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BREP Biomedical Summer Internship for Middle School Students

The BREP Program conducted its 3rd Biomedical Summer Internship program for high school students on June 21-25, 2010. As in previous years, the Summer Internship was held at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus. Twenty eight students from 14 middle schools across the Island participated in the different activities.
BREP Biomedical Summer Internship for High School Students

he BREP Program conducted its 3rd Biomedical Summer Internship program for high school students on June 7-11, 2010. As in previous years, the Summer Internship was held at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus. Twenty four students from 12 high schools across the Island participated in the different activities.
Science Teachers Participate in Time Management Workshop

The BREP Program sponsored a workshop entitled: "The Science Teacher and Time Management". The activity was held at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus on Friday February 26, 2010 and was targeted to middle and high school science teachers. The purpose of the workshop was to contribute to the professional development of the science teachers, who participate in the BREP program.
BREP'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM

The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) along with several other exhibitors including pharmaceutical industries Elli Lily, Abbott and Amgen; educational programs such as Science on Wheels, and the research consortium INDUNIV participated in a BioScience Exhibit celebrated on Saturday, September 19th 2009. The event was part of the BioScience Week, an annual activity coordinated by INDUNIV with the objective of disseminating the importance of biosciences for the socio-economic development of Puerto Rico.
Visit to TASIS School in Dorado, Puerto Rico

MBREP staff organized a "Diabetes Day" at TASIS School in Dorado, PR. A total of 45 students attended the conference which included a presentation about diabetes, its complication and treatment.
BREP VISITS CIMATEC

Ms. Odalis García-Colón, Education Coordinator of the BREP Program, visited the "Escuela Secundaria de Caguas Especializada en Ciencias, Matemáticas y Technología" (CIMATEC, by its acronysm in Spanish). CIMATEC is a dynamic and unique school centered around the student.
BREP, the SEPA program at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus, participates in the National Day of Diabetes

The United Nations declared Friday, November 14th as the National Day of Diabetes Worldwide. BREP, the SEPA program at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, joined the Foundation for Pediatric Diabetes in a community outreach activity held in Central Park, San Juan. In this educational activity, BREP's booth had over 300 visitors at which we were able to distribute 220 copies of the comic book "Diabetes Danger".
Summer Internship 2008 Over Fifty Students will participate in the BREP'S 2008 Summer Internships

The Biomedical Research Education Program of Puerto Rico (BREP-PR), a federally funded program supported by a SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be sponsoring its 5th and 6th Biomedical Summer Internship during June 2008.
Dr.  L. Tony Beck, Ph.D. Message from Dr. L. Anthony Beck

Dr. Tony Beck informs that the SEPA program has been selected as one of eight projects from the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to be included in the health/outreach component of a NIH Overview and Highlights Fact Sheet.
BREP PARTICIPATES IN THE NATIONAL DIABETES DAY-HEALTH FAIR

The BREP-SEPA Program participated in the National Diabetes Day]Health Fair organized by the Pediatric Foundation of Diabetes at the San Jorge Childrenfs Hospital on November 14th, 2007.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
BREP JOINS EFFORTS WITH THE PEDIATRIC DIABETES CLINIC OF THE MEDICAL SCIENCES CAMPUS


At the request of Dr. Lilliam González-Pijem, Director, Pedicatric Diabetes Clinic, BREP Staff shared with pediatric patients at the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic at the Medical Sciences Campus and their relatives the comic book "Diabetes Danger".
BREP Sponsors the Workshop: "The Science Teacher in a Changing World"

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 BREP offered a workshop entitled "The Science Teacher in a Changing World". Twelve (12) science teachers from different areas of Puerto Rico participated in this professional development activity.
Prevention through Education
A day at Colegio Sagrada Familia in Corozal


The BREP Program participated in the Diabetes Health Clinic organized by the Colegio Sagrada Familia. The activity was held on September 27, 2007 in Corozal, Puerto Rico.
BREP'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM BREP'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM

The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) along with several other exhibitors including pharmaceutical industries Elli Lily, Abbott and Amgen; research consortium INDUNIV, and science education programs such as Science on Wheels participated in the Bioscience Week Exhibit celebrated on September 20-21, 2007.
Middle School Students Participate in the 5th Biomedical Summer Internship Middle School Students Participate in the 5th Biomedical Summer Internship

The Biomedical Research Education Program of Puerto Rico (BREP-PR), a federally funded program supported by a SEPA (Science Education Partnerhsip Award) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), will be sponsoring a Biomedical Summer Internship during June 18-22, 2007.
Science Teacher Workshop: Principles of Green Chemistry Science Teacher Workshop: Principles of Green Chemistry

On March 5, 2007 The Pfizer Foundation in collaboration with Keystone Center for Education presented the workshop: The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. The BREP Program was the liaison in Puerto Rico for this activity. Fifteen teachers from various schools throughout the island participated in this activity.
SEPA Presentations at the 10th RCMI International Symposium SEPA Presentations at the 10th RCMI International Symposium

The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) of Puerto Rico participated in the Xth Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program International Symposium "Pathways to Discovery: Multidisciplinary Translational Research" held at the Caribe Hilton Hotel during December 13-16, 2006.
Diabetes Center for Puerto Rico Celebrates its Third Anniversary Diabetes Center for Puerto Rico Celebrates its Third Anniversary

The BREP Program was invited to participate in the activities organized to celebrate the Third Anniversary of the Diabetes Center for Puerto Rico. One of the main activities was the presentation of the book: "Antología de Investigaciones del Centro de Diabetes para Puerto Rico", which includes the epidemiological and clinical studies conducted at the Center.
Second Puerto Rico Biotechnology Week Second Puerto Rico Biotechnology Week

During the second celebration of the Biotechnology Week, the BREP program was awarded a special distinction for promoting the interest of K-12 students in science and technology. Principal Investigator, Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet, accepted the award on behalf of the BREP Program. The Biotechnology Week is coordinated by the university-industry consortium INDUNIV.
Workshop for Science and Math Teachers Workshop for Science and Math Teachers on: "How to write a successful educational proposal?"

On September 13th 2006, the BREP Program held as part the Teachers' Professional Development Program a workshop entitled "How to write a successful educational proposal?" Thirty teachers from various schools throughout Puerto Rico participated in the event.
4th Biomedical Summer Internship Program BREP Program Sponsors 4th Biomedical Summer Internship Program for Middle School Students

The The Biomedical Research Education Program of Puerto Rico (BREP-PR), a federally funded program supported by a SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be sponsoring the 4th Biomedical Summer Internship during June 12-16, 2006. Twenty six (26) students from twelve (12) Middle Schools within the Island will participate in the internship. Students were selected based on the recommendations of their science teachers.
Second Comic Book of the BioMEd Battle Team Series, "DIABETES DANGER", Introduced at a Press Conference Second Comic Book of the BioMEd Battle Team Series, "DIABETES DANGER", Introduced at a Press Conference

The Biomedical Research Education Program of Puerto Rico (BREP-PR), a Science Education Award Partnership (SEPA) program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), introduced the second volume of the series comic book BioMEd Battle Team: Diabetic Danger at a press conference organized by the Press and Communications Office of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus.
Ms. María Machado (left), Pfizer Foundation representative, awarding a check to Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet, Principal Investigator of the PR-BREP The BREP Program receives a grant from the Pfizer Foundation

The Biomedical Research Education Program of Puerto Rico (BREP-PR), a federally funded program sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), was awarded $30,000 by the Pfizer Foundation in Groton, Connecticut to strengthening the Professional Development Program for Science Teachers.
Puerto Rico Biotechnology Week

The BREP program was invited to participate in the "Puerto Rico Biotechnology Week" coordinated by the university-industry consortium INDUNIV. The activities included a special exhibit of technological equipment as well as education and research programs that impact the technological development of the Island.
BREP's Director of Research Education Participated in the BSCS "Keys to Science" Workshops, Sponsored by the Pfizer Foundation

Mr. Felipe Padilla, Director of Research Education of the BREP program, was invited to attend the "Content Updates through Scientific Inquiry" and the "Molecular Biology and Biotechnology" workshops at the Keys to Science Institute of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) organization in Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. Padilla's participation was sponsored by the Pfizer Foundation.
BREP Science Teachers Participate in the International Workshop "Microbes by the Sea ", sponsored by Pfizer Foundation

BREP science teachers, Ms. Evelyn Díaz Valdés from the Jesús T. Piñeiro School in Cidra and María J. Cruz Ocasio from the S. U. Ramón E. Betances School in Arecibo, were invited to participate in the workshop "Microbes by the Sea " held at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut in July, 2005. This international workshop was supported by the Pfizer Foundation.
Workshop on the Integration of Forensic Science in the Classroom

On August 20th, the BREP program held its second 2005 Professional Development activity, a workshop focusing on the integration of forensic science in the classroom. Twenty eight teachers from various schools throughout Puerto Rico participated in the event.
BREP PROGRAM IS HIGHLIGHTHED BY PUERTO RICO TV CHANNEL

The BREP Program received the visit of local journalist Ms. Charito Fraticelli, who prepared a special report of the program for Telemundo, Channel 2, TV Station. The story first aired on prime time, during the evening news segment, on Wednesday, June 14th, 2005 and has been repeated in several occasions.
BREP Program Sponsors its Third Summer Internship Activity

The third BREP Summer Internship Program was held during June 6-10, 2005 at the UPR, Medical Science Campus. Eighteen students and four teachers, from fifteen different middle schools from the Island, participated in the Internship.
Special Launching of the BioMed Battle Team Comic Book at Borders Bookstore

On Friday, April 16, 2005, the scientific and administrative staff of the Puerto Rico BREP Program presented the comic book "Cardiac Crisis" at Borders Bookstore.
Hundreds of people attended the Biomedical Research Education Program Community Outreach Exhibit held at the Santa Rosa Mall in Bayamón, Puerto Rico The BREP Program Sponsored a Community Outreach Exhibit at Santa Rosa Mall

The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) with the assistance of the Elohim School of Caguas sponsored a Community Outreach Exhibit at the Santa Rosa Mall in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on April 16, 2005.
TScience Education Partnership Award Annual Directors Meeting 2005
Science Education Partnership Award Annual Directors Meeting 2005

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Directors Meeting was held on February 17-20, 2005 in Tucson, Arizona. The attendees were welcomed by Dr. Marlys H. Witte, MD, Director of Student Research Programs of the University of Arizona and Dr. L. Tony Beck, Director, National Center for Research Resources, NIH.
The BREP Program and Pfizer Inc. Host Workshop for Science Teachers The BREP Program and Pfizer Inc. Host Workshop for Science Teachers

The BREP program in collaboration with Pfizer Inc. organized a special workshop for science teachers focusing on the importance of incorporating the scientific method in the science classroom. The workshop entitled "Integrating Research into the Science Classroom" was held at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus on January 27, 2005.
The Petra Corretjer de O'Neill High School in Manatí celebrated the inauguration of its BioMed Research Club The Petra Corretjer de O'Neill High School in Manatí celebrated the inauguration of its BioMed Research Club

The Petra Corretjer de O'Neill High School in Manatí celebrated the inauguration of its BioMed Research Club on December 10, 2004. The activity was organized under the leadership of science teachers: Ms. Carmen Fernández Repollet, Ms. Evelyn Rodríguez Maldonado, and Ms. Alma Sánchez Rivera.
The Elohim School of Caguas conducted an Art Fair during the month of November 2004 The Elohim School of Caguas conducted an Art Fair

The Elohim School of Caguas conducted an Art Fair during the month of November 2004; the fair theme was the Circulatory System. Students presented art projects that included pictures, drawings, and sculptures of the circulatory system.
Successful Participation of the BioMed Battle Team in the Caguas Health Fair Successful Participation of the BioMed Battle Team in the Caguas Health Fair

The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) in collaboration with the Elohim School of Caguas, which has served as the beta site for activities developed by BREP, participated in the Health Fair held at Centro de Bellas Artes in Caguas during October 20-21, 2004.
More than 30 schools from the northern side of the Island were present and have the opportunity to talk with us during the congress.    Pfizer Educational Alliances Congress

The BREP Program was invited to attend the first "Educational Alliances Congress" sponsored by Pfizer Pharmaceutical at the Embassy Suites in Dorado on August 3, 2004. More than 16 organizations were invited to attend this activity including: Alianza Corporativa Pro-Educación, Science on Wheels, AlACiMa, Sapientis, Fundación Comunitaria Puertorriqueña, Congreso de Líderes, Puerto Rico Libre de Drogas, APOS and Universidad Politécnica.
The "Colegio de Químicos de PR" in its annual conference recognized several K-12 Science & Technologies Initiatives on the Island.  PRChem 2004 Recognized K-12 Science and Technology Initiatives in Puerto Rico

The "Colegio de Quimicos de PR" in its annual conference and exhibition recognized three K-12 Science & Technologies Initiatives on the Island. The BREP program was invited to participate at the conference celebrated in the Westin Rio Mar during July 27-30, 2004. Thousands of chemists attended the conference giving us the opportunity to introduce our program to them.
The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) Initiates BioMed Battle Team Web Sites The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) Initiates BioMed Battle Team Web Sites

The BREP program launched their BioMed Battle Team websites with a 3 days training given at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus during the month of July 2004. Participating at this training were 26 science teachers from 14 different Intermediate Schools from the Puerto Rico Department Education.
2004 Interns: Gaviota M. Morales Serrano, Katia Y. Hernández Gómez, Xavier J. Hernández Gómez, David J. Velilla Nuñez, Valeria Garcia Ortiz, Cynthia L. Bernis Vázquez, Ricardo A. Cortez Ortiz, Marlon J. González Villacruzes, Johnny E. López Calero, Ismael Orengo Sánchez, Jorge F. Ortiz Carpena,  Alba R. Lacen Martes, Desirée Ríos Poll, Jennifer M. Cosme Torres, Risessa L. Vera Ortiz, Karymer I. Flores Sáez, Ardelis Quiñones Báez, Danelis Rivera Padilla  Second Summer Internship Program Sponsored by the Biomedical Research Education Program

The BREP program conducted its second Summer Internship Program during the June 1-4, 2004 at the UPR, Medical Science Campus. Eighteen students and one teacher, from seven different middle schools from the Island, participated in the program.
Shoppers at Villa Blanca Mall listen to students' presentations during a tour of the exhibits. The Biomedical Research Education Program Begins his Outreach Program with an Exhibit at Villa Blanca Plaza Mall

The Biomedical Research Education Program in collaboration with the Elohim School, which has served as a beta site for activities developed by the BREP program, organized an exhibit at the Villa Blanca Plaza Mall in Caguas.
Mr. Felipe N. Padilla explained in detail the goals and tools that the BREP program will use to achieved these goals. Staff from the Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) meets with the Science Teachers at the Department of Education of Puerto Rico.

Staff of the Biomedical Education Research Program (BREP) at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus, Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet, Dr. Abe Schwartz and Mr. Felipe N. Padilla; introduced the PR-BREP program to a group science teachers from Intermediate Schools of the Island. The meeting was held at the Department of Education.
Dr. Abe Schwartz; Co-Investigator of the Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Education Program; Dr. L. Tony Breck, National Center for Research Resources, NIH; Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet, Principal Investigator of the Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Education Program and Dr. Rebecca Poon, Technical Advisor of the Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Education Program. Science Education Partnership Award Annual Directors Meeting

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Directors Meeting was held on February 26-28, 2004 at the St. Louis Science Center. The attendees were welcomed by Frieda Smith, St. Louis Science Center and Vicki May, Washington University.
BREP's Director of Research Education BREP's Director of Research Education participated in the District's Science Fair in Vega Baja

Mr. Felipe N. Padilla, BREP's Director of Research Education, was invited to participate in the Department of Education, Vega Baja District, Science Fair 2004. Students from 12 schools in the district ranging from Elementary to High School participated in the Science Fair.
Mrs. Vanesa Mulero and Mrs. ángela González teachers at the Montessori, Escuela del Trabajador, during the first test of the "BioMed Battle Team" comic book. The Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP) begins distribution and evaluation of their first BioMed Battle Team comic book at schools

Distribution of the first BioMed Battle Team comic book is in progress. Public and private schools have been contacted to serve as testing sites for this initiative. The first selected site was the Montessori School, "Escuela del Trabajor", were Ms. Marlin Sufron, Academic Affairs Officer gave us the opportunity to meet students at the school.
Mr. Felipe N. Padilla Mr. Felipe N. Padilla álvarez joins the Biomedical Research Education Program as the new Director of Education in Investigation

Mr. Felipe N. Padilla álvarez joins the Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Education Program (PR-BREP) as the new Director of Research Education. Mr. Padilla was born in Ciales, P.R. and attended the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus were he completed a Bachelor in Sciences with a major in Biology.
1st BREP Summer Intership First Summer Internship Program sponsored by the Biomedical Research Education Program

The BREP program conducted its first Summer Internship Program during June 19-26, 2003. Nine students and one teacher, from two different high schools, participated in the program which included visits to the research facilities supported by the RCMI Program at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus.
Dr. Abe Schwarts and Dr. L. Tony Beck Investigators from the Medical Sciences Campus attend Annual Director's Meeting of the Science Education Partnership Award Program

Dr. Emma Fernández Repollet, Principal Investigator and Dr. Abe Schwartz Co-Investigator of that Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Education Program attended the annual director's meeting of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program held during February 20-22, 2003 in La Jolla, CA. The School of Medicine at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus received a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center of Research Resources in January, 2003.
Dr. Abe Schwarts and Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet Science Educational Partnership Award (SEPA) awarded to Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet

Dr. Emma Fernández Repollet, RCMI Program Director at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, received a Science Educational Partnership Award from the Division of Clinical Research at the National Center for Research Resources, NIH. Dr. Fernández-Repollet proposed to develop a Biomedical Research Education Program to improve the knowledge of Puerto Rican K-12 students about biomedical research focusing on diseases and disorders that disproportionately impact our population.

Contact Information:

Emma Fernandez-Repollet, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Telephone: (787) 764-7074
Fax: (787) 274-1639
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