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University of Maryland School of Medicine Holds First "Festival of Science" to Launch New Program for Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Medicine
Date:11/22/2013

BALTIMORE, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) is today launching a major initiative, Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med), to increase the pace and scope of clinical and basic sciences research that will dramatically impact and improve human health and wellbeing. The initiative will be kicked off with a  full-day symposium, the SOM Festival of Science, at the UM campus in Baltimore. Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will give the inaugural keynote address. Additional speakers, representing the School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences, Department of Pharmacology and Department of Surgery, will reflect a sampling of SOM's robust basic, translational and clinical research portfolio.

Dr. Collins will specifically address the current environment for biomedical research, including the need for advancing discovery through technology and translational sciences, the importance of continuous innovation and the economic benefits of medical research.

A cornerstone of the ACCEL-Med Initiative is an external Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), which consists of five internationally acclaimed biomedical researchers and physician-scientists, who will provide critical advice on SOM's research, programs and plans, as well as guidance and support for junior faculty presenters. Members of the first Council include Rita Colwell, PhD, former Director of the National Science Foundation; Carol Greider, PhD, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine; Phili
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