News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 4, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 14

Division of Health Sciences Research Day set for April 15

"Bridging Research and Practice" is the theme of the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences 22nd Annual Research Day, Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Pocatello, and 8:30 to 1 p.m., in Meridian.

New this year is an April 14 pre-conference titled "Translational Science Primer," presented by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences in Seattle. It'll run from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on both campuses.

To register for the pre-conference and review both events' schedules, visit the Research Day website. Space at the pre-conference is limited.

Lynn Schnapp, M.D., professor of medicine, pulmonary and critical care at the University of Washington, will present the April 14 keynote address "Bridging the Gap: How to help forge bonds between basic scientists and clinicians."

Bert Boyer, Ph.D., a professor of molecular biology at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, will give the April 15 keynote "Engaging Community Partners: Learning from Yup'ik Eskimos about risk and protection for obesity and diabetes." Boyer is also the director of the university's Center for Alaska Native Health Research.

Boyer and Schnapp are experts in translational science-research that improves human health by leading to discoveries that will eliminate human disease -and affiliated with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

Health care providers, faculty, students and the public are invited to Research Day activities, which will feature presentations on numerous topics, including youth mental health, prevention of teenage pregnancy, interprofessional mobile health care, suicide prevention and pharmaceutical research.

"We're pleased to have the College of Pharmacy participating this year now that it's a part of the Division of Health Sciences. Activities both days will bring insights and regional expertise in translational research to ISU and highlight internal research accomplishments and collaboration," said David Talford, a research committee member and clinical assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at ISU-Meridian.

Activities will be held in the ISU Pocatello Rendezvous Complex, 1111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, north of I-84 between Locust Grove and Meridian roads. Many sessions will be broadcast simultaneously using distance-learning technology.

For more information about Research Day 2011, contact David Talford at 208-373-1808 or talfdavi@isu.edu.