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Research 101

Launching and Advancing Your Successful Research Career

A series of workshops over the fall and spring semesters will provide faculty researchers with critical  information regarding the university's research policies and procedures. Most of the sessions will be held at 3 p.m.; locations will be determined close to the event time. To register for any or all of the sessions, contact Sheila Pratt at, 330-672-0701.

Upcoming: Finding  Funding, Nov. 20: 3 p.m.,  Room 141, Cartwright Hall

Seeking funding for your research? The Nov. 20 Research 101 workshop will focus on identifying federal, state and private funding resources, how to use COS Pivot efficiently to locate relevant funding announcements and how to work with Research and Sponsored Programs to identify potential funding agencies. This workshop is appropriate for anyone looking for or helping to facilitate researchers who are looking for funding.

Jan. 15, 2015: Submitting Grant Proposals: Covers all you need to know to successfully develop and submit a grant proposal at Kent State.

Feb. 26, 2015: Establishing Collaborations: Highlights existing research collaborative agreements with local medical centers and industrial partners and matches you with colleagues across the Kent campus engaged in work similar to your own.

March 12, 2015: Publicizing Your Research: Explains how to effectively communicate your findings and publicize your work.

April 16, 2015: Patenting, Licensing and Commercializing Your Research: Discusses intellectual property and technology transfer procedures and policies to safeguard and potentially commercialize your research.

The Kent State University Symposium on Aging

Life in the Balance: Fall  Prevention from Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging

Nov. 13, 2014, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Depeyster St., Kent, OH 44240

Keynote Address

Laurence Z. Rubenstein, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chair of Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma  College of Medicine, and renowned expert on fall prevention assessment and intervention

This inaugural symposium on aging features internationally known scholars presenting leading-edge research and interventions on fall prevention in community, home and health service settings.

Free and open to the public.

Learn more and register.

Second Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University

The Neuroscience of Obesity

How do you keep the pounds off?

“Weight loss is hard, but keeping it off is harder,” was the message of keynote speaker Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., at the Second Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, The Neuroscience of Obesity, held April 3-4, 2014, at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center.

Rosenbaum, professor of clinical pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an expert on obesity, said that 75 to 85 percent of those who lose weight will regain it within two years.

Poor will power and metabolism are not to blame, however. “Obesity is a biological disease,” he said. As the body sheds weight, the message delivered to the brain is to eat more, perhaps driven by the evolutionary advantage of being able to store food as fat.

“Your body is fighting against you,” he said. In his studies of weight loss, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Rosenbaum and colleagues found that the hormone leptin can have potent effects on stimulating appetite when its level drops with weight loss and damping appetite when leptin levels are high.

Sustaining weight loss requires permanent, significant changes in lifestyle, including reduced food intake even after the weight is lost and increased physical activity, he said.

Within 10 years, we should have better drugs for weight maintenance and better weight loss and maintenance therapies, made possible by personalized medicine, he predicted.

Save the Date!
Third Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University
The Neuroscience of Aging

April 9-10, 2015, Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Keynote Speaker: Mark Mattson, chief and senior investigator, Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute of Aging

IMAGE: audience at the 2014 Neuroscience Symposium
The symposium audience included area clinicians, faculty and students.

Top photo, at the poster session of Neuroscience of Obesity were (l to r) Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D., vice president for research at Kent State; Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences and symposium chair, and Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., keynote speaker.
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