2015 Southeast Regional Idea Meeting

Hundreds of researchers from all over the Southeast are at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi for the third bi-annual Idea Meeting.
The Idea Meeting gives researchers the opportunity to mingle with each other and show off their studies and findings. Today, researchers from several states presented everything from slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s to looking at treatments for various diseases with the use of marijuana and even some native Mississippi plants.
Chairman of the Department of Biomolecular Science at the University of Mississippi Dr. Stephen Cutler said, “Magnolia is one, now it doesn’t have psychotropic effects but it has some of those other effects that I’ve mentioned earlier. The American persimmon is another plant. But we’re also looking at plants from all over the world." 
Matthew De Cruz, a masters student at USM, said, “Hopefully if I can effectively do this and we can start creating artificial micro RNA’s, we can start reducing the progression of Alzheimer’s and with that, we can try and find a cure hopefully.”
This year’s meeting is hosted by Mississippi INBRE and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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