UTHCT scientist to discuss medical research industry in Tyler at 12th Annual Cohen Memorial Research Lecture

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The medical research industry in Tyler will be highlighted at the 12th Annual Allen B. Cohen Memorial Research Lecture Tuesday evening, April 17, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

Michael Pangburn, Ph.D., will present “Medical Research – A New Industry for Tyler” during the event, which begins at 6 p.m. UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun will welcome guests to the invitation-only event.

Steven Idell, MD, Ph.D., UTHSCT’s vice president of research, will then speak about recent research grants at the Health Center. He also will recognize the four recipients of the 2007 Research Council Collaborative Innovation Grants.

Dr. Pangburn is a professor of biochemistry at UTHSCT, and an owner of Complement Technology, Inc., a small biotech firm based in Tyler that specializes in producing proteins for medical researchers around the world. He has spent more than 30 years investigating the complement system, a crucial part of the immune system.

The National Institutes of Health has funded his research for more than 20 years. Dr. Pangburn holds the Allen B. Cohen Professorship in Biomedical Research and the Vaughn Professorship in Biomedical Research.

Dr. Pangburn will outline how research conducted at UTHSCT’s Center for Biomedical Research brings millions of federal and state dollars to Tyler each year.

This research is leading to the creation of biotech firms such as Complement Technology, Inc. Currently, basic medical research and clinical research contributes over $25 million dollars to the local economy each year, and that figure is growing.

Dr. Cohen, MD, Ph.D., was an internationally respected pulmonary physician and researcher. The former Health Center executive associate director and professor of medicine and biochemistry died in February 1995.

Dr. Cohen was the catalyst that helped make the Health Center a world-class biomedical research facility.

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