Henrietta Logan, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, was the opening speaker at the inaugural External Advisory Committee meeting of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute meeting on Feb. 11.
Logan, who is also the director of the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health which is part of the CTSI, gave an overview of the center’s goals and programs, and shared strategies for building community engagement to a group of 90 committee members and UF faculty attending the two-day conference in Gainesville.
The program also included information about several other key UF CTSI components including biomedical informatics, translational education and career development.
Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health
With the motto, “Taking the bite out of head and neck cancer,” the center serves as a magnet to pull together groups with interest and capacity in reducing the disparities resulting from head and neck cancer. The center promotes interdepartmental collaboration across the University of Florida campus; the initial grant included investigators from four colleges and has already attracted interest from excellent researchers in colleges across campus, other areas in Florida and around the country.
UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The goal of the UF CTSI is to advance human health by accelerating the translation of basic science into clinical practice for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of human disease. The EAC serves as an advisory board and is charged with reviewing all aspects of the UF CTSI, from its administration to its implementation of research and training goals.