Wednesday, March 23, 2005

As part of the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) program, Fairmont State University is hosting six speakers on campus from Thursday, March 24, to Tuesday, April 26.

The main emphasis of WV-INBRE is to strengthen biomedical undergraduate programs with educational and research links across West Virginia's universities. Through WV-INBRE, FSU faculty members Dr. Mark Flood and Dr. Albert Magro each received a $1 million National Institutes of Health five-year grant.

"The seminar series will give the attendee a perspective of cell signaling mechanisms important to cancer and other diseases," Magro said. "It will also provide a perspective of important research activities on-going within the academic institutions of West Virginia."

The speakers who are presenting as part of the series are investigating important health problems such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. They are studying fundamental mechanisms of these diseases.

All presentations will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 302 of Hunt Haught Hall on the main FS campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Dr. Albert Magro at (304) 367-4877 or Dr. Mark Flood at (304) 367-4309. A complete schedule for the series follows.

Biomedical Speakers Series Schedule

MARCH

24
Robert Kreisberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
West Liberty State College
and
Amy Clark
FSU Biology graduate

Presentation: "Do Triglycerides Have a Role in Heart Disease?"

31
Cynthia Cunningham, Ph.D.
Technical Director
Flow Cytometric Core Facility
Research Faculty
West Virginia University Health Science Center

Presentation: "Flow Cytometry: Your Cells Never Looked so Good"

APRIL

5
Stephen E. Alway, Ph.D., FACSM
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Laboratory of Muscle Biology and Sarcopenia
Division of Exercise Physiology
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Presentation: "The Role of Apoptosis in Muscle Loss with Disuse and Aging"

14
Yehenew Agazie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Member of the Mary B. Randolph Cancer Center
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Presentation: "The Role of SHP2 in Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling and its Implication in Cancer"

21
Stephen Graber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Presentation: "Fantastic Voyage II: Marveling over Molecular Mechanisms"

26
Steven Frisch, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Member of the Mary B. Randolph Cancer Center
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Presentation: "Cell Adhesion and Apoptosis"