On Friday January 7th, Avera Health and South Dakota State University are hosting their 2nd Annual Research Symposium on the campus of SDSU. Here's more on why both sides of research, the academic and clinical, are excited over this collaborative opportunity.
When the Avera Health and Science Center building is complete at South Dakota State University, the research projects currently underway on campus will be expanded. And that's exciting on a number of different levels for both the academic side at SDSU and clinical side at Avera in Sioux Falls.
Avera McKennan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dave Kapaska says, "It's an opportunity to bring the clinical curiosity and the bench scientist's curiosity together. To develop solutions to different problems that both have and that's really what we want to do."
Dean of Nursing at SDSU Roberta Olson, PhD, RN says, "Research in an academic setting is extremely important so we can discover new knowledge that we can apply to patients and then make patient care better, with better outcomes and ultimately it's safer for the patient."
At the 2nd annual Research Symposium in Brookings, 52 research projects going on at SDSU and the Avera Research Institute will be on display. One of them is the Avera funded genetic research with Dr. Gareth Davies that could help determine why your child gets ADHD or depression.
Dr. Kapaska says, "We have doctors here that have trained at preeminent places all around the world to take care of patients and to stop that curiosity for adding to the clinical knowledge and medical knowledge would be a crime. That's what we are working to do."
The goal of this symposium and the partnership between Avera and SDSU is to build a bridge between the bench scientists and clinicians. Right now it takes 20 years to get from the bench to the bedside. Dr. Kapaska recognizes that is way to long if it's your loved one in the hospital bed.
Dr. Kapaska says, "We would like to think by collaborating we can shrink that time down significantly."
The symposium starts at 9:00 at in the SDSU Volstorff Ballroom.