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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates

Jun 19, 2019, 10:37 AM 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


 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.

Logo Design Contest:  Enter your design and win $250! Deadline August 1

Designs should be in full color, and all graphics should be in the highest resolution possible, as the logo will be used in all promotional materials for the 2019 Annual Keck Research Conference (see below). Theme: “Precision Environmental Health: Integrating Environmental Sciences, Genomics, and Data Science to Advance Human Health.” More information is here.

Gulf Coast Vascular Research Consortium meeting, August 23-24

Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, this conference will highlight cutting edge research in vascular biology and disease from world-renowned laboratories across the Gulf Coast region.  Attendees will learn of the latest advances in key areas of vascular biology and disease – including endothelial biology and vascular inflammation, vascular aging and regeneration, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of vascular disease, lymphatic and venous pathobiology, vascular imaging and bioengineering - and how these insights are being translated into novel therapies for patients. The event will take place at Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave. 2nd Floor.  For more information, Click HERE.

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, Professor of Statistics, and Director, Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Rice University; and 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).  Stay tuned for updates.

Save the Date: 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 Edward Wirth (BioTime, Inc.); Joshua Hare (University of Miami), and Cindy Farach-Carson (UTHealth).  Stay tuned for updates.

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

Save the Date: 3rd Annual GCC Mental Health Research Conference, March 31, 2020

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, 2020

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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