This week on The Local Show, we share an interesting new Wayside Waifs program that uses dogs to combat bullying. As part of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 Ideas, Dr. David Livingston was the keynote speaker at a major gala dinner last week to celebrate the work of the Kansas City Life Sciences Insitute. Nick Haines sat down with Dr. Livingston to find out a bit more about translational research. We preview a new documentary, We Are Superman, about revitalizing the area around 31st and Troost. And we share a profile of Epic Arts Studio in KCK.
Last fall when the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce unveiled their five big ideas for moving the metro forward, they named life sciences as one of them. More specifically the initiative is branded as “Growing Kansas City’s Medical Research, From Discovery to Cure.” The overarching goal of this big idea is to make KC a nationally-recognized center for translational research.
Translational research is the hot new area in the life sciences. It means moving discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.
Patrick James, managing director of Quest Diagnostics, is leading the Chamber’s Big 5 life sciences effort. He was the emcee at a major gala dinner last week to celebrate the work of the Kansas City Life Sciences Insitute. Over 600 guests gathered to hear from area scientists.
Sometimes though it takes an outsider to put your accomplishments into perspective. The gala’s keynote speaker was the deputy director of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, Dr. David Livingston. Nick Haines sat down with Dr. Livingston to untangle the complicated subject of translational research.
Another of the Chamber’s 5 Big Ideas is revitalizing the Troost Corridor. While the Chamber has ambitious goals for reinvigorating what has long been a blighted area of Kansas City, there are grassroots efforts already underway to transform parts of Troost. On 31st and Troost, there is a community of people who have stopped waiting for a superhero to rescue the neighborhood. They have a vision to transform the dividing line of Troost Avenue into a gathering place. They’ve even produced a film about their work. It’s called We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost.
A screening of the new documentary We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost, a film by Kevin Bryce will be presented Friday night at 7:30 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum Auditorium. A panel discussion follows the documentary. There is a five dollar admission charge. You can follow the progress of the film on the We Are Superman Facebook page.