The University has the capacity to help solve rural issues, said Thomasine Heitkamp, who with grand challenge team members invited the federal representatives.
The ultimate goal is to serve rural North Dakota, said Heitkamp, professor in the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines and a strategic plan grand challenge champion for the discovery goal.
Nechaev investigates how RNA—a structure that helps to carry out the genetic message coded into DNA—influences if and when cells become cancerous.
He says RNA in a tumor can serve as a marker that tells researchers which genes played a role in creating the cancer, a piece of information that can be useful in coming up with effective treatments.
“Rural and health issues are my passion, and this is an energetic, great group of people,” said Heitkamp.About 100 people attended the UND Discovery grand challenge event, held earlier this week at the Gorecki Alumni Center, including representatives from eight federal agencies. “We will join you in this challenge,” said Charles Smith, regional administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provides funding and programs for mental health and substance abuse and recovery treatment.“We will collaborate with you to make a difference.” “It’s easy to share a laugh with Thomasine, and almost impossible to say no to her,” said Dennis Mohatt, vice president for Behavioral Health, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).Heitkamp noted in a UND press release that her discovery event is scheduled during National Rural Health Week and is featuring "some great presenters coming a significant distance" to help kick off the day's programming.The release stated that attendees will gain classroom resources, ideas for funding streams and workforce development opportunities.If you are single and living in Grand Rapids and would like Pre-Dating to run a local speed dating event, please sign up below!Once we have attracted enough attendees for this event, we will contact you: In order to ensure equal numbers of men and women at our events, everyone must register in advance.“They can provide an overview of federal resources that are available to help solve unique problems in rural communities.” Attendees were able to “speed network” with the representatives.Similar to “speed dating,” it allowed researchers to interact and visit with representatives about their particular research. Equally rare was hearing directly how agencies help rural communities and the types of research and education they help fund.They'll also get a chance to meet federal Region 8 representatives from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and subsections of the Department of Health and Human Services, a set including the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.The event will also host representatives from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.