CaneSearch University-Wide Research Day to Address Community Concerns About Obesity

In a community with nearly 80 percent racial and ethnic minorities and with two-thirds of adults and up to 20 percent of children ages 2-4 obese or overweight, the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) drives scientific discovery and its translation into evidence-based practices to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. That’s why on Wednesday, February 27, the Miami CTSI will hold its first major University-wide initiative, “CaneSearch,” to help identify these goals through a poster session on topics related to obesity, including research, educational, clinical and community-based activities across disciplines.

The goals of the event, which will focus on the Science of Obesity, are to bring together University scientists, clinicians, students, educators and caregivers to promote meaningful partnerships, advance collaborative research, display cutting-edge science and community initiatives that address this serious issue, and engage colleagues from regional universities and research institutes as well as community-based partners and research foundations.

The all-day event will start with a poster session at 10 a.m. on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle, where more than 100 posters on obesity research will be on display until 4 p.m. There also will be fitness demonstrations, healthy food trucks and other vendors, giveaways and live music.

In addition to the poster session, a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) chaired by Tracie Miller, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Director of the Division of Pediatric Clinical Research, will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium, and will feature panel discussions and speakers from across the University, including experts in the fields of architecture, pediatrics, medicine, and genetics.

To encourage collaborations during CaneSearch, a new call for Letters of Intent for seed funding will be released that day. The call will be open to members from the entire University community who develop new collaborative projects as a result of interactions that occur during CaneSearch. Further details will be made available during the event.

For more information about CaneSearch, please contact Andrew Vinard at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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