ORED hosting March 21 Symposium on Public Health and Health Sciences Research

The university's Office of Research and Economic Development will host a Symposium on Public Health and Health Sciences Research on March 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Ballroom M of the Colvard Student Union.

Mississippi State is poised to be a major contributor to important research and outreach priorities among Public Health and Health Sciences funders. Please join ORED, a panel of distinguished guests, and our MSU faculty research colleagues, for a discussion about research in Public Health and Health Sciences. The goals of the event are 1) to be a catalyst for future conversations around the current issues and challenges around several sub-topics central to "health," and 2) to coalesce interest among MSU stakeholders and identify institutional capacities to pursue funding in these areas.

Registration is required and may be completed at www.research.msstate.edu/initiatives/seminars.

Topics, agenda, and panelists are as follows:

-- Health Policy (as related to rural health, marginalized/underrepresented populations, and health equity)

-- One Health (as a whole and as the fundamental science opportunities contained within that scope)

-- Health Workforce (future areas of opportunity and growth/training demands and infrastructure needs)

-- Mental Health (including behavioral health and substance abuse topics - across all age groups)

-- The Future of Health (opportunities in biotechnology, digital health, risk mitigation and public safety, other fundamental science topics)


1:00 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions - Dr. Julie Jordan, MSU Vice President for Research & Economic Development

1:10-2:15 p.m.: Guest Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Health and Health Research

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Dean, John D. Bower School of Population Health, Professor and Clinician, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Dr. Kaye Bender, Executive Director, Mississippi Public Health Association

Ms. Sara Adams, Senior Medical Device Guru, Greenlight Guru (biotech)

Ms. Ruth Ann Rigby, Chief Strategy Officer, J. Flowers Health Institute

2:15-2:45 p.m.: Panel/Audience Q&A

2:45-3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00-4:00 p.m.: MSU Panel: MSU's Role and Potential Impact in the Health Research Space

Dr. Margaret Khaitsa, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine Pathobiology/Population Medicine Department

Dr. David Buys, Associate Professor, Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Dr. Lauren Priddy, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Dr. Michael Nadorff, Associate Professor & Director, Psychology

Dr. Rick Kilgore, Associate Clinical Professor & Associate Director, MSU Physician Assistant program

Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Architecture, Art, & Design

4:00-4:30 p.m.: MSU Panel Q&A

4:30-5:00 p.m.: Mix and mingle

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