Caffeinated Conversations

Please join us for coffee, cookies, and lively conversation!

Spring 2015

Refreshments at 3:15 pm
Presentations at 3:30 pm 

Contact the Research Office for more information at 612-624-2744. Please check back for the fall schedule. 

February 18

Dr. Claudia Neuhauser, Director of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) -  "Informatics Institute (UMII)" 
215 VetSci Bldg

Dr. Claudia Neuhauser is the Director of the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), which is an institute within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Claudia will present the vision and goals of UMII, how they relate to the vision of OVPR, and how informatics can advance and support research at the University and, more specifically, the College of Veterinary Medicine. She will open up the discussion as to how UMII can help and support research in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

March 25 

"Resources for Researchers"

Caitlin Bakker, Biomedical Research Services Liaison, will present on the Libraries' data management related services. The discussion will include intellectual property and research data, the University's recently implemented research data management policy, and proposed changes to federal funding requirements, including NIH. She will highlight libraries' services developed to meet researchers' needs in this changing landscape.

"The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)”
Dr. Sandra Wells is the Assistant Director of the Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) in the U of MN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Sandra will discuss ODAT's programs to help advance promising ideas and discoveries along the translational path. She will provide information about funding and other resources available to assist in the translation of research discoveries into new drugs, diagnostics, devices and treatment approaches.

April 15 

"MIN-Reach Funding Opportunities"
Vadim Gurvich, Ph.D., Associate Director with the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development in the U’s College of Pharmacy and Co-I of MIN-REACH (Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub) will discuss this exciting new program supported by a $3 million NIH grant and $3 million in U of M matching funds.

The program will:
• Provide commercial expertise and resources needed for the development and commercialization of diagnostics, therapeutics, preventive medicine and medical devices
• provide entrepreneurial, commercial-style education for innovators to accelerate the pace at which innovations reach the marketplace
• fund between 10-20 research projects

Experimental Surgical Services 
Professor Richard Bianco of the Department of Surgery and Dr. Nicholas Robinson of Veterinary Population Medicine will discuss the history and future of Experimental Surgical Services (ESS) in the context of medical device evaluation in an academic setting. ESS partners with external and internal sponsors to conduct medical device evaluation with the final goal of regulatory approval for clinical use worldwide. These partnerships provide a number of opportunities for industry collaboration, research, and training of students from undergraduate level through to graduate students and medical and veterinary residents across the university.





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