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Contact: State Rep. Tom Sloan, (785) 841-1526.

NIH, NSF officials to speak at KU about expanding public, private research efforts

LAWRENCE -- National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni and National Science Foundation Assistant Director Judith Ramaley, a former KU administrator, will deliver remarks at the Research Collaboration Summit set for Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

State Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, chairman of the Higher Education Committee in the Kansas House and an advocate in the Kansas Legislature for increased life sciences funding and research, invited Zerhouni and Ramaley to KU.

Zerhouni and Ramaley will address KU research administrators and government officials on expanding and improving cooperation between private and public sectors in life sciences research.

The summit is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Zerhouni will speak at 9:45 a.m.; Ramaley, who was KU executive vice chancellor from 1987 to 1990, will speak at 11 a.m.

Media availability for Zerhouni and Ramaley will be at 11:30 a.m. at the institute.

The afternoon portion of the summit will feature breakout sessions for attendees.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David E. Shulenburger and James A. Roberts, vice provost for research and president of the KU Center for Research, will attend, as will U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.; U.S. Reps. Jim Ryun. R-Kan., and Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

State Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and State Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, also will be on hand. They co-authored the Kansas Economic Growth Act, passed into law during the 2004 session of the Legislature.

"Zerhouni and Ramaley will give us insight on how KU and the private sector can grow the biosciences industry in Kansas and western Missouri," Sloan said. "How do we work with NIH and NSF policies and procedures to expand the cooperation between public and private groups?"

In fiscal year 2003, federally funded research expenditures totaled $133 million, and federally financed science and engineering research expenditures totaled $91 million at KU, according to KUCR statistics.

"This is a major event, and we are pleased that Rep. Sloan invited Drs. Zerhouni and Ramaley to visit KU," Roberts said. "We will learn from them, and they in turn will be able to see first hand the exciting research being conducted at KU."

The summit is an invitation-only event. Media should RSVP to Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855, dlara@ku.edu. For other information, contact Rep. Sloan at (785) 841-1526.

NIH director, Sen. Pat Roberts to visit KUMC campus on Friday, Sept. 17
As part of Sloan's invitation to KU, Zerhouni will tour the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Zerhouni will tour the center with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and then meet with members of the media. KUMC receives more than $70 million annually from NIH. For more information, call Dennis McCulloch at (913) 588-5246.

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