The buckeye state, often associated with prestigious universities and national sports teams, is also home to a thriving biomedical research ecosystem. Highlighting Ohio as a model for the nation is the focus of a June 6 forum “Medical Research: The Right Prescription for Economic Growth” on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio.
The forum’s panel discussion will be moderated by Research!America board member Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. Panelists include: Walter Koroshetz, M.D., director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); Michael Drake, M.D., president, Ohio State University; Research!America board member Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., EVP and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP); Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals; Joe Kanfer, chairman and CEO, GOJO Industries; and Research!America board member Sudip Parikh, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of health and analytics, Battelle. Research!America board member Jay Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of NEOMED and nearly a dozen Ohio university presidents will provide remarks, along with Andrew Doehrel, president and CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley will release new survey results related to Ohioans’ views about research and innovation.
Nearly 60 percent of Ohioans report having at least one chronic disease or clinical risk factor for arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stroke. “Ohio has the uniqueness of being a health care epicenter that is also trending higher in disease and chronic conditions, but that trend is reversible,” said Walter E. Horton Jr., Ph.D., vice president for research, dean, College of Graduate Studies, professor, anatomy & neurobiology at NEOMED, in a recent Ohio Matters op-ed. Medical research is a “team sport,” he added, noting that partnerships between industry and academia are addressing health challenges and supporting economic growth.
For more information about the program, visit www.neomed.edu/researchamerica.