall and WVU.

The keynote speaker is  is Darryle Schoepp, Ph.D., a former Marshall faculty member who now leads research at pharmaceutical giant Merck and Company as senior vice president and neuroscience franchise head. Schoepp will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on new drug therapies on the horizon for treating diseases of the central nervous system.

WV-INBRE, which is designed to support biomedical research in the state, is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to Marshall University, in cooperation with West Virginia University and several of the state’s colleges and smaller universities.

Symposium coordinator Dr. Elsa Mangiarua of Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine said WV-INBRE’s goals include promoting education and research training in the biomedical sciences, providing mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students, promoting awareness of graduate degree programs and careers in biomedical research, and providing support for collaborative research for faculty.