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CMSRU Research Day will highlight Rowan research in Camden and beyond

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) is hosting a major, Rowan university-wide biomedical- and bioengineering- focused research symposium at its Camden, N.J., school on Tuesday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The free conference, "Advancing Research in Camden,” will include plenary sessions by two nationally-renowned guest speakers and a poster session featuring the work of Rowan faculty research scientists and students from across Rowan’s campuses in Camden, Stratford and Glassboro.

 “It is part of our mission to not just impart knowledge, but to create knowledge,” said Annette C. Reboli, MD, dean of CMSRU. “We are proud to host this important event at CMSRU in Camden, and to welcome faculty and students from Rowan’s other campuses in Glassboro and Stratford for a day of learning and networking,”

Plenary speakers include Ross McKinney, MD, chief scientific officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, who holds numerous titles from The University of Connecticut, including: university professor, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and professor of biomedical engineering; director, The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences; director, The Institute for Regenerative Engineering; and chief executive officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

Dr. McKinney will present “The Challenge of Anticipating the Future in Biomedical Research” during the morning plenary, from 11 a.m. to Noon.  Poster presentations and lunch will immediately follow, then Dr. Laurencin will present “Regenerative Engineering: A New Convergence Field” at 2 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to network during a special reception at 3 p.m.

Last year, Rowan President Ali Houshmand, with approval of the Rowan University Board of Trustees, created a $50 million fund to expand research opportunities and collaborations with various health care entities in Camden. The funds will allow for continued cooperation with Cooper University Health Care to develop a program of medical research at CMSRU in collaboration with the colleges and schools of Rowan, and in partnership with Cooper University Health Care/MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Coriell Institute, and other life sciences partners. Categories for research investment include: cancer, biomedical engineering and science, neuromedicine, and engineering health communities.

“Collaboration is critical to accomplish the research that impacts the health of our communities, including tackling some of the grand challenges in medical research,” said Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president of Research at Rowan University. “Those collaborations start right here on our campuses and extend to our partners, both local and regional. The symposium allows us to highlight some of the achievements we’re making in medical research, thanks to strong collaborations.”

CMSRU’s Research Day is free and open to the entire Rowan community. For more information or to register to attend this event, visit