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The three major research institutions in Norfolk are co-sponsors of "Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Research Expo 2006" Wednesday, April 5 at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center.

This will mark the first time Eastern Virginia Medical School has participated in the Expo. Last year's event, sponsored by Norfolk State University and ODU, attracted an audience of 1,000.

Attendees this year will have the opportunity to see nearly 400 exhibits and demonstrations of research projects and creative works by faculty members and students, as well as to hear a speech by Dr. Peter Doherty, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in medicine. His topic will be "Plagues, Pestilences and Influenza."

Also on the program are four panel discussions by academicians and other experts, including one titled "Emerging Infectious Diseases" that will relate to the speech of Dr. Doherty. The other panel discussions are titled, "Chesapeake Bay: Waters in Turmoil," "Homeland Security" and "Globalization and Its Impact on Hampton Roads."

For the first time this year, as well, about 10 corporations and agencies are presenting exhibits about their research achievements and challenges.

"We hope people in business, industry and various government positions who are interested in research will take this opportunity to network with researchers and scholars from our schools," said M. A. Karim, ODU vice president for research. "We believe that, through their participation in the Expo, our guests can discover academic research applicable to their work, and that some will discover academic partners to help them solve current or future problems."

Karim added, however, that the Expo will be interesting for school groups and others who do not work in research. Each segment of the event, which runs from noon to 7:30 p.m., will be free and open to the public. The Chesapeake Bay and the homeland security panel discussions will run simultaneous between 12:30 and 2, and the infectious diseases and the globalization discussions will be between 2:30-4. A reception with refreshments will begin at 4 and the keynote speech will be delivered at 5.

During the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event, prizes for posters will be presented to students and each institution will honor a researcher of the year.

The keynote speaker is an Australian who is professor for microbiology and immunology at the University of Melbourne and Michael F. Tamer Chair of Biomedical Research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Doherty and a colleague received the Nobel Prize for their discovery of how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells. Their discovery relates to efforts to strengthen the immune response against invading microorganisms and certain forms of cancer, as well as to ways to diminish the effects of autoimmune reactions in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatic conditions, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

For more information about Research Expo, click on the event's link at http://web.odu.edu/oduhome/research.shtml.

This article was posted on: March 28, 2006

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