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Arkansas Biosciences Institute to host
ABI fall research symposium Sept. 25
Sept. 22, 2009 --
Biosciences Institute (ABI) at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro will
host the Annual state-wide ABI Fall Research Symposium, Friday, Sept.
25, in the Student Union Auditorium, 101 North Caraway Road.
The symposium is being held on the ASU campus this year. The Arkansas
Biosciences Institute (ABI) encompasses collaborative research efforts
of five institutions through agricultural and medical research in order
to improve the health of Arkansans.
The ABI was created as the major research component of the Tobacco
Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000. More than 150 scientists from the five
member campuses - Arkansas Children's Hospital; Arkansas State
University; the University of Arkansas - Division of Agriculture; the
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences are expected to travel to ASU for research talks,
posters and scientific networking.
Keynote speaker Dr. John C. Peters, associate director of Corporate
Research and Development for the Procter and Gamble Company, will
discuss “Health Promotion in the 21st Century: Challenges and
Choices” in the third floor auditorium from 2-3 p.m. on Friday.
The symposium will open with a welcome from Arkansas State University’s
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Chief Research Officer, Dr.
Michael Dockter, followed by the statewide Arkansas Bioscience Institute
director, Dr. Bobby McGehee. Dr. McGehee will introduce Dr. Bill B.
Lefler, Major General USASU (Ret.), the chairman of the Arkansas Tobacco
Settlement Commission, which has oversight of the five-member
Five professors from around the state of Arkansas will make oral
presentations including Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, associate professor in
the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State, who will
discuss “Neuron Survival, Growth and Regeneration: What Can
Nanomaterials or Nicotine Do?” Dr. Rosalia C.M. Simmen, professor at
the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Department Physiology and
Biophysics, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the
Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center will present “Early ‘Nutritional’
Experiences and Adult Chronic Diseases.”
Dr. Luke Howard, professor of the University of Arkansas Department of
Food Science in the Division of Agriculture, will present “Processing
and Storage Effects on Blueberry Polyphenolics. Associate professor Dr.
Josh Sakon of the University of Arkansas Department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry will discuss “One-Time Injection of Novel Fusion Protein of
Parathyroid Hormone and Collagen Binding Domain (PTH-CBD) Results in
Greater Than 30 Percent Increase in Bone Mineral Density in Mice.”
“The Age-Dependent Responses to Disuse and Reloading Involve Compromised
Proliferation, Differentiation, Activity and Survival of Myogenic and
Osteoblastic Cells” is the presentation topic by Dr. Dana Gaddy,
associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Following lunch, a scientific vendor show and poster sessions is
scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. in the Heritage Lounge and Mockingbird
Room on the third floor.
The symposium precedes the Sept. 26 ASU-ABI’s five-year celebration and
the ASU-ABI Commercial Innovation Center groundbreaking ceremony at 9
a.m. at the ABI south entrance. Tours of the research areas in the ABI
facility are open to the public Saturday morning from 10-11:30. For
additional information, contact
Hope Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org), ABI project/program director,
at (870) 972-2025.
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