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July 27, 2009

Regional Collaboration on Research and Education

As the proposed partnership with Hartford Healthcare Corp. has moved forward, so too have efforts progressed to create opportunities for hospitals in the area to come together with the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine to regularly exchange ideas, review shared projects and establish strategic direction and priorities for education and research initiatives.

Over the past year, Dr. Paul Dworkin, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, has led a broadly representative group of individuals from the area hospitals, to build a consortium to support research programs that are part of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS).

In addition, Drs. Bruce Koeppen, Kiki Nissen, Robert Bona, Bruce Liang and Monty MacNeil, Dean of the UConn School of Dental Medicine, are working closely with colleagues from Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Bristol Hospital. Together, they are developing ways to collaborate to enhance the educational experience of UConn medical and dental students, residents and fellows who complete aspects of their training, including research projects, in hospitals throughout the region.

I am confident that by working together, we can strengthen the educational and research mission of our schools, elevate the standard of care in our region, and enhance the regional and national reputations of all institutions that are part of this collaborative effort.

I look forward to sharing updates with you as these collaborative efforts move forward.

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine