Our rapidly growing metro area is broadening its horizons and has much to offer beyond equestrian pursuits. For example, in Ocala, scientific research plays a focal role as well. At the center is the C.E.P.’s incubator program. Our Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation, city and county governments have united to support this endeavor. Its purpose …
Local science is at the center of important discoveries. Our city hosts a scientific community to be proud of. For example, local hospitals run cutting edge clinical trials testing novel Coronavirus treatments in Ocala. Did you know that? While WHO has recently published a study which questions the effectiveness of remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, an alternative being developed in Ocala has begun trials and shows promise. Our city’s Advent Health Hospital is at the center of this research.
Additionally, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute opened the doors of its new Ocala facility in September. The Institute boasts a team of respected scientists conducting research and clinical trials into the cancer treatments of the future. Amazingly, technologies that may one day lead to a cure for the dreaded disease are being developed and tested here. Of course, the institute’s physicians also provide state of the art cancer care to patients in our community. In their effort to do so, they take particular pride in their policy of never turning away a patient in need. They treat everyone, regardless of economic capability.
Ocala: A focal point for innovation
Other scientists are developing AI technology in Ocala to help the physically disabled. Many patients suffer devastating, life changing injuries. Therefore, researchers at Ocala’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are developing robotics designed to merge man and machine. For example, they are developing technologies which will allow the severely disabled to regain the power of locomotion. Consequently, the Institute is constructing and testing artificial devices designed to replace lost limbs. They are creating technology to help human beings to communicate with and control artificial limbs through thought. The mechanical scientific breakthroughs they are researching may one day make it possible for victims of disease or accidents to regain a level of independence once thought to be impossible. Isn’t local science amazing?