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September 10, 2007

Regenstrief Center symposium will highlight Purdue's focus on health-care research

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering will lead a symposium on Sept. 18 to highlight the university's health-care research in the areas of liberal arts, science, nursing, social sciences and management.

The workshop, Transforming Healthcare Delivery: Advancing Multidisciplinary Research, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Purdue's Stewart Center, Room 218.

The free event is open to Purdue faculty, researchers, students and staff on campus and those in the health-care industry interested in collaborating with Regenstrief. To register, or for more information, go online to http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/rche/
fall2007/registration.html
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"This symposium gives Purdue researchers an opportunity to learn about the progress of multidisciplinary health-care research across campus," said Regenstrief Center director Steven Witz. "The event also opens the door to network with colleagues and students with similar research interests and establish multidisciplinary partnerships to pursue new health-care research directions."

Victor L. Lechtenberg, Purdue's interim provost, will welcome participants before formal presentations begin at 8:15 a.m. During the rest of the day, researchers from across campus will give 15-minute overviews of their projects in the areas of health in the workplace, mental health, obesity, health economics, cancer care and health care across the lifespan.

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"One of our goals is to encourage Purdue researchers to share their interests and seek out collaborators to develop large-scale, multidisciplinary research proposals that address major challenges in health care," said symposium co-organizer Vincent Duffy, an associate professor of industrial engineering and agricultural and biological engineering and a Regenstrief faculty member. "This type of collaboration can help take research and the understanding to the next level, ultimately benefiting health-care providers and patients."

Symposium speakers and participants will be included in Regenstrief's online researcher database, highlighting the breadth and depth of Purdue research in health-care delivery. After the event, the database will be available at http://www.purdue.edu/dp/rche/directory/index.php.

At last year's symposium, co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, researchers highlighted health-care projects from a variety of engineering fields.

The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, launched with a $3 million startup gift from the Regenstrief Foundation in 2005, is applying the interdisciplinary principals of systems engineering, management, science and information-technology to improve patient safety and primary, acute and chronic care.

Regenstrief Center researchers and staff this year moved into the $12.4 million Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall, the fourth building in Purdue's Discovery Park. Mann Hall also is home to several other Discovery Park centers, including the Oncological Sciences Center, e-Enterprise Center, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Purdue Homeland Security Institute.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, (765) 496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Sources: Steven Witz, (765) 496-8303, switz@purdue.edu

Vincent Duffy, (765) 496-6658, duffy@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: A lineup of scheduled presentations by Purdue researchers is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/rche/fall2007/schedule.html

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