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Health Science Welcomes 21st Research Symposium On Nov. 12

Published: November 1, 2010

CSULB’s Department of Health Science welcomes the return to campus of the 21st Annual Long Beach Research Symposium on Friday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pointe of the Pyramid. Admission is free. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

The Symposium will explore such biomedical research topics as clinical trials, applied, public health, and basic science as well as offer a series of approximately 40 biomedical posters created by researchers, faculty members and student-faculty teams. The symposium represents a consortium of CSULB, the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Long Beach and will be introduced by representatives of all three centers including Health Science Chair Robert Friis.

“I’m proud of the Health Science Department, the College of Health and Human Services, and the university and the solid record we have earned sponsoring these conferences, which rotate among each of the centers every three years,” said Friis, who joined the university in 1988.

“This year’s keynote speaker will be Andrea Hricko, professor of preventive medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, who will talk about ‘Our Southern California Ports – Gateways to Health or Harm?’ Hricko is a very distinguished expert speaking on a topic of great interest to residents of our area. Our last on-campus conference in 2007 heard Health and Human Services’ Veronica Acosta-Deprez and Sarath Gunatilake discuss emergency preparedness.”

Friis credits health science for its dedication in organizing the symposium.

“This represents a lot of effort by faculty, staff and students,” he said. “Students will serve as volunteers at this year’s symposium. What participants can expect to get out of their attendance will be opportunities to network with other professionals working on similar projects. Students will get first-hand information about career opportunities in biomedical research, develop potential internships and meet professional role models. This is a really important venue for the exchange of information.”

Friis characterized past conferences as very successful and heavily attended.

“I’ve received plenty of positive feedback from participants,” he said. “I get ‘thank yous’ and kudos from faculty members, administrators and students alike as well as from the other centers.”

Friis encourages the campus community to attend the symposium, noting that the event offers an outstanding opportunity for networking and a chance to embark on some spearhead biomedical explorations that have become strategic priorities for the federal government.

“What happens at this conference will have an effect on the California economy and fits in with this campus’ growing interest in biomedical research,” he said

–Richard Manly