The UCF College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is presenting “Overview of the VA Research Program” on Wednesday, November 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 103 of the Burnett Biomedical Sciences building.
The presentation will be given by Dr. Kenneth C. Goldberg, chief of staff at the Orlando VA Medical Center. On the main UCF campus, a video-simulcast of Dr. Goldberg’s presentation will be broadcast in room 136 of the Biomedical Sciences building (BMS).
Dr. Goldberg will discuss the background of the VA research program, areas of current emphasis, funding mechanisms and the implications for Orlando. In his position, Dr. Goldberg oversees the care of Central Florida veterans while playing a critical role in the planning for the Orlando VA Medical Center at medical city in Lake Nona. The center is scheduled to be completed in 2012.
Central Florida is home to nearly 400,000 veterans, 90,000 of whom are seen every year at the current Orlando VA Medical Center. As a neighbor of the College of Medicine, the new center will be a resource for patient care and research in a state-of-the-art medical environment.
Dr. Annette Khaled, associate professor at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, said the College of Medicine’s partnership with VA clinicians highlights the importance of research, and benefits scientists, students and the Central Florida economy.
“Sharing our knowledge will help shape research and expose students to real-life situations,” she said. “We need basic research that will lead to the next generation of cures and the next generation of scientists.”