April 04, 2007

Research ShowCase: The Future is Now

Symposium, Panels, Dramatic Interpretation Kickoff Research ShowCASE


Case Western Reserve University's fifth annual Research ShowCASE 2007 is a free, two-day public exhibit that highlights the best and brightest from among its research community. The annual program on April 11 and 12 at the Veale Convocation, Recreation, and Athletic Center offers a rare glimpse into the breadth of research unfolding at the university and with its research affiliates, including University Hospitals Case Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

The Information Revolution Symposium with keynote speaker Joseph Wilson, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and author of The Politics of Truth, will kick off the annual event on April 11. In addition to the more than 500 posters on display and live demonstrations, ShowCASE 2007 will have a series of panel forums from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30-2 p.m. on April 12 on such topics as research funding challenges and opportunities, disparities in health care, and new developments in medical technology and bio-imaging.

Evocative playwright, actress and MacArthur Award fellow Anna Deavere Smith will render a dramatic interpretation of "Race and the Nation—Snapshots of America in Change," to launch the series of forums on April 12. Deavere Smith will transform herself into individuals who explore issues of race, community and character in America. She will join the panel with moderator Dee Perry, local host of 90.3 FM IdeaStream's Around Noon, who will direct a discussion on the increasing complexity of American race relations and the concern over the persistent disparity in the nation's health-care systems.

Obtaining funding for research and turning research into a business are two different processes. Walter DeForest, partner in the law firm of DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis Kaplan & Berardinelli, will moderate "Fast Forward—The Future of Funding," a discussion that will include the entire funding cycle, with expertise from masters of research and commercial funding, investors and a successful entrepreneur. An analysis of emerging trends in funding will help researchers identify potential pitfalls and sound resources.

Registration results for high
resolution MRI and SPECT images.
Taken separately, the two sets of
data were fused using a mutual
information algorithm.

Through powerful developments in bio-imaging, molecules are visible and complex cellular processes can be understood by seeing them take place. These and other innovations make science immediate and add to the medical toolboxes of the future. How will these fast-track tools be part of immediate diagnostic methods? How can they become simpler and more cost-effective? The final panel discussion, "Magic Technology—Advances in Bio-Imaging," will examine these topics with moderator David Wilson, professor of biomedical engineering at the university.

Research ShowCASE 2007 supports collaborations that will drive the research and discoveries necessary to strengthen and position Greater Cleveland and Ohio for sustained economic growth throughout the 21st century. A key goal is to promote efforts to move university research out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Research ShowCASE 2007 sponsors are University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Inside Business magazine, Thompson Hine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Kaplan attorneys at law.

For more information contact Marsha Bragg, 216.368.6949.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 4, 2007 10:29 AM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics, Research, Science, Technology

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