CNBS Kicks Off Distinguished Speakers Series with President and CEO of LA BioMed
Kenneth P. Trevett, J.D., president and CEO of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, kicked off the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (CNBS) inaugural Distinguished Speakers Series Luncheon on Oct. 12 at the Loker Student Union. The series was established to highlight the contributions of the university to the natural and behavioral sciences in the Southern California region. For the first year of the series, a luncheon with a featured speaker will take place once a semester.
“Ken Trevett was a natural choice for our first Distinguished Speaker Series, as he is an important and respected participant in the Southern California biomedical community,” said Charles Hohm, dean, CNBS. “The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Dominguez Hills is striving to become more involved in the local biomedical community, and he and LA BioMed have been extremely cooperative with our faculty and students, and this support is very much appreciated.”
Trevett was welcomed by Hohm, Laura Robles, dean of graduate studies and research, and Dominguez Hills President Mildred García.
“One of the things that Dominguez Hills does extremely well is that we bring to our campus people who do tremendous work and share that with our students,” García said. “That is one of our points of pride and an extremely important part of our mission. Teaching and research must be linked in order to provide our students with the best academic experience that they can have.”
One of the largest independent biomedical research organizations in the country, LA BioMed is also a leader in training future scientists, several of whom come from CSU Domiguez Hills. The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and LA BioMed have worked closely together over the last several years, partnering on prestigious grants and federally funded training programs such as the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program that provides students with research opportunities. Trevett said the research occurring at universities such as Dominguez Hills serves a vital role in the industry.
“Los Angeles County has 25 academic organizations with active biomedical science research programs,” Trevett noted prior to the event. “These organizations receive nearly $1 billion in funding from the National Institutes of Health, making this region one of the most vibrant in the entire United States for the discovery of new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
“In addition, there are nearly 400 medical companies in Los Angeles County alone,” he continued. “It is our (LA BioMed’s) responsibility to nurture this industry here, diversify our regional economy, and generate new, well-paying jobs. Cal State Dominguez Hills is ideally situated to train new researchers and research support personnel to meet the needs of this growing enterprise. LA BioMed is proud to partner with the university in meeting this important goal.”
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Photo above: Charles Hohm, dean, College of Behaviorial and Natural Sciences, thanks Kenneth J. Trevett, president and CEO, LA BioMed, for launching the Distinguished Speakers Series. Photo by GK