Explaining the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative’s (IHSI) purpose of catalyzing, connecting, supporting, and engaging health sciences research, Director Neal J. Cohen spoke to nearly 100 campus community members at the IHSI town hall meetings on October 13 and 14.
During the meetings, Cohen illustrated ways faculty and investigators can take advantage of the resources and services IHSI provides to build their health sciences research on the Urbana campus. He highlighted unique opportunities available through local and national clinical partnerships that IHSI maintains. Cohen also introduced the current IHSI Program Areas—Cancer, Precision Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Neuroscience—as well as the IHSI research development specialist staff charged with growing collaboration in each area.
“The presentation of the scope and scale of IHSI’s activities was inspiring, and I was pleased to see many new faces in the group,” said Beckman Institute research assistant professor Ed Maclin.
Earlier in the semester, IHSI identified biostatistics and biostatistical analysis as needs within the broader health research community. Faculty from the Department of Statistics attended the meetings, eager to collaborate with researchers on biostatistics projects. Following the presentation, Cohen fielded questions about IHSI and encouraged health sciences research-related conversations to continue.
Not able to attend? View the full IHSI town hall meeting presentation here.