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Beckman Center’s Translational Research Program gets under way with cardiovascular risk seminar

Beckman Center’s Translational Research Program gets under way with cardiovascular risk seminar

The Translational Research Program kicks off its second annual seminar series with a talk titled "Development for a Novel Cardiovascular Risk Factor" presented by John Cooke, MD, PhD, professor of cardiovascular medicine, and Richard Zare, PhD, professor of chemistry, Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Munzer Auditorium.

Translational research aims to rapidly convert laboratory discoveries to practical patient-care tools. By encouraging collaboration between basic and clinical scientists, the Translational Research Program, led by Lucy Shapiro, PhD, director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, and Judith Swain, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, has devoted $1.2 million in support to eight interdisciplinary projects over three years.

The program has encouraged team efforts between the School of Medicine and the campus departments of chemistry and engineering to develop new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Each of the eight "bench-to-bedside" research projects will be the focus of a seminar throughout the 2003-04 academic year, with topics including biofilms, stem cells and molecular sensors.

For the full schedule, check the Beckman Center Web site at http://beckman.stanford.edu or contact Belinda Byrne at 724-0034.