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  • Evidence on Non-caloric Sweeteners

    Monday, November 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Speakers: Kiyah Duffey (Virginia Tech), Gary D. Foster (Weight Watchers International, Inc), John Glendinning (Barnard College), Rick Mattes (Purdue University)

    This evening event will unpack current scientific research regarding the effect of non-caloric sweeteners on weight management and health.

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    Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Advances in Human Microbiome Science

    Speakers: Jonathan Braun (University of CaliforniaLos Angeles), Rudolph Clerval (Enterome), Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich (King's College London), Michael A. Fischbach (University of California, San Francisco), Andy Goodman (Yale School of Medicine), Randy Longman (Weill Cornell Medical College), Sarkis Mazmanian (California Institute of Technology), Paul O'Toole (University College Cork), R. Balfour Sartor (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)

    In the human colon, the microbiome forms one of the densest bacterial ecosystems known in nature. This symposium will highlight recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on gut health.

    Friday, October 16, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)
    Speakers: Eliza Barclay (NPR), Sanjay Basu (Stanford University), Julia Belluz (, Jason P. Block (Harvard Medical School), Juan Angel Rivera Dommarco (National Institute of Public Health, Mexico), Helena Bottemiller Evich (Politico), Matthew Harding (Duke University), Terry Huang (CUNY School of Public Health), Nancy Huehnergarth (Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting), Barbara Laraia (University of California Berkeley), Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell University)

    Well-informed nutrition policy decisions which consider scientific evidence should strive for effective policies that improve health outcomes on a large scale. This one-day conference will focus on emerging research methodology, how to interpret research outcomes and how these can be used to inform policy.

    October 18 - 22, 2015

    Tenth Cooley's Anemia Symposium

    Keynote Speakers: Maria Domenica Cappellini (University of Milan) and Stuart H. Orkin (Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
    Speakers: Emanuele Angelucci (Cancer Hospital "Armando Businco," Cagliari), Jodie L. Babitt (Massachusetts General Hospital), Jonathan M. Barasch (Columbia University), Daniel E. Bauer (Boston Children's Hospital; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Harvard Medical School), Sunil Bhandari (Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Hull York Medical School), Caterina Borgna-Pignatti (University of Ferrara), Farid Boulad (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Marina Cavazzana-Calvo (Hospital Necker, University Paris Descartes), David H.K. Chui (Boston University School of Medicine), Thomas D. Coates (Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine), Ann Dean (National Institutes of Health), David Dinan (Nemours Children’s Hospital), Alexander (Hal) Drakesmith (Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford), Kathleen Durst (Cooley's Anemia Foundation), Giuliana Ferrari (San Raffaele-Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy), Steven Flamm (Northwestern Medical Center), Mark D. Fleming (Boston Children's Hospital), Ellen B. Fung (UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland), Andrea Giusti (Galliera Hospital), Olivier Hermine (Hospital Necker, University Paris Descartes), Doug Higgs (University of Oxford), Eldad Arie Hod (Columbia University), Janet L. Kwiatkowski (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), Ashutosh (Ash) Lal (University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland), Roberto Machado (University of Illinois College of Medicine), Takahiro Maeda (Brigham and Women's Hospital), Punam Malik (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), Jeffery L. Miller (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases), David G. Nathan (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Elizabeth (Ella) Nemeth (University of California, Los Angeles), Ellis Neufeld (Boston Children's Hospital), Arthur Nienhuis (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), Dudley Pennell (Imperial College London), Antonio Piga (Torino University), John Porter (University College London Hospitals), Scott Reeder (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health), Stefano Rivella (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), Thomas M. Ryan (The University of Alabama at Birmingham), Vijay Sankaran (Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Shalini Shenoy (St. Louis Children's Hospital), Ali Taher (American University of Beirut Medical Center), Swee Lay Thein, John F. Tisdale (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), Suzy V. Torti (University of Connecticut Health Center), Tim M. Townes (The University of Alabama at Birmingham), Marsha J. Treadwell (Children's Hospital Oakland), Vip Viprakasit (Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University), John C. Wood (Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

    Global experts explore the biology of globin gene regulation and fetal hemoglobin induction; stem cell transplant, gene therapy strategies, and gene editing; and clinical issues in thalassemia treatment and imaging.

    Monday, October 19, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Interviewing Etiquette for STEM Professionals

    Join the Science Alliance and INet NYC to learn the ins and outs on how to ace your job interview in the U.S. Interview etiquette differs per country and culture, and as a young professional in the U.S. you could benefit from this workshop to better understand the interview process in the U.S. This event aims to help you develop and enhance your interview skill set so that you can impress your potential future employer. This will be an interactive seminar in which you will get the opportunity to learn from, and ask questions to a career expert on how to present yourself during the interview process.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Phenotypic and Biomarker-Based Drug Discovery

    Speakers: Andras J. Bauer (Boehringer Ingelheim USA), Michael R. Jackson (Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute), Jonathan A. Lee (Eli Lilly), Martin Main (AstraZeneca), Friedrich Metzger (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd), Bruce A. Posner (University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center), Aravind Subramanian (Broad Institute), Giulio Superti-Furga (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Susanne Swalley (Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research)

    This symposium aims to deepen our understanding of phenotypic drug discovery and to foster the exchange of ideas between industry-based and academic research scientists.

    October 27 - December 5, 2015

    From Scientist to CSO: Experiencing the Scientific Method as your Guide to Career Success

    Course Instructors: Larry Petcovic (Human Workflows), Randall Ribaudo (Human Workflows)

    Enhance your communication, leadership, and teambuilding skills that all employers value by taking From Scientist to CSO, one of the most popular courses offered at the New York Academy of Sciences.

    October 28 - 29, 2015

    Pre-Approval Access: Can Compassion, Business, and Medicine Coexist?

    This 2-day colloquium will explore challenges surrounding pre-approval access to investigational medicines in a series of debates featuring prominent representatives of governments, pharmaceutical companies, patient groups, NGOs, and foundations.

    Monday, November 2, 2015 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Lyceum Society November 2015 Meeting

    The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Grantsmanship for Postdocs

    Keynote Speaker: Jaime Rubin (Columbia University)

    Join Science Alliance and NYWiSTEM for the Grantsmanship workshop. During this evening seminar, Dr. Jaime Rubin will focus on best practices for effective grantsmanship, specifically applied to the NIH K99/R00 career transition grant application.

    Monday, November 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Current Evidence on Non-caloric Sweeteners and their Health Implications

    Speakers: Kiyah Duffey (Virginia Tech), Gary D. Foster (Weight Watchers International, Inc), John Glendinning (Barnard College), Rick Mattes (Purdue University)

    This evening event will unpack current scientific research from multiple disciplines, regarding the effect of non-caloric sweeteners currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in foods and beverages in the United States, on weight management and health.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges

    Speakers: Seth Adu-Afarwuah (University of Ghana), Vincent Amanor-Boadu (Kansas State University), Richard Black (PepsiCo), Laurette Dubé (McGill University), Corinna Hawkes (City University London), Allan Hruska (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization), PK Joshi (International Food Policy Research Institute), Mark J Manary (Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Sonny Ramaswamy (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture), John L. Sievenpiper (University of Toronto), Joanne Slavin (University of Minnesota)

    This inaugural conference will look at the role of pulses in healthy and sustainable diets, examine how pulses can make critical contributions to public health, and explore opportunities for enhancing these benefits broadly through food system innovations.

    Friday, December 4, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Managing Disease-Related Lean Body Mass Loss through Clinical and Nutrition Interventions

    Speakers: Melissa J. Benton (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), David Evans (The Ohio State University), Gordon Jensen (The Pennsylvania State University), Robert Martindale (Oregon Health & Science University Healthcare), Peter A. McCullough (Dallas Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital), Gerard Mullin (Johns Hopkins Medicine), Dennis H. Sullivan (University of Arkansas), Paul Wischmeyer (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

    Lean Body Mass Loss Clinical and Nutrition Interventions

    Monday, December 7, 2015 | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Genome Integrity Discussion Group

    The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    GLP-1 Treatment for Metabolic Disease and Beyond

    Speakers: David D'Alessio (University of Cincinnati), Richard DiMarchi (Indiana University), Keld Fosgerau (Zealand Pharma), Matthew Hayes (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), George Holz (State University of New York), Lotte Knudsen (Novo Nordisk), Patrick Sexton (Monash University), Konrad Talbot (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), Beat Jucker (GlaxoSmithKline)

    GLP-1 receptor agonists have improved treatment options in type 2 diabetes, although realizing their promise in other areas remains challenging. This symposium highlights preclinical and clinical breakthroughs and opportunities for drug development.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature

    Featuring: Christian Miller (Wake Forest University), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum), Michael Shermer (Chapman University), and Simone Schnall (University of Cambridge)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Susan Neiman and Christian Miller join forces with social psychologist Simone Schnall and science writer Michael Shermer to take a closer look at our moral ecology and its influence on our underlying assumptions about human nature.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Teaching Kids to Program with KIBO

    Keynote Speakers: Marina Umaschi Bers (Tuffs University), Meghan Groome (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    This training will teach educators how to use KIBO, an instructional tool, to connect programming with arts and culture.

    Saturday, January 30, 2016 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Risky Business – The Future of Biopharmaceutical Innovation

    This event gives professionals from across the biopharmaceutical space – from scientists and industry executives, through healthcare providers and insurers to investors - a visceral understanding of how biopharma innovation dynamics are evolving, mimicking decision-making under pressure in a complex and changing environment.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

    Featuring: Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern University), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.

    Monday, February 22, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Regenerative Medicine: Transitioning Therapeutics from Cells to the Clinic

    Speakers: Edward Lanphier (Sangamo BioSciences), Jane S Lebkowski (Asterias Biotherapeutics), Racheli Ofir (Pluristem Therapeutics Inc), Mahendra Rao (The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute), John Sinden (ReNeuron), Kathleen Tsolkas (Janssen Research and Development)

    Advances in gene editing cell have driven an explosion of pre-clinical cell based therapies. This event addresses the need to rethink clinical, regulatory & manufacturing approaches to accelerate the transition of drugs through the clinic.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Neuronal Connectivity in Brain Function and Disease: Novel Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets

    Speakers: Wenbiao Gan (NYU Langone Medical Center), Bruce McEwen (Rockefeller University), Eric Nestler (Mount Sinai School of Medicine), Amy Robinson (MIT), Bernardo Sabatini (Harvard Medical School), David Sulzer (Columbia University Medical Center)

    Mapping neuronal circuitry provides important insight into mammalian health and disease. This symposium will discuss emerging tools and novel findings that address this important goal.