Mountain West Consortium Conference

Mountain West Consortium Conference

>>HSC TV INTRO>>VOICE OVER: Dozens of leading researchers. Nine Universities. Two Days of invaluable collaboration. DR. SIDNEY McNAIRY/NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF
HEALTH: All that you do, every dime that you spend in
the name of the National Institutes of Health is for translational research. [nat sound break]>>VOICE OVER: This meeting of the minds at
the inaugural Mountain West Consortium Conference –
held in March at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque – aimed to strengthen and advance
ground breaking biomedical research throughout the region. [INSERT: gfx/map with university locations]>>VOICE OVER: Sixty-five faculty and university
leaders from these Mountain West institutions discussed their research strengths, and how
their respective universities might work together to take
important discoveries from the bench to the bedside.>>DR. PAUL ROTH/UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:
The purpose of our gathering over the next couple
of days is to determine the ways in which we can partner, draw on the strengths of our
respective institutions and produce something that is
going to be much greater than what we could ever hope to
accomplish on an individual basis.>>VOICE OVER: The conference was organized
by the University of New Mexico’s Dr. Richard Larson,
Vice President for Translational Research and director of UNM’s Clinical and Translational
Science Center, a crucial component of the consortium.>>DR. RICHARD LARSON/UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:
We hope with our ability to get federally recognized as a clinical and translational
science center here in New Mexico, that all of our partners in
the Mountain West will see us as their resource for doing translational science. [nat sound break]>>VOICE OVER: Among the consortium’s objectives:
Providing outstanding training opportunities in
translational research by capitalizing on the research strengths of participating institutions.>>DR. ANDRIJ HOLIAN/UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA:
What it really brings is an increase in critical mass,
which is one of the things that many of us working in smaller institutions have, we don’t
have that critical mass of investigators. This helps
create that.>>VOICE OVER: Participants discussed enhancing
research training through seminars and workshops, developing mentoring opportunities and implementing
exchange programs for faculty and students.>>DR. JEFFREY GRIFFITH/UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:
It provides a vehicle to exchange students and
best practices so that students outside nm can come and learn about clinical and translational
research. Many of the institutions we are partnering
with do not have medical schools, so this provides and
opportunity for them. And likewise, in some instances it allows our students to visit
their campuses and work in their labs and provide expertise
I think the other opportunity is in the direction of
training junior faculty – helping them better understand this translational perspective.
>>VOICE OVER: Consortium members also hope to better understand how they can build research
infrastructure support mechanisms that leverage the region’s best core facilities and research
support structures.
>>DR. KJ (JIM) LIU/UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO: So again, by exploring and defining what is
the strength of each university, then we can say,
oh I didn’t know you had that, can I use it? Or can I
borrow that idea? So by working together, you make each university a better university.
>>DR. JOCELYN KREBS/UNIV. OF ALASKA: Being able to pool expertise, being able to pool
the great minds that are spread across the West is really
going to strengthen us all.>>VOICE OVER: And that success, researchers
hope, will also lead to better health outcomes for the
people their institutions serve.>>DR. PAUL ROTH/UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:
And of course, the ultimate outcome isn’t so much what would serve our universities.
The outcome is what’s going to better improve the quality of life for the residents of our

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