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  • Microbiome Science: Gut-Brain Axis

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Speakers: Premysl Bercik (McMaster University Medical Centre), John F Cryan (University College Cork), Ted Dinan (University College Cork), Emeran Mayer (David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA), Sarkis Mazmanian (California Institute of Technology), Vassilis Pachnis, MD (The Francis Crick Institute), Robert Yolken (John Hopkins School of Medicine)

    The gut microbiome is emerging as an important regulator of brain development, brain health, and disease. This symposium will highlight recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on CNS health.

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    Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Developing Scientists through Outreach: Defining Quality for the Scientist

    Keynote Speaker: Robert H. Tai (University of Virginia)

    Placing STEM students and postdocs in K-12 learning environments to mentor, teach and do other forms of outreach is a well-known strategy to repair the leaky STEM pipeline. Join us to learn more about what opportunities exist and participate in a focus group so we can learn more about what you expect from this type of experience.

    Friday, February 19, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Developing Scientists through Outreach: Best Practices in Recruitment and Program Design

    Enhance your ability to recruit STEM subject matter experts to serve as instructors, mentors and experts in your formal and informal education programs and build your network of other programs.

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

    Regenerative Medicine: Transitioning Therapeutics from Cells to the Clinic

    Speakers: John F. DiPersio (Washington University School of Medicine), Jonathan D. Glass (Emory University School of Medicine), Edward O. Lanphier (Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.), Jane S. Lebkowski (Asterias Biotherapeutics), Racheli Ofir (Pluristem LTD), Mahendra Rao (Wake Forest University School of Medicine), Thomas Schulz (ViaCyte, Inc.), John D. Sinden (ReNeuron Limited), Katherine Tsokas (Janssen Research & Development)

    Advances in gene editing 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.

    Monday, February 29, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Emerging Approaches to Cancer Immunotherapy

    Keynote Speakers: Renier Brentjens (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Jedd Wolchok (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Jane Gross (Emergent Biosolutions, Inc), John Hunter (Compugen Ltd), Jane S. Lebkowski (Asterias Biotherapeutics), Jens-Peter Marschner (Affimed AG), Charles Nicolette (Argos Therapeutics, Inc), Charles L. Sentman (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine), David M Spencer (Bellicum Pharmaceuticals), Roland Walter (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

    Emerging strategies for Cancer Immunotherapy are changing the face of cancer treatment. This symposium will bring together experts in immunotherapy and immunology to discuss emerging approaches, challenges, and opportunities in this evolving field

    Friday, March 4, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    10th Annual Machine Learning Symposium

    Early registration is strongly encouraged as the 2015 Symposium sold out well in advance.

    Keynote Speakers: Sébastien Bubeck (Microsoft Research), Alex Graves (Google Research), Alexander Rakhlin (University of Pennsylvania), Ambuj Tewari (University of Michigan)

    This symposium features keynote speakers in applied and theoretical machine learning as well as "spotlight" talks selected from poster abstract submissions.

    March 7 - May 9, 2016

    Scientists Teaching Science Online Course

    Take the online course "Scientists Teaching Science" and learn about active vs. passive learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching and assessment techniques for students of all ages.

    Monday, March 7, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Lyceum Society March 2016 Meeting

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

    March 7 - 8, 2016

    "Speaking" Science: How to Communicate, Connect with Audiences

    For early-career scientists, this workshop will allow them to more effectively teach, negotiate, communicate, and influence others on scientific matters. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn skills valuable foundation for any career in science.

    March 11 - 12, 2016

    Making the Leap: A Non-Academic Career Planning and Job Search Boot Camp

    Join us for Science Alliance's highly anticipated 2-day career planning boot camp!

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Advances in Human Microbiome Science: Gut-Brain Interaction

    Speakers: Premysl Bercik (McMaster University Medical Centre), John F Cryan (University College Cork), Ted Dinan (University College Cork), Emeran Mayer (David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA), Sarkis Mazmanian (California Institute of Technology), Vassilis Pachnis, MD (The Francis Crick Institute), Robert Yolken (John Hopkins School of Medicine)

    The gut microbiome is emerging as an important regulator of brain development, brain health, and disease. This symposium will highlight recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on CNS health.

    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 (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), 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.

    March 30 - April 1, 2016

    Sohn Conference: Pediatric Cancer in a Post-genomic World

    Keynote Speakers: Richard Gilbertson (Cambridge Cancer Center, University of Cambridge), Craig B. Thompson (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Scott Armstrong (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Eric Bouffet (The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto), Stefan Burdach (Technical University of Munich, Germany), Michael Dyer (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Nancy Goodman (Kids V Cancer), Lee J. Helman (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health), Nada Jabado (McGill University), Katherine A. Janeway (Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School), Michael Jensen (Seattle Children's Hospital), Javed Khan (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health), Andrew Kung (Columbia University Medical Center), A. Thomas Look (Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Harvard University), David C. Lyden (Weill Cornell Medical College), Elizabeth Maher (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center), David Malkin (The Hospital for Sick Children), John Maris (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania), Yael Mossé (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Kathy Pritchard-Jones (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and University College London), Charles W.M. Roberts (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), Michel Sadelain (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Paul M. Sondel (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health), Poul H. Sorensen (University of British Columbia), Kimberly Stegmaier (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Michael D. Taylor (The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto), Matthew Vander Heiden (The Koch Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Robert Wechsler-Reya (Sanford Burnham Prebys Institute of Medical Discovery)

    Discover the latest on pediatric cancers from leading experts, including etiological differences between pediatric and adult cancers, epigenetics, mechanisms of metastasis and disease recurrence, risk factors, diagnostics, and novel treatment approaches.

    Monday, April 4, 2016 | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Genome Integrity Discussion Group

    Speakers: Titia deLange (The Rockefeller University), David Jeruzalmi (The City College of New York - CUNY), Ken Marians (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Duncan Smith (New York University)

    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.

    April 13 - 14, 2016

    Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit

    Speakers: Domenico Accili (Columbia University), Timothy Ahles (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Kathryn Anastos (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Nir Barzilai (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), James Becker (University of Pittsburgh), Caroline Blaum (New York University), Judith Campisi (Buck Institute for Research on Aging), Harvey J. Cohen (Duke University), Steven Deeks (AIDS Research Institute; University of California, San Francisco), Wendy Demark-Wahnefried (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Elissa Epel (University of California, San Francisco), Kristine Erlandson (University of Colorado), Claudia Gravekamp (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Jeffrey Halter (University of Michigan), Kevin High (Wake Forest University), Peter Hunt (University of California, San Francisco), Arti Hurria (City of Hope National Medical Center), Beth Jamieson (University of California, Los Angeles), C. Ronald Kahn (Joslin Diabetes Center), Balakuntalam Kasinath (Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies; University of Texas Health Science Center), Gretchen Neigh (Emory University), Rosario Scalia (Temple University), Jan van Deursen (Mayo Clinic)

    Explore how chronic diseases — specifically HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer — can affect the seven mechanistic pillars of aging.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Solute Carrier Proteins: Unlocking the Gene-Family for Effective Therapies

    Speakers: Dax Fu (John Hopkins School of Medicine), Kathleen M. Giacomini (University of California, San Francisco), Matthias A. Hediger (University of Bern), Avner Schlessinger (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Giulio Superti-Furga (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Ming Zhou (Baylor College of Medicine)

    Solute Carrier Proteins are an untapped resource for drug discovery. This event will discuss breakthroughs in structural biology, cell engineering and metabolomics that hold the promise of "unlocking" this gene family.

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Epigenetics: Cancer and Beyond

    Keynote Speaker: Craig B Thompson (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Eric Campeau (Zenith Epigenetics), Ewelina Kulikowski (Resverlogix Corp), Keiko Ozato (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), Roberto Pili (Indiana University School of Medicine), Patrick Trojer (Constellation), Christopher Vakoc (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

    Epigenetic abnormalities are a recognized contributing factor in tumorigenesis and other diseases. This symposium describes recent progress in validating the therapeutic potential of small molecule inhibitors targeting epigenetics marks.

    May 10 - 12, 2016 | United Kingdom

    Food-Microbiome Interaction: Implications for Health & Disease

    The human body is colonized by a vast number of commensal organisms, collectively termed the microbiome. Importantly, dysbiosis — dyregulation of this endemic microbiome — has been implicated in a myriad of human diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel disease, to depression.

    Monday, May 16, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Exposing Vulnerabilities in Cancer Metabolism: New Discoveries

    This symposium will highlight insights into tumor metabolism from leaders in the field and explore how this information is being used to design safe and effective, metabolism-targeted therapies.

    May 18 - 20, 2016

    The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers: Sixth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speakers: Nora D. Volkow (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health), George F. Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. National Institutes of Health)
    Speakers: Michael R. Bruchas (Washington University School of Medicine), Meaghan Creed (University of Geneva), Ronald G. Crystal (Weill Cornell Medical College), Thomas Eissenberg (Virginia Commonwealth University), Barry J. Everitt (University of Cambridge), Diana Fishbein (Pennsylvania State University), Yasmin Hurd (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital), Thomas Kash (University of North Carolina School of Medicine), Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy (Former U.S. Representative, Rhode Island; One Mind for Research; and Kennedy Forum), Mark A.R. Kleiman (New York University, Marron Institute of Urban Management), David M. Lovinger (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. National Institutes of Health), A. Thomas McLellan (University of Pennsylvania), P. Read Montague (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Eric J. Nestler (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital), Susan F. Tapert (University of California San Diego), Susan R.B. Weiss (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health)

    Discover from leading experts, including NIAAA and NIDA directors, the latest on neurobiology of addiction; susceptibility of the teen brain; new treatment strategies; and social, economic, political, and legislative aspects of this disease.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Speakers: Philip Cole (Johns Hopkins University Medical School), Kenneth W Duncan (Epizyme)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. In 2016, the annual year-end meeting features keynote speakers Dr Philip Cole and Dr Kenneth Duncan.