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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates

Feb 14, 2018, 17:00 PM by Melodi Moore


A Collaboration of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center,  University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Institute of Biosciences & Technology of Texas A&M Health Science Center




Keck Seminar, February 16

David Reiner, Texas A&M Health Science Center-IBT,  will present Non-canonical Ras Output: RalGEF⟶ Ral and Segregating Signals. Upcoming Seminar speakers: Gordon Mills, MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present Systems Approach to Rational Combination Therapy (2/23) and Min P. Kim, Houston Methodist Hospital will present Bioengineered Model to Study Interaction between Cancer and Immune Cells. Seminar at 4pm. Networking and refreshments will follow at 5pm, BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St, Room 280. Seminars are free and open to the public.

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Computational Cancer Biology

The GCC’s Computational Cancer Biology Training Program is again offering a 10-week summer undergraduate program at the Texas Medical Center, funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Rising sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates will have the opportunity to gain a hands-on interdisciplinary outlook on the problems presented in fundamental cancer research, while interacting with current Computational Cancer Biology Training Program postdoctoral fellows, attending talks and a short course on responsible conduct of research, and participating in an end of summer multi-disciplinary judged poster session. Program dates are  May 30 - August 3, 2018.  US Citizens or Permanent Residents eligible. See eligibility, application and program information here.  Application deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018.

Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Seminar, February 15

David Hooper, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital,  will kick off our 2018 Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship seminar series.  The seminar will take place at noon, in the Onstead Auditorium (BSRB S3.8012), 6767 Bertner. No registration is required, but free box lunches will be available for the 1st 50 attendees. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson.

Translational Pain Research 8th Annual Symposium, April 6

Call for abstracts: Confirmed speakers include Alyssa Brewer, UC Irvine; Ru Rong Ji, Duke University; Rebecca Seal, University of Pittsburgh; and Greg Neely, University of Sydney.  Abstract Instructions Please plan to join us for this outstanding symposium.  BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. Registration

NMR and Cell Tracking Symposium, May 16

Confirmed speakers include Eric Ahrens, UCSD and Craig Malloy, UTSW.  Additionally, local speakers will discuss current NMR methods and highlight existing resources and technologies available in GCC institutions.  Sponsored by the GCC Consortium for Magnetic Resonance. BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St, 8:30 am to 5 pm.  Registration

1st Annual GCC Mental Health Research Symposium, May 18

Confirmed speakers include Ronald Duman, Yale University; Mary Kay Lobo, University of Maryland School of Medicine; and Susan Koester, NIMH.  Sponsored by the GCC Cluster for Mental Health Research. BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main StRegistration

Reproducible Research (RR) with R and RStudio Workshop, June 6, 10 am -2:30 pm

First in the series of the GCC Rigor and Reproducibility (RR) Program targeted modules, this workshop will: 1) discuss examples motivating the shift to RR; 2) survey the simple nature of the most common problems; 3) discuss organizing data as projects; 4) use Rstudio, knitr, and rmarkdown to illustrate the use of literate programming to interleave text describing the analyses with the code producing the results; 5) use Rstudio, devtools, and roxygen2 to construct a basic R package; 6) survey other commonly used tools and give pointers to how they might be used and where to   learn more. This course will take place from presumes some working knowledge of R. Attendees are requested to bring laptops with recent versions of R and Rstudio installed, as well as the R packages knitr, rmarkdown, devtools, roxygen2, and RTools (this last is for Windows PCs; it’s required to compile R packages). BioScience Research Collaborative, Room 1003, 6500 Main St Limited to the 1st 30 registrants.  Registration

Scientific Data Integrity Workshop, June 13, 10 am -2:30 pm

Second in the series of the GCC Rigor and Reproducibility (RR) Program targeted modules, this workshop is designed to cover fundamental elements necessary to help assure the quality and integrity of data derived from research studies.  The workshop will review best practices for documentation of research activities, data capture, data (and document) management, and introduce risk mitigation strategies to enhance study reproducibility. A combination of mini lectures, case studies, and group exercises will comprise the activities. Knowledge gained will allow attendees to implement lessons learned within their research environment as elements of a quality system or internal to an individual research project. BioScience Research Collaborative, Room 1003, 6500 Main St Limited to the 1st 50 registrants.  Registration

q-bio 2018 Conference, BioScience Research Collaborative, Rice University, June 26-29

The goal of the q-bio Conference is to enrich the connection between modeling and quantitative experimentation in biology.  This year’s conference features invited speakers doing innovative work in biomechanics, biological physics, systems and synthetic biology.   Deadline for abstract submission for contributed posters and talks is February 19. Please see website for details.  Faculty, grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend. Local organizers include Oleg Igoshin (chair), Herbert Levine and Anatoly Kolomeisky, with GCC/Keck Center as a co-administrator. More information. 

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