Georgia Regents University Helping to Create A New Generation of Medical Researchers Through LabTV

LabTV Sending Filmmakers to Interview Young Scientists at Georgia Regents University


Stamford, CT – WEBWIRE – Thursday, August 07, 2014

“We’re proud of the work our researchers are doing at Georgia Regents University. LabTV provides a unique opportunity to highlight the contributions of scientists under the age of 40 through the eyes of student filmmakers,” said Kelly Jasper, Media Relations Coordinator at Georgia Regents University. “It’s a fantastic way to recognize the work of young people, in labs and behind the camera.”

STAMFORD, CT –LabTV, an online video platform that showcases short, human interest videos of young medical scientists, announced that Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia has agreed to work with LabTV filmmakers to create these short videos that inspire the next generation of medical researchers.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, 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. LabTV is stepping in to fill this need through its video profiles which speak to the youth and encourage them to become the tomorrow’s heroes of medical research.

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. LabTV plan to send 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.

“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.”

LabTV was excited to have the cooperation of the Georgia Regents University due to its excellence in medical research with over 26 million dollars in funding in 2014 from the National Institutes of Health. Their research spans from researching Pancreatic cancer to Alzheimer’s disease with over 77 grants to the researchers at the university.

“We’re proud of the work our researchers are doing at Georgia Regents University. LabTV provides a unique opportunity to highlight the contributions of scientists under the age of 40 through the eyes of student filmmakers,” said Kelly Jasper, Media Relations Coordinator at Georgia Regents University. “It’s a fantastic way to recognize the work of young people, in labs and behind the camera.”

“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 (415) 813-8100 or by email 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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