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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates

Jun 5, 2019, 14:16 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 Research Seminar, June 11

We invite you to join us for Dr. Michael Satlin, MD, MS, from Weill Cornell Medicine, NY, who will be speaking on “Prevention and Treatment of Infections in Neutropenic Patients in the Face of Increasing Antimicrobial Resistance.”  The seminar will take place at UTHealth in MSB 3.301, 6431 Fannin Street, Houston, Tx., 77030.  Lunch will be provided for the first 40 attendees.

Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Round Table Series Kickoff, June 13

Please plan to join us for the first of our new monthly program focused on drug development topics and resources.  This interactive series kickoff will be focused on the importance of the Target Product Profile (TPP) and considerations for its development for therapeutics projects.  Speakers leading this discussion will include Brett Cornwell, Executive Director for Texas A&M Technology Commercialization and Philip Jones, VP, Therapeutics Discovery, MDA Cancer Center; and Head, Drug Discovery, Institute for Applied Cancer Science (IACS).  The event will take place at 4 pm in the Bioscience Research Collaborative, room 1003.  A networking reception will follow. Registration Limited to the first 60 registrants. If has reached capacity, please choose to be placed on the waitlist from the registration page.

Faculty Workshop: Managing Mentoring Conversations, Thursday, June 20

This faculty workshop encourages participants to reflect on their communication challenges in mentoring and uses these as a focus of the workshop. Participants learn skills such as how to engage mentees, give corrective feedback, and deal with emotions that often are the subtext of difficult or crucial conversations. Thursday, June 20, 10:00 - 3:30, BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. Facilitator: Walter Baile, MD, Program Director, Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement, MD Anderson. Registration. If registration has reached capacity, please choose to be placed on the waitlist from the registration page.

Save the Date:  NanoX Seminar & Networking Series Kickoff, June 25

The goal of this series is to bring the nano community together through highly focused seminars targeting specific areas of interest of the community, and to present information to facilitate collaborations and promote close interactions among the nano community members.  This first event will focus on imaging with Dr. Pratip Bhattacharya (MDA) speaking on “Virtual MRI Colonoscopy by Molecular Imaging of Hyperpolarized Silicon Micro and Nanoparticles,” and Dr. Cindy Farach-Carson (UTHealth) speaking on “Building a Biometic  Colon Surface for Testing Targeted Nanoparticles.”  The event will take place in the Bioscience Research Collaborative, Room 1003, at 4 pm.  Networking reception will follow. Registration Limited to the first 60 registrants. If registration has reached capacity, please choose to be placed on the waitlist from the registration page.


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 pmRegistration Limited to the first 50 registrants. If registration has reached capacity, please choose to be placed on the waitlist from the registration page.

Reproducible Research (RR) with R and RStudio Workshop, July 30

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, 6500 Main St, Room 1003, 9 am - 3 pm. Registration has reached capacity, please choose to be placed on the waitlist from the registration page.

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.  Confirmed speakers include Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;  Joan Nichols, UTMB; Charles Chiu, UCSF; Cesar Arias, UTHealth; Lynn Bry, Harvard; Joe Petrosino, BCM; Eric Brown, FDA;  and Martha Head, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. More information Symposium website.

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 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;  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. Co-chairs:  Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD, Provost, Professor of Statistics, and Director, Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Rice University; and Craig Hanis, Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences, UTHealth. Conference Website

Save the Date: 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).  Stay tuned for updates.

Save the Date: Regenerative Medicine Symposium, November 8

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

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 submitted abstracts.  Registration will be limited to 375.  Stay tuned to the conference website for more information.

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