LabTV Filmmakers Create Inspiring Video Profiles of Ohio State University’s Research Scientists

LabTV Drives Students to Medical Research Fields by Emphasizing Personal Motivation of Researchers in Video Profiles


Stamford, CT – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, July 23, 2014

“This NIH effort is an outstanding way to encourage the next generation to embrace biomedical research. For those of us committed to training the next generation of scientists, the pipeline is dependent on recruiting passionate students to the sciences early, in a way that makes research accessible—which is what LabTV does," said Vice Dean of Research, Joanna Groden, PhD., from the College of Medicine and Research Education at Ohio State University.

LabTV today announced that the Ohio State University of Colmbus, Ohio has agreed to work with LabTV filmmakers to create human-interest video profiles of young working medical researchers at labs on the university’s campus.

LabTV is an online video platform that showcases short, human-interest videos of young medical scientists, in a way that will inspire today’s high school and college students to become “future heroes of medical research.”

“This NIH effort is an outstanding way to encourage the next generation to embrace biomedical research. For those of us committed to training the next generation of scientists, the pipeline is dependent on recruiting passionate students to the sciences early, in a way that makes research accessible—which is what LabTV does" said Vice Dean of Research, Joanna Groden, PhD., from the College of Medicine and Research Education at Ohio State University.

Ohio State University is one of the top medical research institutions in America, and was naturally the type of university where LabTV would want to conduct interviews with brilliant young scientists. For instance, the National Science Foundation ranks Ohio State 10th in total research expenditures (including the health sciences) among public and private universities, 7th among public universities and 2d in industry-sponsored research.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a funder of Ohio State Univerity’s research of nearly $90 million, has repeatedly stated that America needs visible role models in medical research who can encourage more of our best and brightest young people – especially women and minorities – to join this crucial profession.

Accordingly, the NIH is encouraging America’s labs to open their doors to LabTV so that both professional and student filmmakers can create the videos that will celebrate young scientists and excite today’s students.

“Medical research is the greatest science adventure of our time, but almost nobody knows about it,” said LabTV Executive Producer David Hoffman. “On LabTV our short videos are about people, not about science. The medical scientists we profile are passionate young men and women from every background, every nation and every ethnic group. They find medical research incredibly exciting and rewarding. They are eager to encourage today’s students to enter the field.”

To that end, LabTV is sending amateur and professional filmmakers to 40,000 NIH-funded medical research labs across America. LabTV filmmakers are creating short video profiles of tens of thousands of young scientists.

“Our goal,” said LabTV founder Jay Walker, “is to help students find role models they can identify with – young scientists who are people just like themselves, and who share their dreams and passions.”

Universities that wish to have their young scientists profiled on LabTV at no cost to the university or the lab may contact LabTV’s Debbie Pranckitas at Debbie@labtv.com .

David Hoffman is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker of more than 150 television documentaries and multi-part series for PBS, Turner, A&E and Discovery. Mr. Hoffman has produced more than 200 television programs, five feature-length documentaries, and hundreds of Youtube “movies” that together have over 10 million views.

Jay Walker, the founder of LabTV, is also the chairman of Patent Properties and curator of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. A noted entrepreneur, Mr. Walker has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers. He is best known as the creator of Priceline, which brought a new level of value to the travel industry.

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