Researchers Gather for Shared Resources Fair and Drug Discovery Forum

The Miller Office of Research hosted two events this month at the Miller School for the research community – a Shared Resources Fair on the morning of February 17, and a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) on drug discovery in the afternoon.

More than 200 researchers attended the third Shared Resources Fair, which featured nearly 50 posters with information about the varied core laboratories, facilities, and shared resources supporting discovery science, translational, and clinical research. Later, more than 50 faculty, staff, and students gathered at the Lois Pope LIFE Center for the forum to share information on drug discovery.

Led by Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., the Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biomedical Engineering and senior associate dean for translational science, and Andrew Vinard, manager of biotechnology resources, the Core and Shared Facilities Office within the Miller Office of Research supports research excellence at the University. The fair was co-hosted by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research. Kenyon said events such as the Shared Resources Fair and the CREF reflect the University’s continuing support of its research community.

“The Miller School is committed to developing state-of-the art facilities, encouraging their use, and advancing scientific collaboration in areas of key importance to biomedical research,” said Kenyon, who is also director of the Coulter Center.

Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate dean for therapeutic innovation, who led the drug discovery forum, added that topics like drug discovery especially benefit from an interdisciplinary team science approach.

“The Miller School has the expertise and laboratory resources needed to identify compounds that can be developed into the next generation of therapeutics,” Wahlestedt said

The CREF began with presentations and a panel discussion on:

• Chemoinformatics and drug discovery by Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., research assistant professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology and the Center for Computational Science’s lead scientist for chemoinformatics;

• Molecular oncology and drug discovery by Anthony Capobianco, Ph.D., professor of surgery and director of the Molecular Oncology Research Program, Division of Surgical Oncology;

• Cell biology and drug discovery by Glen Barber, Ph.D., chair of cell biology and anatomy, professor of medicine, and associate director of basic research at Sylvester.

Additional presentations and another panel discussion followed on these projects:

• Drug discovery at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis by Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Developmental Neuroscience and professor of neurological surgery;

• Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Center by Vineet Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology, and the founding co-director of the Katz Center;

• Center for Therapeutic Innovation by Nagi Ayad, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and Shaun Brothers, Ph.D., research assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

CREF is a series of workshops that promote interdisciplinary research collaboration and facilitate innovative scholarly activity through faculty presentations and panel discussions. The University has previously sponsored five CREFs.

If you attended the Shared Resources Fair and did not complete the comment card on the fair and UM’s resources, you are encouraged to fill out the comment form online. If you attended the CREF and would like to fill out the evaluation form, you may do that online as well.

For more information on the University’s core and shared facilities, visit the core and shared facilities website. For more information on the Shared Resources Fair or the CREF, please contact Andrew Vinard at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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