USF Celebrates ResearchOne

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2008) – The University of South Florida shines a light on research the week of Nov. 3-7 with ResearchOne, an event showcasing USF’s world-class interdisciplinary research through open house events, symposia, talks by researchers, and discussion groups from the wide variety of research endeavors at every corner of the campus and beyond.

“This should be a very exciting week for the USF Community to connect with programs all across the campus and to learn about our exceptional programs and faculty and student successes,” said Karen A. Holbrook, vice president for research and innovation. “We hope that it will inform and stimulate new interactions. We thank everyone who is contributing time, energy and talent to this week-long exposition.”

Exhibitors will include research entities from USF as well as research and technology groups that are USF spin-offs and partners, including Natura Therapeutics, Inc., BioMed Immuotech, Inc., and Rehab Ideas.

The research spotlight will be shining on the Florida Center of Excellence for Biomolecular Identification and Targeted Therapeutics (FCoE-BITT), the first multidisciplinary university-wide Center of Excellence at USF. According to FCoE-BITT co-director Daniel Lim, FCoE-BITT brings together over 100 of the university’s top research faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences to develop innovative, state-of-the-art technologies to detect and diagnose infectious diseases and discover new drugs to effectively treat these diseases.

“FCoE-BITT provides researchers with high end specialized equipment, dedicated facilities, and academic-industry partnerships in a unique university environment to further develop and commercialize technologies and life-saving drugs discovered in USF research laboratories,” said Lim.

Represented as well during ResearchOne is Rehab Ideas, Inc., a spin-off from the USF College of Engineering’s Center for Rehabilitation and Technology. Founded by a group of rehabilitation engineers, specialists and experts in health care, Rehab Ideas, Inc. works toward applying the latest technology and engineering expertise to increase the independence of those with disabilities and mobility challenges. Innovative products, such as the off-road wheelchair and the sideways wheelchair now on the market are examples of technology that aid and enhance mobility.

“We are quite pleased to bring to the market so many new and innovative products,” said Stephen Sundarrao, director of the USF Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology. “Many of the products now helping people in their daily lives began with projects initiated by our rehabilitation engineering students.”

The USF College of Marine Science will also be represented by the presence of the people and technology behind the Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS), a real-time system of instrumentation along the west coast of Florida that provides data for predicting coastal flooding from storm surges, data relevant to the safety and efficiency of marine navigation, data for search and rescue efforts, and more.

“Our data and models communicate in real-time to federal, state and local emergency management officials via the Internet,” said Mark Luther, co-principal investigator for COMPS.

The week kicks off at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3 with a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. and remarks by USF President Judy Genshaft, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Karen A. Holbrook, and Senior Vice President of USF Health, Dr. Stephen Klasko. “

"Research is the foundation of everything we do, from our learning and discovery to our care of patients,” said Dr. Klasko who also serves as dean of the USF College of Medicine. “We want to improve the quality of life for our community, and we need the evidence to do it the right way."

The events slated for ResearchOne serve to highlight not only the creative and innovative foundation for USF research, but also USF’s success in attracting research dollars. USF’s research funding for FY 2007/2008 rose by 17 percent over last fiscal year’s figure to top out at $360, 169, 573, a more than $50 million increase over the FY 2005/2006 figure.

The range of sources for funding, remarked Holbrook, has become more diverse than ever, coming from federal, state and local government sources as well as a range of private sources, both nonprofit foundations and corporate.

“While bigger numbers are always a pleasure to announce, the real satisfaction, and the real benefit to society, comes from the USF people behind the research dollars and their innovative efforts to do good for people,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “What USF’s success in attracting research dollars really reflects is our commitment to our neighbors, the state, the nation and the world. Everyone will see that commitment on display during ResearchOne.”

Learn more about ResearchOne and see the full schedule of events at (http://www.research.usf.edu/ResearchOne/).

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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