UTPB planning biomedical research camp

The UTPB Biomedical Research Center and the College of Arts and Sciences are co-sponsoring a Biomedical Research Experience Camp July 12-23 at the Science and Technology Building on the University of Texas Permian Basin campus.

The Biomedical Research Center focuses on areas of biomedical research such as cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, selective drug delivery mechanisms, CO releasing molecules as pharmaceutical drug systems, and healthcare analytics.

Chao Dong, assistant professor of chemistry, and Mei-Zhen Cui, professor of biology, are hosting the two week research experience. By learning through live instruction and mentoring, students will have some of the best hands on experience and expand their knowledge in biomedical research, information from UTPB said.

The Biomedical Research Center is committed to assist in the development of the next generation of biomedical professionals for the Permian Basin region. The UTPB Biomedical Research Center focus is on state-of-the-art research primarily in the areas of heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, gout, and biomedical analytics.

Scott McKay, dean of the UTPB College of Arts and Sciences and a chemistry professor, said there has been a lot of interest from Ector County ISD about the camp. It will be for rising, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. So far, seven people have signed up.

The research participants will take part in is like what they would do at a university.

McKay said they plan to make the camp longer next year.