PVM and Biomedical Engineering Team-up to bring Research to the “Market”

June 24, 2016

Conceived as an idea by Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty member Russell Main, “Bioscience and Engineering at the Market” is providing area families with first-hand opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research at Purdue in the relaxed environment of the West Lafayette Farmer’s Market in Cumberland Park.  Planned as an every-other-week engagement activity, the program covers a broad range of concepts, and the basic science behind them, including such topics as biomechanics, biomedical devices, drug delivery, diagnostic tools, food safety, medical imaging techniques, comparative anatomy and physiology, and fun with dinosaurs.

“The goal of our program is to educate our community about how basic science and engineering concepts can be used to address problems in human and animal health,” said Dr. Main, who is assistant professor of basic medical sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Main’s lab is spearheading the effort, in collaboration with the Weldon School.

The program at the Market started as an idea I had to take advantage of the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere of the West Lafayette Farmer's Market to share with our community some of the cutting edge research we do at Purdue and the basic concepts behind it,” Dr. Main said.  “Additionally, we really want to showcase the connection between engineering and the health sciences at Purdue, which is well illustrated by the collaborative history between researchers and clinicians in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Weldon School.  This long-standing collaboration is particularly well highlighted by our Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program (IBSC), co-directed by myself and Dr. Young Kim, associate professor of biomedical engineering.” 

Dr. Main explained that some of the activities are clearly geared toward treating disease and some present more basic anatomy, biology, and engineering concepts. “Our goal is to be able to provide content that stimulates and interests grade-school and middle-school age children in science, but will also resonate with older kids and adults in how the basic concepts may be applied to real world health problems.”

Dr. Main said that with the help of Carmen Gondhalekar, an IBSC PhD student, and Kari Verner, a BME PhD student, as well as support from PVM Associate Dean for Engagement Sandy San Miguel and Paul Foster, the Market Master at the Farmer's Market, a series of events at the Market have been planned for every other week during the summer.  Remaining dates are July 6 and 20, and August 3, 17 and 31.

The program was covered recently in the Lafayette Journal and Courier and on WLFI-TV.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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