Press ReleaseDate: 06-20-12
Name: Rob Forman Phone: 973 972 7276
UMDNJ Research Symposium Explores Advances in Child Health
Kathleen Scotto, PhD, Vice President for Research and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offered welcoming remarks and cited statistics on childhood obesity, domestic violence and autism spectrum disorders in the state. Keynote speaker Bruce McEwen, PhD, of The Rockefeller University, presented, �The Brain on Stress: What Does Neuroscience Tell Us about Therapies for Brain Health?� Among the subjects he addressed was impact of childhood stress on brain metabolism and on health later in life.
The morning session also featured four presentations by UMDNJ faculty, including James Millonig, PhD, Assistant Dean of Medical Science Training and Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at RWJMS; Paola Leone, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, School of Osteopathic Medicine; Scott Diehl, PhD, Professor of Oral Biology at New Jersey Dental School; and William Gause, PhD, University Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Research at New Jersey Medical School.
In the afternoon, faculty representing all UMDNJ schools and their colleagues delivered presentations about their research. Afternoon breakout sessions were divided across the following four research areas: Environmental and Community Impacts on Child Health and Disease; Inflammatory Processes in Child Health and Impact of Infectious Disease on Child Health; Understanding, Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children; and Nutritional Influences on Child Health and Impact on Disease.
The event included a lively poster session with over 50 posters on display and tours of the New Brunswick facilities dedicated to child health. Abstract books of all work presented at the event are available at: http://www.umdnj.edu/tech2web/symposium_agenda.htm.
Media interested in interviewing UMDNJ participants in the symposium should contact Rob Forman, UMDNJ Chief of News Services, at 973-972-7276 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey�s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey�s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the state.