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Veterans Affairs Research Conference
to be Held in Columbia

The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital has been selected to host the Second National Veterans Health Affairs Research Conference in partnership with the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine. The conference will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. on May 18 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 19 in the hospital auditorium.

The theme of the conference is “21st Century Translational Medicine: Path to Progress for Improving Veterans Health.” The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs launched the annual conference in 2015 to accelerate the development of patient-specific medicine using the latest discoveries of nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Serving as co-chairs coordinating the conference are Rajiv R. Mohan, MSc, PhD, FARVO, Ruth M. Kraeuchi Endowed Professor in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the CVM; resident research coordinator at the Mason Eye Institute, MU School of Medicine; and health research scientist, ophthalmology and molecular medicine at Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital; and Adam Whaley-Connell, DO, MSPH, Med, associate chief of staff for research and development at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital; and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, MU School of Medicine.

Activities scheduled for May 18 are by invitation and include a keynote speech and panel discussions.

Scientific sessions begin at 8:15 a.m. on May 19, and are open to the public. Topics and speakers for each include:

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: “Innovative Cancer Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging”
Moderators: Suzanne Patton, MD, Kunal Chaudhary, MD, and Mike Lewis, PhD.
Speakers: Jeff Smith, PhD, research scientist, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital; Susan Deutscher, PhD, research scientist, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital; Shyam Mohapatra PhD, research career scientist, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, Florida; Slava Glinskii, MD, research scientist, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital; Jeffrey Bryan DVM, PhD, DACVIM-Oncology, director, Comparative Oncology and Epigenetics Lab and Scott Endowed Program in Veterinary Oncology; and Sharad Khare, PhD, research scientist, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital.

10.45 a.m. to 12:45p.m.: “Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases: Bench to Bedside Translation”
Moderators: Kul Aggarwal MD, Muzow Zuidena MD, and Anand Chockalingam MD.
Speakers: William Sivitz, MD, research career scientist, Iowa City VA Health Care System; Anjan Kowluru, PhD, senior research career scientist, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan; and Lakshmi Pulakat, PhD, research scientist, Whaley-Connell, William Fay, MD, research scientist, Bysani Chandrasekar, PhD, research career scientist, and Shawn Bender, PhD, research scientist, all of Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital.

1 to 2.30 p.m.: Lunch and poster viewing

3 to 5 p.m.: “Translational Life Changing Therapies for Eye, Sleep, and Neurological Diseases”
Moderators: Frank Rieger, MD, Elizabeth Giuliano, DVM, MS, DACVO, and Pradeep Sahota, MD.
Speakers: Ruth Caldwell, PhD, research career scientist, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia; Mohan; Nathan Heeseman MD, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital; Shubra Mohapatra, PhD, research scientist, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, Florida; Mahesh Thakkar, PhD, research scientist, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital; and Asgar Zaheer, PhD, research career scientist, Truman Veterans’ Memorial Hospital

Whaley-Connell will deliver closing remarks after the final speaker.

Sponsors for the conference include, the Missouri Foundation for Veterans Medical Research, Columbia, Missouri, the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and the MU School of Medicine Mason Eye Institute and Department of Neurology.

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