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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates - August 28, 2019

Aug 28, 2019, 16:31 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

 Looking for a particular piece of equipment?

Did you know that the GCC has a Shared Equipment and Resource Committee (SERC) composed of the Directors/Leaders in equipment inventory and acquisition from each of the GCC institutions?  If you are looking for a particular piece of equipment, please email Suzanne Tomlinson, and the committee members will work together to try to locate it and introduce you to the PI who owns/administers it.

Click to view GCC Shared Core Facilities


Innovative Drug Discovery & Development Roundtable Series: High Throughput Screening, September 5

Please join us for the first of our Fall Roundtable Workshops which will highlight High Throughput Screening.  Additionally, you will learn about available resources in this area as well as best practices in industry.  Confirmed speakers include Douglas Auld, Novartis and Clifford Stephan, Institute of Biosciences and Technology.  When you register, you will have the opportunity to submit questions that you would like for the speakers to address during the interactive round-table discussion that will follow their presentations. The event will take place in BRC 1003 from 3:00-6 with networking reception following.  Registration limited to 70 – only a few seats available. Registration.

Keck Seminar, September 6 

Marcia O’Malley, Rice University, will present Enhancing Human Performance with Wearable Haptics. Upcoming Seminar speakers include:  Vasanthi Jayaraman, UT Health Science Center at Houston (9/13), Yubin Zhou, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University (9/20), and Eric Wagner, UT Medical Branch at Galveston (9/27) . Seminar at 4pm. Networking and refreshments will follow at 5pm, BioScience Research Collaborative, 280, 6500 Main St. Seminars are free and open to the public. Keck Seminar Schedule

Systems Biology for Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Symposium, September 18

This Symposium, focused on antimicrobial resistance, will take place at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.  Confirmed speakers include Liliana Brown, NIAID; Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;  Joan Nichols, UTMB; Charles Chiu, UCSF; Cesar Arias, UTHealth; Lynn Bry, Harvard; Joe Petrosino, BCM;, FDA;  and Martha Head, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. More information Symposium website.

SBIR/STTR Workshop, October 3

The GCC Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Consortia will host this 8 hour SBIR/STTR workshop in place of their monthly round-table series.  Presented by Eva Garland Consulting, the workshop will cover 1) strategies for identifying and pursuing SBIR/STTR funding opportunities; 2) developing competitive SBIR/STTR grant proposals; 3) understanding the individual proposal components; 4) preparing a budget; 5) special focus on NIH SBIR/STTR grants as well as the nuances of the different NIH Institutes/Centers and Scientific Review Groups; 6) Mock SBIR/STTR review panel; and 7) Post-award review and award process; grants management, compliance, and accounting.  All participants will be will be provided with copies of the book " Winning NIH SBIR/STTR Grants: A Ten Week Plan for Preparing your Phase I Application " and “Winning NIH SBIR/STTR Grants: A Twelve Week Plan for Preparing your Phase II Application” as well as electronic and hard copies of the slide deck and other training materials used during the workshop.  The workshop will take place from 8-5pm in BRC 1003.  The subsidized cost to attend is $125 (includes all materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking) and seating is limited to 45, so be sure and register early.  Registration.

Rigor and Reproducibility , October 10

1st place winner of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2017 Innovations in Research and Research Education Award, this exciting workshop brings together highly acclaimed experts in rigor and reproducibility in research topics including data analysis, experimental design, resource sharing, publication and reporting, and more.  With speakers and facilitators from all 7 of our GCC institutions, this interactive workshop has proven to be very effective as well as a lot of fun. BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St, Event Space, 9:30 am  - 3 pm. Registration. If registration is full, you can choose to be added to the waitlist from the registration page.

29th Annual Keck Research Conference, October 11

“Precision Environmental Health: Integrating Environmental Sciences, Genomics, and Data Science to Advance Human Health.” This conference focuses on interdisciplinary bioscience and will include talks from internationally recognized experts in the broad area of environmental health sciences.  Confirmed speakers include Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; James Eberwine, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine, UPenn; Elizabeth Winzeler, PhD, Professor, Director of Translational Research, UC San Diego; Debra Laskin, PhD, Professor and Chair, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Rutgers University and Richard Finnell, PhD, Professor, Center for Precision Environmental Health, Baylor College of Medicine. Conference chair:  Cheryl Walker, PhD, Director, Center for Precision Environmental Health, Baylor College of Medicine. Co-chair: Craig Hanis, Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences, UTHealth. Conference Website

1st Annual GCC Translational Imaging Symposium, October 22

Confirmed speakers include Alan Koretsky, NINDS; Janet Eary, NCI Cancer Imaging Program; Angelique Louie, UC Davis;  John Gore, Vanderbilt University; John Hazle, MDA; Mostafa Waleed Gaber, BCM; Masoud Motamedi, UTMB; Refaat Gabr, UTHealth; Jim Bankson, MDA; Robia Pautler, BCM; Ponnada Narayana; UTHealth, Omid Veiseh, Rice; and Badri Roysam, UH. Conference website  Registration.

Save the Date:  1st Annual GCC Single Cell Omics Networking Colloquium, October 24

ADME: Lead Characterization and Optimization, October 29

We invite you to REGISTER for this exciting conference introducing our newest CPRIT-funded GCC Center for PK/PD and Formulation (CCPF).  Sponsored by CPRIT, CCPF, and the GCC Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Consortium, this conference will include a “How-to” session on approaching PK (ADME)/PD and formulation studies.  Topics discussed will include protein:protein interactions, biologics, small molecules and examples of projects from users of the core.  Confirmed speakers include S.W. Johnny Lau; Fadi Ibrahim, Pfizer; Oscar Ekpenyong, Merck; Cinzia Stella, Genetech; Mohammad Tabrizi, Ascendis; Jeff Larson, Iterion;  Mark Cox, UT El Paso; Dong Liang, TSU; Diana Chow, UH; Huan Xie, TSU; Robert Tsai, IBT; and Stan Watowich, UTMB.  Stay tuned for additional confirmed speakers. Conference website

IDDD Round Table Workshop on Emerging Screening Technologies for Drug Discovery, November 7

We invite you to join us for the November Roundtable Workshop which will highlight the use of DNA-encoded libraries and fragment-based approaches for screening.  Additionally, you will learn about available resources in this area as well as best practices in industry.  Confirmed speakers include Lisa Marcaurelle, Director of Chemistry at GlaxoSmithKline and Damian Young, Baylor College of Medicine.  When you register, you will have the opportunity to submit questions that you would like for the speakers to address during the interactive round-table discussion that will follow their presentations.  The event will take place in BRC 1003 from 3:00-6 with networking reception following.  Registration will be limited to 70. Registration.

Save the Date:  GCC Cross Consortia HEAL Initiative-Focused Networking Colloquium, November 6

Regenerative Medicine Symposium, November 8

We invite you to join us for this exciting symposium that will focus on latest advances in regenerative medicine research, including recent and ongoing clinical trials.  Confirmed speakers include Hans Keirstead,  AIVITA; Edward Wirth, BioTime, Inc.; Joshua Hare, University of Miami; Cindy Farach-Carson, UTHealth; Frank McKeon, University of Houston; Robert Krencik, Houston Methodist; and Ying Liu, UTHealth. Conference website Registration.

Save the Date: Emerging Trends in Cellular and Molecular Biophysics, December 3

Save the Date:  GCC Regenerative Medicine and Single Cell Omics Cross-Consortia Networking Colloquium, December 9

3rd Annual Texas Medical Center Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Stewardship, January 22-24, 2020

We invite you to REGISTER early for this exciting conference.  Confirmed speakers include Helen Boucher, Tufts University; William Shafer, Emory University; David Greenberg, UT Southwestern; Ryan Shields, University of Pittsburgh; Brian Werth, University of Washington; David van Duin, University of N. Carolina; Vance Fowler, Duke; Sara Cosgrove, Johns Hopkins; Victor Nizet, University of California San Diego; Edgar Sherman, Emory; Ying Taur, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Andy Koh, UT Southwestern; Cindy Sears, Johns Hopkins; Marion Kainer, Tennessee Dept. of Health; Chanu Rhee, Harvard Medical School; Kim Blumenthal, Harvard Medical School; Lilian Abbo, University of Miami; Anna Konovalova, UTHealth; Anthony Flores, UTHealth; Natasha Kirienko, Rice University; Gerald Bills, UTHealth; Ashok Chopra, UTMB; Julian Hurdle, IBT; Lynn Zechiedrich, BCM; Adriana Rosato, HMRI; Eric Brown, UTHealth; Sheldon Kaplan, TCH; Sam Shelburne, MDA; Isaam Raad, MDA; Luis Ostrosky, UTHealth; Luis Vega, UTHealth; Jourdan Andersson, BCM; Kevin Garey, UH; Christy Su, Memorial Hermann; Ed Septimus, Harvard and TAMU; Chase Janak, HMRI; Mandelin Cooper, HCA Healthcare; Dan Musher, BCM; Carol Baker, UTHealth; Flor Munoz, TCH; and Robert Atmar, BCM. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, see CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

Save the Date: NeuroNex Workshop, January 30, 2020

C0-sponsored by the GCC Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Consortium, this workshop will take place in the  BioScience Research Collaborative, Room 280.  Stay tuned for more info.

Save the Date: 17th Annual Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Conference, January 31, 2020

Confirmed speakers include Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Ann Hermundstad, Janelia Research Campus; and Ken Miller, Columbia.  Stay tuned for updates.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual GCC Mental Health Research Conference, March 31

Please mark your calendar for this exciting event that will highlight advances in Mental Health Research in the region and across the nation.  Confirmed keynote, Joshua Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will discuss priorities and funding opportunities.  Stay tuned for updates.                            

Save the Date: Next Generation Pain Therapeutics from Basic Science to the Clinic, April 13-15

We invite you to join us for the 10th Anniversary Conference of our Translational Pain Research Consortium.  Keynote speaker, Walter Koroshetz, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will discuss NINDS priorities and opportunities, including those related to the HEAL initiative.  Plenary presentations will be selected from short proposals submitted HERE.  Registration will be limited to 375.  Stay tuned to the conference website for more information.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Conference, May 11-12

Please save the date for this exciting conference and stay tuned for speaker updates.  James Inglese, NIH/NCATS is confirmed.