Institutional Events and Research Calendar

May 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016

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2016

Monday, May 02, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"CRISPR-Cas9 Targeting of SNPs and Repeat Sequences in the Huntington's Disease Gene"
Hosted by: Program in Molecular Medicine, UMMS
Location: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Biotech II, 373 Plantation Street, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Michael H. Brodsky, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS

Event Type Retreat
Hosted by: UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science 6th Annual Research Retreat
Location: Albert Sherman Center, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Registration is now open for the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science 6th Annual Research Retreat!

Don't miss out on this exciting event which will showcase our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Vasan S. Ramachandran, concurrent Mini Symposia and Poster Session.

This UMass 5-campus event is a great opportunity for collaboration and networking!

Register today!  Registration is open from April 1 to May 6.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Hosted by: University Events, UMass Medical School
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 1st floor Multi-Purpose Rooms
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the Class of 2018's transition into clinical learning!

Event Type Seminar
"Worms and Lessons Learned: An Unexpected Bifurcation in Type-2 Immunity"
Hosted by: Vladimir Litvak, PhD, Microbiology and Physiological Systems (MaPS), UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 8th floor conference room AS8-2072, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Lee Reinhardt, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, Duke University, Durham, NC

Pizza will be served following the seminar.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Event Type Education / Training
Hosted by: Drs. Doug Ziedonis and Sherry Pagoto
Location: Goff Video Conference Room S2-307C, UMMS, Worcester campus
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Type Seminar
Hosted by: UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Office of Innovation and Business Development, UMMS
Location: Faculty Conference Room S1-342, 1st floor Medical School Lobby Entrance, UMass Medical School, Worcester
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presented by, Richard Wobbe, PhD.  Dr. Wobbe's pharma experience includes Scriptgen, Anadys Pharmaceuticals, ArQule, XTL Biopharmaceuticals

Assay development and data are at the heart of pharmaceutical drug development.  Many properties have to be present in a molecule for the molecule to become a drug and each of those properties is defined by an assay.  Developing and running pharmaceutical development assays are not like running experiments in a typical research laboratory.  This lecture will describe the art and science of assay development.  The speaker will share some concrete examples of assay development and the rationale behind the selection criteria.

Please join us for this informative and educational lecture.  This event will be a great opportunity for networking and collaboration!  Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Event Type Seminar
"An inhibitory mono-ubiquitylation of the Drosophila initiator caspase Dronc functions in both apoptotic and non-apoptotic pathways" (Kamber) and "Uncovering the role of autophagy in intestinal homeostasis" (Doherty)
Hosted by: Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Elif Kamber (Bergmann Lab) and Johnna Doherty, PhD (Baehrecke Lab), UMMS

Friday, May 06, 2016

Event Type Community
Hosted by: Diversity & Inclusion Office, UMMS
Location: S1-Lobby - Medical School Lobby, UMMS
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The International Festival is hosted by the Diversity & Inclusion Office under the sponsorship of the CEOD International Committee. The festival reminds us that our geographical boundaries are not limited by Central Mass, the Boston area or New England and that having diverse cultures is critical to our mission.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"Steps in Eating a Good Apoptotic Meal: Relevance to Health and Disease"
Hosted by: Vladimir Litvak, PhD, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 8th floor conference room AS8-2072, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Kodi S. Ravichandran, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

Pizza will be served following the seminar.

Event Type Seminar
"From Cells to Populations and Back"
Hosted by: CVD Translational Research Seminar Series, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 9th floor conference room AS9-2072, UMMS
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presented by, John F. Keaney, MD, Professor and Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine and Catarina I. Kiefe, PhD, MD, Inaugural Melvin S. and Sandra L. Cutler Chair in Biomedical Research; Chair, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine, UMMS

Please join us for an new monthly seminar series that will discuss the various mechanisms underlying coronary atherosclerosis and its major pre-disposing factors and the different ways by which this leading cause of morbidity and mortality can be prevented and effectively managed. Each of our monthly sessions will feature an experienced basic scientist and a clinician/public health researcher.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Event Type Education / Training
Hosted by: Program Leaders: Beth McCormick, PhD and Robert Goldberg, PhD - UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and UMMS Office of Research
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 9th Floor Conference Room AS9-2072, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

The K-R Club Sessions will resume in September 2016.  

Drs. Rob Goldberg and Beth McCormick are, however, available for any help with one’s specific aims or grant proposals from now through the end of the summer.

Event Type Conference
Hosted by: UMass Medical School inKNOWvation and MassBio
Location: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th floor, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The field of gene therapy has grown incredibly over the past several years, with the Horae Center for Gene Therapy of UMMS at the forefront of this renaisssance as one of the world's premier gene therapy research institutes. We invite you to learn more about our latest gene therapy advances in diseases involving the central nervous system, ophthalmology, cancer, rare disease and many more.

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking
5:00 registration and networking
5:30 welcome and panel discussion
6:30 posters and networking

Register today!

Event Type Webinar
Hosted by: UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Location: WEBINAR (click on link to register)
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by:  Laura L. Hayman, PhD, MSN, FAAN, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies; Professor of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston

This webinar will provide an overview of transdisciplinary, translational, team science and include current and potential roles for nurse scientists in these research initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on optimizing the role of nurse scientists in team science with the ultimate goal of maximizing knowledge generation, dissemination and uptake in clinical and public health practice and policy initiatives.

Event Type Conference
"Exploring the Role of JNK in Anoikis and Breast Cancer"
Hosted by: Leslie Shaw, PhD
Location: Lazare Research Building, 4th floor conference room 416, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breast Cancer Research Conference

Presented by, Nomeda Girnius, Graduate Student - Davis Lab, Department of Molecular Medicine, UMMS

Epic Open House
Location: Albert Sherman Center, Multi-Purpose Rooms East & West, UMMS
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Epic application demonstrations, giveaways, information and more!

Snacks and beverages will be served.  Stop by!

Visit Epic Central for applications being demonstrated.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"CRISPR-Cas9 mediated scan of BCR-ABL improves the prediction of clinical TKI resistant mutations" (Ma) and "DNA methylation directs genomic localization of Mbd2 and Mbd3 in mES cells" (Hainer)
Hosted by: Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Leyuan Ma (Green Lab) and Sarah Hainer, PhD (Fazzio Lab), UMMS

Friday, May 13, 2016

Event Type Education / Training, Workshop
Hosted by: The Office of Research, Faculty Affairs, UMMS and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Location: Albert Sherman Center, Multi-Purpose Room EAST (1st floor), UMMS, Worcester
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Are you applying for a NIH Career Development ("K") award or your first ("R") grant?

This workshop will provide an overview of NIH and the grant review process, including a demonstration of a grant review panel, key steps in writing a grant, and the details of K and R awards. In an interactive session you will work with colleagues to draft an effective specific aims page for your application.

Presented by, Jean M. Lakoski, PhD (American College of Pharmacy) and Robert J. Milner, PhD (UMMS).

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN TILL MAY 6th!

If you are not at UMMS, please email:   Susan.Tremallo@umassmed.edu

Event Type Seminar
"Patient-Centered Health Services Research: Taking Account of Patient Perceptions of Care"
Hosted by: Dr. Hong Yu, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 9th floor conference room AS9-2072, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Barbara G. Bokhour, PhD, Acting Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research; Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health, ENRM Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The term patient-centered care is becoming pervasive in descriptions of high quality health care. This talk will address exactly what patient-centered care is (and is not), how we can recognize it and the role of health services researchers in examining care from patient perspectives. Dr. Bokhour will review a series of studies about patient perceptions of health, illness and patient care and describe studies of VA initiatives to shift the culture of care to one where patients, not diseases, drive care.

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Carla McDonald

Event Type Workshop
Hosted by: Manuel Garber, PhD, Director, Bioinformatics Core, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 4th floor conference room AS4-2069, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Bioinformatics Core hosts a data analysis session (data-thon) every other Friday. The format is to briefly introduce you to the available pipelines followed by analysis of your dataset.

Please check the website for futher information or contact Heidi Beberman for any questions.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Event Type Seminar
CANCELED - "Biology of Autism"
Hosted by: Departments of Neurobiology and Neurology, and the Office of Research, UMMS
Location: Faculty Conference Room S1-342, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A conversation with patients, clinicians, and basic scientists. Faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinicians, patients, and interested medical students are invited to attend.

RSVP to Gloria.Downing@umassmed.edu

Sandwiches and beverages will be served.

Event Type Seminar
“Modulation of Alzheimer's Aβ protofilament-membrane interactions by lipid head groups”
Hosted by: Troy Whitfield, PhD, Celia Schiffer, PhD and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 8th floor conference room, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by, Nicolae-Viorel Buchete, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin

Event Type Seminar
"Molecular mechanisms of a symmetric RAF dimer transactivation"
Hosted by: Troy Whitfield, PhD, Celia Schiffer, PhD and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 8th floor conference room, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by, Edina Rosta, PhD, Lecturer, King's College London

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"A liquid crystalline interface between homologous chromosomes regulates meiotic recombination"
Hosted by: Heidi Tissenbaum, PhD, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by, Abby Dernburg, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Event Type Seminar
"A new paradigm for DNA base excision repair from structural biology of bacterial DNA glycosylases"
Hosted by: Michael Volkert, PhD, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 8th floor conference room AS8-2072, UMMS
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Brandt F. Eichman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Department of Biological Sciences, Nashville, TN

Pizza will be served following the seminar.

RNA Club - "Small RNAs and Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance" (Mello), "CRISPR-based Interrogation of Chromosome Dynamics in Living Cells" (Ma), "Chemical Modification of Oligonucleotides: Nucleoside Chemistry at the RTI" (Hassler)
Hosted by: RNA Club; Sponsored by QIAGEN
Location: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, UMMS Biotech II, 373 Plantation Street, Worcester
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Drs. Craig Mello (RTI), Hanhui Ma (Pederson Lab) and Matthew Hassler (Khvorova Lab), UMMS

Breakfast will be provided.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"Exploring microRNA functions in the Drosophila neuromuscular system"
Hosted by: Patrick Emery, PhD, Department of Neurobiology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 7th floor conference room 716, UMMS
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Presented by, David Van Vector, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology, Member, Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Event Type Seminar
"The Role of Myo1D in Apoptosis Induced Proliferation" (Amcheslavsky) and "BRAC2 Mutant Ovarian Cancer Cells Acquire Cisplatin Resistance when Replication Forks are Stabilized" (Panzarino)
Hosted by: Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Alla Amcheslavsky (Bergmann Lab) and Nicholas Panzarino (Cantor Lab), UMMS

Friday, May 20, 2016

Event Type Retreat
Hosted by: UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Location: Albert Sherman Center, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Please join us for the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science 6th Annual Research Retreat!  The Retreat will feature a full-day of programs comprised of concurrent mini symposia, poster session, and oral presentations with panel discussion featuring the work of researchers from across the 5-UMass campuses.  Retreat attendees will include a diverse group of investigators, faculty, clinicians, nurses, community agencies, students and staff ranging from basic scientists to population health and community-based researchers.

Don't miss out on this exciting educational opportunity!  This will be a great venue for collaboration and networking too!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"Systematic Experimental Determination of Functional Constraints on Proteins and Adaptive Potential of Mutations"
Hosted by: Dan Bolon, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 8th floor conference room 816, UMMS
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by, Li Jiang, UMass Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS

Event Type Conference
Hosted by: The Biomanufacturing Science and Technology Consortium, Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center at UMass Lowell and the University of Massachusetts
Location: Inn & Conference Center at UMass Lowell, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

As in previous years, it is expected that summit participants will include scientists and engineers from academia, government and industry. Industry participants will include biopharmaceutical manufacturers, technology and system providers, raw material suppliers and agencies in the areas of development, manufacturing and engineering. The summit offers a unique opportunity to interact with professionals and leaders of the biopharmaceutical industry about current biomanufacturing challenges and to learn about breakthrough technologies. Twenty-four speakers from industry, government and academia will deliver presentations on the changing landscape of biomanufacturing.

Training sessions are also offered on May 18-20 and May 25-27 for interested participants to learn how to implement cutting edge design, quality, and advanced analytical concepts. Concepts to be covered include “Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing,” “Quality-by-Design (QbD) Risk Assessment and Design Space,” and “Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and QbD Principles in Biopharmaceuticals.” Registration for the summit is open.

Questions? Contact Dr. Seongkyu Yoon

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"Islet Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes"
Hosted by: David M. Harlan, MD, Diabetes Center of Excellence, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 2nd floor conference room 203, UMMS
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Presented by, Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Event Type Conference
Hosted by: The Biomanufacturing Science and Technology Consortium, Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center at UMass Lowell and the University of Massachusetts
Location: Inn & Conference Center at UMass Lowell, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

As in previous years, it is expected that summit participants will include scientists and engineers from academia, government and industry. Industry participants will include biopharmaceutical manufacturers, technology and system providers, raw material suppliers and agencies in the areas of development, manufacturing and engineering. The summit offers a unique opportunity to interact with professionals and leaders of the biopharmaceutical industry about current biomanufacturing challenges and to learn about breakthrough technologies. Twenty-four speakers from industry, government and academia will deliver presentations on the changing landscape of biomanufacturing.

Training sessions are also offered on May 18-20 and May 25-27 for interested participants to learn how to implement cutting edge design, quality, and advanced analytical concepts. Concepts to be covered include “Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing,” “Quality-by-Design (QbD) Risk Assessment and Design Space,” and “Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and QbD Principles in Biopharmaceuticals.” Registration for the summit is open.

Questions? Contact Dr. Seongkyu Yoon

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Event Type Seminar
Leadership Series: Leading Interprofessional Teams 2.0
Hosted by: Office of Faculty Affairs, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, CUBE 3rd floor conference room, UMMS
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Terry Flotte, MD, Dean, School of Medicine; Provost and Executive Deputy Chancellor, University of MA Medical School

Event Type Seminar
"Neutrophils and Mitochondrial DNA in Inflammation and Autoimmunity"
Hosted by: Ann Rothstein, Department of Medicine, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 3rd floor conference room 316, UMMS
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by, Keith Elkon, MD, University of Washington

Event Type Seminar
"After the wheels come off - - reconstructing replication complexes at abandoned DNA replication forks"
Hosted by: Brian Kelch, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 8th floor conference room 816, UMMS
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, James Keck, PhD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Event Type Lecture
"Increasing Survival from Active Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Events"
Hosted by: Department of Surgery, UMMS
Location: Amphitheater II S4-102, UMass Medical School
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Lenworth M. Jacobs, Chief Academic Officer; Director, Trauma Program; Professor of Surgery, Hartford Hospital; Chair, Traumatology and Emergency Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"Compressible representations for gene expression reveal fundamental processes and enable highly efficient transcriptomies"
Hosted by: Manuel Garber, PhD, Director, Bioinformatics Core, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 4th floor conference room, AS4-2072, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by, Brian Cleary, PhD Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Systems Biology

Event Type Seminar
"Regulatory networks that control innate immune sensing pathways"
Hosted by: Kate Fitzgerald, Department of Pathology, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 8th floor conference room AS8-2072, UMMS
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presented by, Michaela Gack, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, The University of Chicago

Event Type Seminar
"Current Concepts in Prostate Cancer Research"
Hosted by: Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, UMMS
Location: Lazare Research Building, 5th floor conference room 516, UMMS
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by, Mitchell H. Sokoloff, MD, Chair, Department of Urology, Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Event Type Conference
Hosted by: Northeast American Association for Clinical Chemistry announces the first Annual Northeast AACC Meeting
Location: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Featured Scientific Sessions:  Practical considerations in biomarkers of rare diseases; Applications of modern Mass Spectrometry in clinical diagnosis; Next-generation sequencing (NGS) in clinical diagnosis; Molecular diagnostic testing for infectious diseases; Mass Spectrometry in newborn screening; Mass Spectrometry image technology; Implementing Mass Spectrometry in laboratory medicine; Mass Spectrometry applications in clinical toxicology.

For more information, please email:
Dr. Mahdi Garelnabi - Mahdi_Garelnabi@uml.edu

Friday, May 27, 2016

Event Type Conference
Hosted by: Northeast American Association for Clinical Chemistry announces the first Annual Northeast AACC Meeting
Location: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Featured Scientific Sessions:  Practical considerations in biomarkers of rare diseases; Applications of modern Mass Spectrometry in clinical diagnosis; Next-generation sequencing (NGS) in clinical diagnosis; Molecular diagnostic testing for infectious diseases; Mass Spectrometry in newborn screening; Mass Spectrometry image technology; Implementing Mass Spectrometry in laboratory medicine; Mass Spectrometry applications in clinical toxicology.

For more information, please email:
Dr. Mahdi Garelnabi - Mahdi_Garelnabi@uml.edu

Event Type Workshop
Hosted by: Manuel Garber, PhD, Director, Bioinformatics Core, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center, 4th floor conference room AS4-2069, UMMS, Worcester
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Bioinformatics Core hosts a data analysis session (data-thon) every other Friday. The format is to briefly introduce you to the available pipelines followed by analysis of your dataset.

Please check the website for futher information or contact Heidi Beberman for any questions.

Monday, May 30, 2016

HOLIDAY - Memorial Day
Time: 8:00 am

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Event Type Seminar
"Single molecule and single cell analysis of RNAi pathway"
Hosted by: Melissa J. Moore, PhD, RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMMS
Location: Albert Sherman Center 4th floor conference room AS4-2072, UMMS
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by, Sua Myong, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University

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