Four presentations are scheduled for the First Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Symposium at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Estep Auditorium of East Central University’s Bill S. Cole University Center.

The symposium, which will be an annual event and is open to the public, is named in honor of the late Dr. Raniyah Ramadan, who was a research scientist in neuro-ophthalmology.

“Through The Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Foundation, the family is proud to honor the legacy of our daughter by supporting the educational opportunities that inspire life-long learning and advance knowledge,” said Siham Ramadan, mother of Raniyah.

This year’s symposium will feature four speakers from the medical research science field.

Among the topics presented are:

Central Mechanisms Regulating Visceral Pain”Molecular Pathogenesis of Severe Bacterial EndophthalmitisExploring the Role of Caveolin-1 in Retinal Physiology and PathophysiologyCerium Oxide Nanoparticles Inhibit Retinoblastoma

The symposium is being facilitated by the ECU Biology Department, Tri-Beta Biology Club and ECU College of Health and Science.

“The purpose of the symposium is to show what’s being done in the neuroscience research field and to engage scholarly activities between the two universities (East Central University and the University of Oklahoma),” said Nick Cheper, professor and chair of ECU’s Department of Biology.