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Six summer research programs come together for Biomedical Research Day

Published August 1, 2013

On Aug., 2, more than 100 student scientists from across the country will convene at UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) to show off posters describing the results of research they completed at UB and other regional institutions.

The summer poster exhibition is a highlight of six Buffalo programs that introduce students from Western New York and far beyond to biomedical research opportunities in the region. This year’s participants hail from places as far away as Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 2 on the fifth floor of the CTRC, and is part of a broader range of activities that day that will also include oral presentations by student researchers.

At noon, after the poster expo, University at Buffalo Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Charles Zukoski, PhD, will deliver a keynote speech, talking to students about his personal experience as an internationally recognized researcher in chemical engineering.

The research programs taking part include:

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURE) at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Student Research Program at the UB School of Dental Medicine
  • Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • T35 Research Program in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Summer Apprentice Program at the Hauptman-Woodward Biomedical Research Institute
  • Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences Undergraduate Program (CLIMB UP at UB), with several students funded by the Institute for the Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED)

Each summer, these programs give ambitious and highly qualified undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to come to Buffalo to conduct meaningful research.

For students from outside of Western New York, participating means a chance to see, firsthand, the exciting transformation that is taking place in Buffalo with regards to the expansion of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and biomedical research.  

“The level of excitement these students have is one demonstration of how research is growing rapidly in Buffalo on a national and international scale,” said SURE Director Terry D. Connell, a UB professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. “We have students from all over the country who are getting a real taste for the state-of-the-art research that’s being performed in Buffalo.”

This year’s student investigators explored topics including, but not limited to, infectious disease, neuroscience, pharmacology, protein structure, periodontal disease and cancer.