RESEARCH APPRECIATION DAY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 8

February 2, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center plays host to the 13th annual Research Appreciation Day on Friday, April 8.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Shan S. Wong, Ph.D. Dr. Wong, a program officer for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, oversees a research portfolio in cardiovascular, lung and blood diseases; asthma; allergy; immunology; and small business innovation. His expertise is in the area of clinical chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics.

Prior to joining NCCAM, Dr. Wong worked at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Loma Linda University in California, Herman Hospital in Houston, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Dr. Wong received a PhD in biochemistry from the Ohio State University and completed postdoctoral training at Temple University School of Medicine. He has conducted research in enzymology, protein chemistry and biophysics and has developed diagnostic tests for cardiovascular, liver, lung, kidney and bone diseases. His interest in complementary and alternative medicine is in the modality of energy healing.

This year, Research Appreciation Day will be in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicineâ??s Annual Osteopathic Collaborative Clinical Trials Initiative Conference April 7 through April 8. The event will bring together osteopathic physicians from around the nation to discuss issues of how to develop a culture of clinical research in the osteopathic profession and how to develop a group of researchers able to secure significant funding for all types of clinical research.

Research Appreciation Day is an institutional tradition encompassing medicine, public health and basic science. The program provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their research efforts with the campus community and the public.

â??The program encourages the development of joint research projects and increases the community’s awareness of the outstanding quality and range of research conducted at UNT Health Science Center,â? said Thomas Yorio, PhD, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Poster and oral presentation competitions for students are a featured event of the day’s program, as well as a poster competition for postdoctoral fellows and residents. A panel of judges will select the top presentations in each category. Prizes will be awarded to winners at an awards ceremony.

For more information about Research Appreciation Day, log on to the website at www.hsc.unt.edu/rad

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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