Biomedical Research and Industry Day builds bridges between science and industry | Community

Biomedical Research and Industry Day builds bridges between science and industry |  Community

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – A biomedical researcher can’t just wake up one day and decide to “do science.”

Building a team and securing funding are two key aspects alongside the academic exercise of “doing science,” Kevin Lin told more than 100 aspiring researchers at the Biomedical Research and Industry Day (BRAID) hosted by LSUS.

Lin, an associate professor of neuroscience at LSU Health Shreveport, emphasized that the “science” that everyone loves to do requires networking, writing grants and building relationships.

“The best way to do this is you need to get grants before you publish your papers,” Lin said. “The people and relationships you form help you get funding, faster.

“A lot of people say they got into science because they want to hide behind a bench and never talk to anyone, but that’s not how the world works.”

The BRAID event is designed to build bridges between research and industry, and establish connections that will foster future scientific innovation.

LSUS hosted this event in partnership with LSU Health Shreveport entities such as the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences, the Center for Brain Health, and the Louisiana Center for Addiction Research. Other university partners include Centenary, Grambling, Louisiana Tech and ULM.

“BRAID is more than just a conference, it is a vibrant ecosystem of ideas that fosters innovation among students, scientists and clinicians,” said Wayne Nix, chief innovation officer at LSU Health Shreveport. “We celebrate the great minds in academia and industry coming together for a collaborative effort from all of our partners.

“We aim to build bridges between research and the world of industry. We’re all about starting conversations that lead to new discoveries and providing tomorrow’s leaders with the educational resources, collaborative networks and real-world experience you need to explore all the career possibilities in the biomedical sciences.”

Lin was one of three presenters and part of a day-long conference that included two panels.

Prashant Nedungadi, M.D., national vice president of guidelines for the American Heart Association, discussed how to translate research into clinical practice.

Gaurav Sharma touched on how artificial intelligence helps in the process of making medicines.

Episodes explored career paths for biomedical scientists and empowering biotechnology entrepreneurs. The last panel addressed legal strategies and government initiatives, as well as the role of artificial intelligence.

Student researchers and faculty from partner institutions made up the majority of attendees.

These researchers submitted a total of 71 research abstracts and full posters to illustrate their research interests.

LSUS Chancellor Robert Smith highlighted the importance of such an event on this campus and in this region.

“This is an opportunity for students, researchers, clinicians and industry partners to engage with each other on a range of topics important to our state and country,” Smith said. “Louisiana has made significant investments in biotechnology and biomedical applications, and we have an opportunity in the next few years to create a major national hub here in northwest Louisiana.”

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