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ODU's Reidy Center for Bioelectrics to Host Symposium, 'Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cancer Technologies,' April 14

Old Dominion University's Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics (CBE) has played an important role in the creation of the BioScience Forum of Hampton Roads, a group (formerly known as the BioVenture Forum) dedicated to expanding bioscience capabilities and opportunities in Hampton Roads.

The BioScience Forum will have its coming-out party Wednesday, April 14, at ODU, allowing the CBE to proudly display its state-of-the-art headquarters at Innovation Research Park @ ODU. The BioScience Forum will present a symposium, "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cancer Technologies in Hampton Roads, Virginia," from 5:30-8 p.m.

The program will take place in the CBE offices at 4211 Monarch Way. It will feature presentations aimed at integrating biotechnology into cancer research, and spotlight bioelectric technologies being used to advance cancer research.

The overall goal of the symposium, and the BioSicence Forum, is to promote the region's capabilities in the industry. Supporters hope that the group's efforts will lead to start-up biotech and bioscience ventures choosing Hampton Roads, luring investors and helping create a skilled, biotechnology workforce.

CBE director Richard Heller, a professor of medical laboratory and radiation sciences at ODU's College of Health Sciences, said the university is already recognized internationally as a leader in advancing the field of bioelectrics.

"As the center's expertise in basic research has been established and recognized by federal funding agencies, we are now moving into translating these technologies into novel treatment modalities, focusing on important human illnesses, including cancer and wound healing, as well as developing instrumentation for environmental applications," Heller said.

"We welcome the opportunity to host visitors from academic institutions, government agencies and industry, and for them to see the opportunities for collaboration at CBE and Innovation Research Park @ ODU."

Heller will make a presentation titled "Bioelectric Technology for Detecting and Treating Cancer" at Wednesday's symposium.

In addition to the presentations by researchers, the event will feature an introduction by Keith Carson, director of the BioScience Forum of Hampton Roads, and a discussion about Innovation Research Park @ ODU by Tom Osha, the university's executive director for economic development.

Chris Osgood, associate professor of biological sciences in ODU's College of Sciences, said the CBE is actively involved in collaborative work with a number of the university's colleges, as well as with Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

"In addition to these collaborations with other academic institutions, CBE is working with several companies. These collaborations are strategically positioned to help develop innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research and development," Osgood said.

The Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics is home to more than 40 researchers with expertise in engineering, physics, immunology, molecular biology and biology, working in newly constructed, state-of-the-art laboratories at Innovation Research Park @ ODU. Research at the center ranges from fundamental studies of electric field and plasma effects on biological cells to applied research with medical and commercial applications.

For information about the event, please see the bioscience forum Web site, at www.bioscienceforum.org

This article was posted on: April 12, 2010

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