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Denver, Colorado | Thursday, May 30, 2019

Conquering Disease and the Quest for Cures

From the first vaccines and antibiotics to new treatments for once-deadly diseases, advances in medicine have dramatically improved our lives—yet we still face serious challenges when it comes to our health. At the University of Rochester, our researchers are on a relentless quest to understand and conquer these devastating diseases. Will we find new cures in our lifetime?

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Solomon Abiola
PhD candidate, Translational Biomedical Sciences and Computer Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Solomon Abiola is a data scientist consultant and PhD candidate pursuing a joint degree in translational biomedical sciences and computer science. His research focus is on big data and applications of network theory to infectious disease using mHealth/wearable devices.

As an undergraduate at Princeton University he developed Node, a research project that uses smartphones to track the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika in real-time. Node was deployed during the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, with funding from the NSF. Abiola holds a MS in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

John J. Foxe, PhD
Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Chair in Neuroscience and
Director of the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience

John Foxe is an internationally-regarded scientist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of neuroscience. His research investigates the neurobiological bases of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. He uses electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques to understand how inputs from the various sensory systems are combined in the brain, and what happens when these multisensory integration abilities are impacted by disease.

Foxe received a PhD in neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Catherine K. Kuo, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Catherine K. Kuo directs a multidisciplinary research team of engineers, biologists, orthopaedic surgeons, and sports medicine doctors to develop innovative stem cell-based musculoskeletal tissue engineering and regenerative medicine strategies.

Kuo received the prestigious Award for Innovation in Research at the Go:Life Orthopaedics Conference and was named an Emerging Investigator by the international journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. She received a PhD in biomaterials and macromolecular science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jonathan M. Samet ’70M (MD)
Dean, Colorado School of Public Health

Jonathan Samet is a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the health risks of inhaled pollutants. He has investigated the occurrence and causes of cancer and respiratory diseases, emphasizing the risks of active and passive smoking. He has long been involved in global health, focusing on tobacco control, air pollution, and chronic disease prevention.

For decades, he has been engaged in activities related to the translation of scientific evidence for policy formulation. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.