April 29, 2005

Research Office to host town hall meetings

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Jack Starmer, M.D.

Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend a “town hall” meeting on May 4 to discuss a new strategic plan for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s research enterprise.

The meeting will be held 3-5 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research, will present an outline of the plan for open feedback and critique.

A second town meeting will be held the following week, 9:30-11:30 a.m., May 10 in 208 Light Hall.

The goal of the plan is to strengthen the basic sciences and translational research in three broad theme areas:

• Personalized Medicine — individualizing care by understanding how a person’s molecular, economic and social context predicts risk of disease and response to therapy;

• Therapeutic Discovery and Translation — discovering new therapies and therapeutic targets, and accelerating their translation to clinical practice; and

• Population Health Care — understanding how best to deliver the highest quality health care to diverse populations.

For more information, contact Cindy Sircy in the Office of Research at 343-0729.