Medical and health research has enormous potential for addressing community health threats such as the opioid addiction and building a strong science and technology hub. Leaders from government, industry, academia, and scientific societies will discuss the role of public and private sector research in supporting the local economy and improving the health of citizens in West Virginia at a forum on Monday, October 16 on the campus of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will open the program, titled “West Virginia Research and Innovation: A catalyst for better health and economic growth” along with Brad Fenwick, Ph.D., senior vice president of global strategic alliances, Elsevier. The forum panel will be moderated by Judy Miller Jones, founding director, National Health Policy Forum. Panelists include: Rear Admiral James C. “Jim” Olson, USCG (ret.), U.S. interdiction coordinator, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President; Marcia K. Brand, Ph.D., senior advisor, Dental Quest Foundation; Fred White, senior director of business development, ABS Consulting; Cannon Wadsworth, director state and commercial programs, Global Science & Technology, Inc.; and Dr. Fenwick. The panel discussion will focus on the role of research in curbing the opioid crisis, improving health outcomes in rural Appalachia, West Virginia’s knowledge economy and private sector innovation in the state.
Research!America’s president and CEO Mary Woolley will also present key findings of a new survey of West Virginians on medical and health research. The program will be livestreamed at http://www.shepherd.edu/research-america.