UTEP Holds Second Border Biomedical Research Symposium

Last Updated on September 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

What: Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) Symposium

When: Sunday, Sept. 27 to Tuesday, Sept. 29 (Registration deadline Sept. 22)

Where: Various locations on the UTEP campus. Please see program schedule.

Leading scientists and clinicians from across the country will converge at The University of Texas at El Paso for the second annual Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) Symposium.

The symposium will specifically focus on existing health disparities — health differences that exist between certain populations — along the U.S.-Mexico border, such as obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer.

UTEP students and faculty are invited to participate, as well as local researchers, doctors, nurses and clinicians. Interested individuals can register for the event until Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“We’re going to have presentations on topics that affect this area, such as ‘Breast Cancer in El Paso’ and the growing impact and threat of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases,” said Rosa Maldonado, D.Sc., an associate professor of biological sciences at UTEP, who coordinates the symposium.

The three-day event will include keynote talks from Vanderbilt University Pathologist Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D., Yuval Shaked, Ph.D., a molecular pharmacologist at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology and Stephen Beverley, Ph.D., a molecular parasitologist at the University of Washington in St. Louis.

Attendees can expect to use the event as a means to promote collaborative research, exchange information and ideas and discuss recent discoveries.

Maldonado said she is looking for to event because it will feature immense participation from UTEP faculty and students, as well as from individuals outside the University.

“This symposium will serve as another means to promote UTEP’s specialization in health disparities,” Maldonado said. “Collaborators always get very amazed with UTEP’s quality of infrastructure, core facilities and research performance.”

The symposium is funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

UTEP’s Border Biomedical Research Center focuses on health issues in the bicultural population of the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez region. The center has four research specialties in the areas of infectious disease and immunology; toxicology and cancer; neuromodulation disorders; and community outreach.

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