As part of our effort to expand interest in digestive disease and liver research on campus, with support from the Departments of Medicine, Regenerative Medicine & Cell Biology and the College of Graduate Studies, we have created a Seminar Series through the DDRC Enrichment Program. The series features presentations from internationally renowned investigators, whose research exploits innovative approaches in the study and treatment of digestive and liver disease.
Through support from MUSC’s CTSA and the College of Medicine, we have already established an annual retreat where all MUSC and DDRC digestive and liver disease investigators and interested individuals gather to share scientific updates through oral and poster presentations. This retreat is a highlight of the academic year for digestive disease researchers.
At the inaugural retreat in July 2017, we had 76 attendees, who presented 20 posters, and 12 oral platform presentations. Future retreats will feature a keynote speaker of national prominence in digestive and liver disease. The goals of the retreat are to 1) provide a platform for DDRC investigators to present their research findings; 2) encourage collaborations among digestive and liver disease investigators; 3) provide insight into the services offered by the DDRC cores and Clinical Component; and 4) encourage feedback from the larger MUSC community on DDRC performance.