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Preclinical research and development summit set for May 19 at MSU

May 5, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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A summit to help preclinical researchers network with colleagues across the state and identify funding sources will be held Wednesday, May 19, at Montana State University.

At the preclinical research and development summit, organizers will also provide consultation to summit participants. The event is set for 8-a.m.-3 p.m. at TechRanch, located just west of the MSU campus at 910 Technology Blvd. in Bozeman.

Preclinical research and development is a phase of medical research. In it, researchers test basic science discoveries that might have clinical uses for safety and possible effectiveness in treating a medical condition, according to Jane Shelby, executive director of Health Sciences at MSU.

Many scientists say it's challenging to find funding to adequately test these new discoveries, Shelby added.

"The summit will provide information and connections for researchers to successfully navigate preclinical testing of their discoveries, and open up possibilities for access to resources both at ITHS (Institute of Translational Health Sciences) and locally," Shelby said.

ITHS is a consortium of universities focused on building capacity and collaborations in the Northwest and headed by the University of Washington. Experts from UW will give presentations at the summit. The summit will also include presentations from representatives of the Montana Bioscience Alliance, MSU's Technology Transfer Office, and Bioscience Laboratories. Sessions will also be devoted to successes and challenges for researchers and developers, as well as available resources from the ITHS.

The summit is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required by May 12. To RSVP, e-mail Prairie Lee at TechRanch at plee@techranch.org.

Jane Shelby, jshelby@montana.edu or (406) 994-1670