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30th MSC Annual Research and Education Forum: Public Health in the Knowledge Society

The University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus recently held its 30th Annual Research and Education Forum on March 24-26, 2010. This year theme focused on the role of Public Health in the knowledge Society. The activity was dedicated to the Graduate School of Biosocial Sciences and Public Health on its 40th anniversary. The Forum provided an opportunity for researchers, professionals, and students to present their works, while promoting the development of new scientific and educational collaboration projects.

(Photos courtesy of 30th MSC Annual Research and Education Forum Official Website)


The Keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Norman Maldonado, former President of University of Puerto Rico, who opened the inaugural session presenting his dissertation: “Medicine: Past, Present and Future”.  Other presentations included: “Training the Knowledge Makers of the Future in Clinical & Translational Research at M. D. Anderson and UT Houston” by Dr. George M. Stancel, Dean of the University of Texas’ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston; “The MD/PhD Combined Degree Program: Preparing Hispanic Scientists to Set the Gold Standard in Translational Cancer Research” by Dr. Ilka C. Ríos Reyes, D.M.D., M.S. Interim Dean of Student Affairs, Medical sciences Campus; “School Located Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccination Initiative in Puerto Rico’s Public Schools” by Dr.Johnny Rullán. MD, MPH; and “De Clinton a Obama: La Reforma de Salud en dos tiempos” by Dr. Annette Ramírez de Arellano, Ph.D., MCHP, MCP (Researcher on health service issues for national advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.).

(Photos courtesy of 30th MSC Annual Research and Education Forum Official Website)


In addition to several UPR’s faculty members, other guest speakers included Dr. George Taylor, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and consultant and advisor for the National Institute of Dental and craniofacial Research and the American Diabetes Association; Dr. Karen Novak, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry;  Dr. John Novak, Professor and Researcher of University of Kentucky College of Dentistry,  Adjunct Professor U of Kentucky School of Medicine, OBGYN Department, Advisor and Consultant of March of Dimes; and James Maguire MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine – Harvard Medical School.

The plenary sessions covered nine areas: medicine, cancer, School of Health Professions, School of Dental Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and Academic Affairs. The results obtained by the participants were presented in 26 lectures, 57 section lectures, and 9 contributions were presented in the poster.  During the three-day forum included 222 oral and poster presentations by investigators, health professionals and graduate students from the UPR Medical Sciences Campus, Universidad Central del Caribe, and Ponce Medical School.