Western University of Health Sciences held its fourth Research Day on March 25, 2011, featuring guest speakers and poster presentations that highlighted the continuing growth of research on campus.
WesternU has more than 70 research scientists working on 54 projects that have garnered $6.1 million in funding this calendar year, said Steven Henriksen, PhD, Vice President for Research and Biotechnology.
“The pace of science happening at WesternU is growing exponentially,” he said.
WesternU researchers are publishing articles in the New England Journal of Medicine and other prestigious publications, receiving National Institutes of Health grant funding, and collaborating with many other universities.
The Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences opened in January 2010, serving as a driver of biomedical research at the university. WesternU faculty members work together based on common biomedical research interests rather than their particular college affiliation.
“It’s fantastic we have such a diverse number of fields now with all the different colleges,” said Mathew Wedel, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the College of Podiatric Medicine. “We have new research potential for collaboration.”
Dr. Wedel is co-author of the study, “‘Thunder thighs’ of the Cretaceous: anatomy of the new dinosaur Brontomerus,” which describes the discovery of a new dinosaur species. He presented a poster at Research Day, which also included everything from research into cancer, autism and Alzheimer’s Disease to avian influenza and genomics.