SON Visits University of Cordoba to Explore Biomedical Research Collaboration
Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, was a member of a VCU Biomedical Research Delegation that recently visited the University of Córdoba (UCO) in Spain. The delegation, led by the VCU Global Education Office, included representation from the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering. During their visit, the VCU delegation met with UCO administrators and researchers and toured research facilities to learn more about translational biomedical research at UCO. The goal was to identify common research areas and generate ideas for collaboration.
“This trip provided a great opportunity to build on our current partnership with the UCO School of Nursing and to explore opportunities that will expand VCU SON research initiatives on an international level, all while strengthening our own VCU interdisciplinary partnerships,” Montpetit said. “There is great synergy between biomedical research at VCU and UCO and there are multiple opportunities for nursing science to make a significant contribution to the development of these new partnerships.”
VCU and UCO have a long history of collaboration. A biomedical research delegation from UCO visited VCU in January of this year.
Below is a photo of this year’s delegation in Spain.
(From left to right starting on the front row) Afroditi V. Filippas, Ph.D., interim associate dean for undergraduate studies at the VCU School of Engineering; Jose Manuel Roldán, director of UCO; Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor at the VCU School of Nursing; Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Medicine; Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D., vice president for research at the VCU School of Dentistry; Humberto Fabelo, associate dean for academic and student affairs in the VCU School of Social Work and director of the VCU/UCO partnership ; John Clore, M.D., director and principal investigator at the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research; Robert Tombes, Ph.D., associate dean for research at the VCU School of Humanities and Sciences; Manuel Torres, vice rector of student and culture at UCO; Justo Castano Fuentes, vice rector for research at UCO; R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D., director of the VCU Office of Global Education; and José Miguel Guzmán, general manager of IMIBIC.