By Wendy Sarubbi | March 18, 2013 4:43 pm

Scientists from the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute gathered March 14 at the medical school to exchange ideas on collaborative research opportunities.

Burnett school research faculty discussed their research focused on the health issues that plague humanity – cancer, cardiovascular, infectious and neurodegenerative disease. Sanford-Burnham scientists summarized their work in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic signaling and cardiovascular pathobiology.

The goal of the Meet & Greet was to foster communication and synergies between the research entities that are Lake Nona neighbors. Another collaboration meeting is set for March 21 that will include Nemours Children’s Hospital and the VA.

“This event was hard-core science being presented and an opportunity for us to get together and make connections,” said Dr. Richard Peppler, associate dean of faculty and academic affairs at the College of Medicine and interim director of the Burnett School. “We share some common interests and research approaches. With full accreditation and the growth of both our institutions, we’re at the right point to enhance our partnerships.”

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