By Wendy Sarubbi | August 6, 2015 7:05 pm

The Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences will welcome 37 new graduate students this fall with the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium on August 20, an event that highlights the variety of research students and faculty are conducting.

The symposium will feature student research presentations on topics ranging from the role of chronic pancreatitis in pancreatic cancer to whether fats in the diet can cause inflammatory bowel disease. Organizers say the program’s goal is two-fold: provide public presentation experience for existing Burnett School graduate students and show new students all the research specialties and mentors available at the school. The College of Medicine’s Burnett School focuses research on the conditions that plague humanity – cancer, cardiovascular, infectious and neurodegenerative disease.

The symposium’s featured speaker is Fred Gorelick, M.D., professor of medicine and cell biology and director of the Digestive Diseases Research Training Program at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Gorelick will speak on “Unexpected Metabolic Mediators of Injury and Inflammation.” His laboratory studies acute cell and tissue injury using models of pancreatitis and he is specifically interested in identifying pathologic signaling pathways that can be therapeutically targeted. Dr. Gorelick’s keynote address runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium of the medical education building.

This year’s new Burnett School graduate students are in a variety of programs. Ten are seeking Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. Sixteen are seeking M.S. degrees in biotechnology and 11 are seeking M.S. degrees in biomedical sciences.


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