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Join the 25th celebration of USF Health Research Day this Friday, Feb. 20

For 25 years, the USF Health Research Day has provided emerging scientists with a venue for presenting their research to peers and judges and showcasing to the broader USF community the new and innovative work taking place in the colleges, schools and programs at USF Health.

The student-centric event that emphasizes the importance of research inquiry and the nuances of scientific discovery has experienced phenomenal growth since starting 25 years ago, when a few dozen presenters displayed their work along the breezeways of the Health Sciences Center.


Posters were displayed along the HSC breezeways and sometimes meant chilly and windy weather.

Along with the growth is an increase in the level of work being presented, said Phillip J. Marty, PhD, vice president for USF Health Research.

“With every year, we see higher caliber research,” Dr. Marty said. “The bar continues to rise and our students, residents and fellows raise their level work along with it.”

Plan to attend this year’s 25th USF Health Research Day, which is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at the USF Marshall Student Center.

Start your morning at 8 a.m. in the Oval Theatre at the Marshall Center to hear oral presentations by the select few chosen to present their work. Then make your way to the Ballroom to see the more than 330 poster presentations from students, trainees, faculty and staff across all four USF Health colleges, as well as USF collaborators whose research focuses on the science of health.

Then head back to the Oval Theatre at 1 p.m. to hear the Roy H. Benke Distinguished Lecturer David Swerdlow, MD, present the keynote address titled “What are the critical epidemiologic questions that need to be answered at the start of an epidemic:  What we learned from Influenza A (H1N1) and MERS and how that applies to the Ebola outbreak.” Dr. Swerdlow is associate director and medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

USF Health will be livestreaming the keynote address at 1 p.m. EST. So, if you’re interested and can’t make it, you can watch it LIVE from your computer here.

The awards ceremony follows Dr. Swerdlow’s talk, the culmination of outstanding research from across USF Health.


USF President Judy Genshaft attends her first USF Health Research Day in 2001.



Dr. Joseph Krzanowski (third from right), a founder of the USF Health Research Day, and then USF President Betty Castor listens as now MCOM alum Jason Cord describes his project SAJON.

There will be many more photos from previous Research Days on display at the Feb. 20 event.

Click here for more information about USF Health Research Day.

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