Program Director Robert Hanzlik (right with NCRR Health Scientist Administrator Michael Sayre) and three COBRE-PSF investigators traveled to Washington, D.C., in early August 2008 to attend the 2nd Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE). The event was held to showcase and promote the objectives and scientific achievements of the IDeA Program, including both Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBREs) and IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBREs).
The scientific and training agenda, which was similar to the program in 2006, included plenary presentations, keynote presentations in selected areas of scientific investigation, poster presentations by IDeA scientists, and workshops. The workshops are designed for attendees to acquire new scientific and/or career skills. James Bann (left), assistant professor of chemistry at Wichita State University, stands beside his poster at the event. KU assistant professor of astronomy and physics Christopher Fischer presented a poster.
COBRE-PSF investigator Roberto De Guzman (right), KU assistant professor of Molecular Biosciencees, also attended the symposium and presented a poster. The meeting is open to ALL IDeA (COBRE and INBRE) participants and all other interested parties. IDeA Principal Investigators are encouraged to bring along their project investigators, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students.