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Delaware Health Sciences Alliance to Hold 3rd Annual Research Symposium

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Wilmington, DE — The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA), of which Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is a founding member, will host its third annual Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the Dorrance Hamilton Building of Thomas Jefferson University.

Hundreds of clinicians and biomedical researchers from the DHSA partner institutions will come together to share common goals of advancing translational research, creating a biomedical workforce pipeline, and improving the health of millions of patients in the Delaware Valley.

Dr. Anand Parekh, deputy assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the keynote address; and Dr. Mark Hyman, chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Functional Medicine in Lenox, MA, will give the forum address.

The conference will showcase existing joint programs among the DHSA institutions and explore new opportunities to enhance translational research collaborations.

Additionally, Samuel Gidding, Nemours Biomedical Research, will present the findings from the 2010 DHSA symposium; Scott Waldman, professor at Jefferson Medical College, will report on progress with the DHSA’s Delaware Valley Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences; and research posters will be displayed throughout the day in the lobby.

Registration is $40 for DHSA members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for students. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and all sessions. Online registration is available.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.