The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees on May 26 unanimously approved a plan to build a $42.8 million College of Dental Medicine to the Lake Nona campus.
The program will add 110 jobs and have an initial economic impact of $73 million, including construction and equipment costs. The school got a $10 million donation to initially fund the program, and will finance the construction with a $40 million loan. The school estimates an annual, recurring economic impact of $69 million.
place: Lake Nona High School 12500 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to from 18 – 24 hours in length.
Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Celebrate – The Survivors Lap
Relay starts with a Survivors Lap an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.
Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony
After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.
Fight Back Through Fundraising
Last, there is chance to Fight Back against cancer through fundraising. In addition to what the fundraising teams do before the Relay, there are endless fundraising opportunities available onsite. From food, face painters, crafts and more, Relay teams will have plenty of ways for participants and visitors to support the fight against cancer.
No matter where you are, there’s a place for you at Relay and you can make a difference today by signing up online to start your own team or by simply making a donation.
Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.
Proposed College of Dental Medicine to Create Jobs, Enhance Health Care and Research
from the UCF Newsroom
ORLANDO, May 12, 2011 – The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees will consider on May 26 a proposal to establish a College of Dental Medicine at the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona.
The college will fill a need to provide students with a local dental program, and it is expected to create at least 110 local jobs as well as an initial economic impact of $73 million. The dental college also will benefit Central Florida’s community by attracting research that could improve oral and overall health care.
“The College of Dental Medicine will mean opportunities for our local students to obtain a dental education that they must now leave our area to achieve,” said UCF President John C. Hitt. “The college will create opportunities to help more people in need of dental care who cannot afford it. And it will provide Central Florida with new jobs and an economic boost in challenging times.”
In a landmark deal, the Army’s Orlando-based training-and-simulation agency has won a $5 million contract to provide medical-care training systems for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Orlando medical center and for VA hospitals nationwide.
The one-year deal — the first of its kind by the VA — begins what is expected to become a long-term relationship potentially worth tens of millions of dollars to the Army agency and to Central Florida’s training-and-simulation industry, officials said Monday.
Traditionally, RNA was mostly known as the messenger molecule that carries protein-making instructions from a cell’s nucleus to the cytoplasm. But scientists now estimate that approximately 97 percent of human RNA doesn’t actually code for proteins at all. A flurry of research in the past decade has revealed that some types of non-coding RNAs switch genes on and off and influence protein function. The best studied non-coding RNAs are the microRNAs. Now, researchers led by Dr. Ranjan Perera at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) in Lake Nona and collaborators at the University of Queensland in Australia, have discovered that levels of a relatively understudied group of RNAs – long, non-coding RNA (lncRNA) – are altered in human melanoma.
Although the windy weather provided for a challenging ride, nearly 1,100 cyclists took part in 2011 ADA Tour de Cure at Lake Nona. With ride distances ranging from 10 to 101 miles, the event attracted both serious and recreational cyclists.
One of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s top scientists has brought his quest to improve the development of pharmaceuticals to Orlando.
Lawrence J. Lesko has left his job as director of the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and will lead the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s new pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology initiative.
The initiative is part of the Institute of Therapeutic Innovation at the UF Research and Academic Center, now under construction in Orlando, at the Medical City at Lake Nona complex.