Welcome to the Medical Sciences Campus 34th Research and Education Forum. We are proud to host this great annual event in which we seek to disseminate scientific research in order to help us develop strategies to promote knowledge, programs, and interventions aimed at improving health and the quality of life in Puerto Rico.
The forum’s main theme: Information in Health and Education: New Directions in Translational Research, invites us to reflect on the importance of the transition from basic research to clinical applications that benefit health and also lead us to new frontiers and projections.The Annual Forum brings our six schools together in the pursuit of excellence in research and education. This year, we have had an unprecedented number of participants and sponsors from our campus and other institutions in the island and abroad. In spite of difficult times locally and world-wide, our institution responds with renewed strength and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the attainment of its mission as an academic health center.
Edgar Colón-Negrón, MD, MACR
Medical Sciences Campus
As Acting Dean for Academic Affairs I welcome you to the 34th Annual Research and Education Forum. This year’s topic is particularly challenging given the exponential growth of information and the need to harness that information into manageable and useful ways. Never before has humanity produced so much information in all fields of knowledge; never before has humanity been faced with the reality that individuals can no longer handle that information without designing comprehensive, thorough, and very efficient systems.
In translational research, information systems are the bridges that connect basic research and applied fields. They make the flow and application of scientific knowledge possible. Linking electronic medical records and information databases is now possible. So is evidence based practice and telemedicine. Information and technology have paved the way to better services. That is the great accomplishment of our times and also our biggest challenge. Systems must be updated and continuously modified if we are to continue to succeed in this venture. It is our hope that activities such as the Annual Forum contribute to the advancement of science and practice.
I thank all those involved in the planning and organization of the Annual Forum. It is hard work, but always very rewarding. Congratulations!
Ricardo R. González-Méndez, PhD
Deanship for Academic Affairs