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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates

Mar 28, 2019, 17:34 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

Antimicrobial Resistance Seminar, April 1

Warren Rose, PharmD, MPH, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy will be the speaker for our April 1 seminar.  The seminar, Optimizing Combination Therapy for Complex Staphylococcus aureus infections: From Pathogen to Patient will take place at noon, at UTHealth, 6431 Fannin St. MSB.B.500 (please note change of location from last week’s GCC News).  No registration is required, but free box lunches will be available for the 1st 40 attendees. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson.

GCC Translational Pain Research 9th Annual Symposium, April 12, 2019

Confirmed speakers include Kathleen Sluka, University of Iowa; Ellen Lumpkin, Columbia University; Linda Watkins, University of Colorado Boulder; Michelle Hook, Texas A&M;  Greg Dussor, UT Dallas; Juan Herrera, UTHealth Jin Mo Chung, UTMB; and  Terry Walters, UTHealth. Location:  BioScience Research Collaborative, Auditorium, 6500 Main St.  Conference website  Registration

Register Now: Research Mentor Training for Postdocs and PhD Research Staff, May 2

This important workshop helps participants to develop skills and insight in mentoring. It is specifically designed for non-faculty PhD participants who mentor young scientists. Topics will include maintaining effective communication, aligning expectations, fostering independence,  and cultivating self-efficacy. Registration

Save the Date: 24th Annual Sealy Structural Biology Symposium, UTMB, May 4

This annual symposium and poster session, co-sponsored by the Keck Center (training arm of the GCC), provide an outstanding opportunity to meet researchers in structural biology and related fields. Information and registration.   In conjunction with and following the symposium, May 6-9, is the Cryo-EM Data Processing workshop,  Information and registration.

Save the Date: GCC Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Kickoff Mini-Symposium, May 7

The Innovative Drug Discovery and Development (IDDD) Consortium (formerly Chemical Genomics) invites you to join us for the kick-off of our new program and focus on supporting therapeutics advancement from discovery, through development, and to the clinic.  Speakers include Michelle Arkin (UCSF and President, Academic Drug Discovery Consortium), Connie Coulomb (Coulomb Strategy Consulting), Casey Cunningham (Santé Ventures), Philip Jones (MD Anderson and Institute for Applied Cancer Science), Gregory Stein (Curtana Pharmaceuticals), and Neil Warma (BioHealth Care).  The event will begin at 8:45 am (breakfast at 8:15), and topics that will be discussed in the morning sessions include 1) What are investors and/or pharma looking for in therapeutics? 2) How do they identify a good drug candidate? 3) What does it take to develop a successful therapeutic? 4) What can go wrong (challenges)? and 5) thoughts on and advice for moving academic discoveries into the clinic. The lunch session will feature short introductions to the shared cores within the GCC IDDD network, and will be followed by onsite visits to several of the cores (transportation provided for those who sign up).  You will also hear more about the future of IDDD including a workshop/seminar series that will begin in June.  See website for speaker updates and registration.

Save the Date: Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop, May 15

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 am  - 3 pm. Registration

Save the date: Scientific Data Integrity Workshop, July 24

One 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  10 am -2:30 pmLimited to the first 50 registrants.

Save the date: Reproducible Research (RR) with R and RStudio Workshop, July 30

Save the Date: 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.  More information will be available soon.

Save the Date:  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 environmental health researchers and data scientists.  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;  and Wei Zhu, PhD, Professor & Deputy Chair, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, SUNY-Stonybrook. Conference chair:  Cheryl Walker, PhD, Director, Center for Precision Environmental Health, Baylor College of Medicine.

Save the Date: 1st Annual GCC Translational Imaging Symposium, October 22

Save the Date: Regenerative Medicine Symposium, November 8

Save the Date: 1st Annual GCC Cellular and Molecular Biophysics Symposium, December 3-4


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