Posted by Mary Canady February 18th, 2010 .
These days we hear a lot about the possibilities of translational research, which promises to better apply innovations from academia for public good. Who’s been successful locally in applying this model, and what are the challenges our region faces? We are lucky to have two thought leaders successfully implementing translational research in San Diego, come hear their stories and discuss how this model can be used to stimulate growth at our March 16th event.
We’ll hear from Gary Firestein, M.D., UCSD Dean of Translational Medicine (Bio) who will talk about ‘New Paradigms for Drug Discovery.’ Dr. Firestein was a member of our July panel (summary) and is incredibly knowledgeable, doing exciting work, and very interested in engaging in discussions about the promise of translational research/medicine and the issues we face.
Beth Anne Baber, Ph.D., M.B.A, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Nicholas Conor Institute for Pediatric Cancer Research (TNCI), will speak about ‘New Translational Research Models for Battling Rare Diseases’ (more info). Dr. Baber is one of my personal heroes as she founded TNCI after her son was diagnosed with a rare cancer. TNCI was described as a ‘translational research catalyst’ in a recent California Healthcare Institute report (full report PDF, see p. 53). Dr. Baber is understandably very passionate about her work, and it will be interesting to hear how the institute is using translational research to fight childhood cancer.
We know you’re interested in Translational Research based on our 2010 poll, and we want to make sure you will be able to learn what this model means to you. We’ll have a ‘mini-panel’ after the talks so you can ask questions, and we’ll also solicit questions beforehand. Feel free to leave them below so we can start the discussion, or submit them when you register. Tell your friends! Here is the flyer (PDF).
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, contact us for details. You’ll get exposure to 3500+ Biotech Professionals and show that you support translational research.
Who: Biotechnology professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: San Diego Biotechnology Network’s March 16th Event: Translational Research: San Diego’s Successes and Challenges
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego 92109 (Directions below)
Cost: $20, including appetizers ($15 for Academics) +$5 at door, cash/check only
For more information about the event: http://sdbn.org/march
Directions: From the North: South on Interstate 5, Exit Balboa Ave, Straight to 4th Traffic Light then left on Bunker Hill St. Building directly ahead 3 blks. From the South: North on Interstate 5, Exit Grand/ Garnet Ave, Straight to 3rd Traffic Light then right on Bunker Hill St. Building directly ahead 3 blks. Park on the street or in the structure just past Tango del Rey.
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