Unique Research Opportunities Available to Junior, Senior Students at Daemen College

Unique Research Opportunities Available to Junior, Senior Students at Daemen College


February 14, 2011



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations




           Can research unlock the mysteries of chronic wounds? Are there different ways to identify blood at crime scenes? Daemen College offers junior and senior level students opportunities to do original research in these fields, among many others across a range of academic areas.
           “Our junior and senior level students are offered a rich number of research opportunities that we feel are incomparable,” noted Dr. Laura Edsberg, Director of the Natural and Health Sciences Research Center at Daemen College. “Students can build an engagement with their work, in a very hands-on process at Daemen.”   
           Student center research opportunities at Daemen are offered in biomedical fields, as well as forensic science; biology; chemistry; and environmental science. Research opportunities include original projects, as well as options for work conducted in partnerships with other colleges and universities. Student researchers have published the results of their work in peer-reviewed journals, and presented their work at national conferences.
           “At Daemen, students may select their faculty mentors,” noted Professor of Biology Dr. Brenda Young. “Additionally, students have opportunities to work on individual projects within a larger research initiative.”
           One example is ongoing research being conducted in the Daemen Natural Sciences Department into the effect of invasive plant species on the pollinator community.  The answers are critical to our future food supplies.
           Current major research projects at Daemen include ongoing research into the biochemical dynamics associated with delayed healing patterns of chronic and acute wounds. The Center for Wound Healing Research at Daemen College has been awarded $699,000 from the United States Department of Defense to continue this vital work.
           The Center leads a collaboration with research partners at the University at Buffalo and The Roswell Park Cancer Institute, seeking to unlock the mysteries of delayed wound healing, a profound problem for patients suffering acute injury. The goal of the research, funded by the United States Department of Defense, Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC), is early identification of specific proteins indicating delayed healing.   
It is estimated that on any given day, approximately 60 million people worldwide are being treated for chronic, non-healing wounds. The public health and economic impact of chronic wound care is staggering, with an estimated annual cost upwards of more than eight billion dollars,” said Daemen President Dr. Martin J. Anisman. “We are trying to address this pressing social and economic issue through our research.”
“Research by the investigators at Daemen has identified proteins which may be present in wounds with delayed healing,” noted Dr. Edsberg. “We are excited about the new award, which will support the Daemen-led research in developing a sensor to detect these proteins bedside.”





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