Touro College of Pharmacy Inaugurates New Research Laboratory with Symposium on Translational Medicine

Date: November 08, 2012
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New York, N.Y. – Touro College of Pharmacy is celebrating completion of a new, multi-disciplinary research laboratory by hosting a symposium that will bring together renowned scientists, academicians and industrial leaders in pharmaceutics and biotechnology.

Titled “Translational Medicine: Scientific Initiatives Designed to Deliver Future Healthcare Benefits,” the symposium will take place on Thursday, November 15 at the Touro College of Pharmacy, located at 231 W. 124th Street in Harlem from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Translational medicine is a medical practice that uses scientific research to optimize patient care, turning appropriate biological discoveries into drugs and medical devices that can be used in treatment.

“Translational medicine is very current and important now, in science, industry and academia,” said Zvi G. Loewy, Ph.D, professor and chair of the College’s Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences. “In hosting this symposium to celebrate our new laboratory, Touro College of Pharmacy is underscoring its commitment to creating a premier academic institution in the pharmacological sciences.”

After introductory and welcoming remarks from Founding Dean Dr. Stuart Feldman, four renowned scientists, from industry and academia, will present on two main areas of interest in translational medicine: oncology and antibiotics. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Loewy.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. Herman Steller, Strang Professor and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute of The Rockefeller University, who will discuss “Targeting IAPs for Cancer Therapy”

  • Dr. Allan R. Goldberg, CEO, Avacyn Pharmaceuticals, who will speak on “Developing the Next Generation of Anti-Bacterial Drugs to Overcome Induction to Drug Resistance: A Collaboration Between Academia and Industry”

  • Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo, Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation and Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and Cell Biology & Anatomy at New York Medical College, who will

address “Treatment of Pediatric Burkitt Lymphoma: Bedside to Bench and Back to Bedside”

  • Dr. Cristina Giachetti, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Hologic/Gen-Probe, who will speak about “HPV Oncogenic mRNA Detection in Cervical Cancer Screening”

The Touro College of Pharmacy, which opened in Harlem in September 2008, is committed to offering increased educational opportunities – especially in Harlem – through programs in pharmacy education, research and scholarship, and through services to the community and the profession. The school’s unique “2+2” educational model provides two years of instruction followed by two years of full-time experiential education. For practice experience, the College has established significant affiliations at 83 sites, including at pharmacies, hospitals, community- based organizations, public agencies and health insurance organizations. Additionally, the school and its students have won significant awards and recognition, including from the American Pharmacist Association, the United States Public Health Service, and the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists.