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  • Life Sciences & Biomedical Research

  • Events 

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Pharmacologic Resolution of Inflammation as a Novel Therapeutic Approach

    Speaker: Michael S. Conte (University of California-San Francisco), Milan Fiala (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA), Gabrielle Fredman (Columbia University), Bruce Levy (Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital), Dipak Panigrahy (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School), Mauro Perretti (Queen Mary University of London), Charles N. Serhan (Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School), Patricia J. Sime (University of Rochester School of Medicine), Rudolph E. Tanzi (Massachusetts General Hospital)

    Uncontrolled, chronic inflammation plays a key role in the progression of many diseases, and elucidation of biochemical pathways provides novel targets. This symposium reviews discoveries, approaches and opportunities for treatment and prevention.

    Monday, November 3, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Gene Network Changes in Alzheimer's Disease: Potential Points for Therapeutic Intervention

    Speakers: Kwame O. Affram (Uniformed Services University), Erik H.W.G.M. Boddeke (University Medical Center Groningen), Oleg Butovsky (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Philip L. De Jager (Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital), Joseph El Khoury (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Miriam Merad (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Michael C. Oldham (University of California, San Francisco), Vishal Sahni (Eisai Inc), Bin Zhang (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

    Next generation sequencing of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression reveals gene networks within microglial pathways. This symposium focuses on microglia biology, molecular signatures specific to microglial phenotypes, and phenotype modulation.

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions

    Keynote Speakers: Robert E. Brackett (Illinois Institute of Technology), Frank Yiannas (Walmart)
    Speakers: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner (Rutgers University), Benjamin Chapman (North Carolina State University), Marjorie Nolan Cohn (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), Jeff Farber (Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada), Linda J. Harris (UC Davis), Tanya Roberts (Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention), Victoria Salin (Texas A&M University), Manpreet Singh (Purdue University), William Sperber (The Friendly Microbiologist LLC)

    This conference will discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety.

    November 11 - 13, 2014

    Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood
    Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker:Thomas R. Insel (National Institute of Mental Health)
    Speakers: Tracy L. Bale (University of Pennsylvania), Jay Belsky (University of California, Davis), Maureen Black (University of Maryland), Pia Britto (UNICEF), Serena Counsell (King's College London), Martha Farah (University of Pennsylvania), Edward Frongillo (University of South Carolina), Michael Georgieff (University of Minnesota), Takao Hensch (Harvard University), Sharon Lynn Kagan (Columbia University), Patricia Kuhl (Washington University), Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Betsy Lozoff (University of Michigan), Linda Mayes (Yale School of Medicine), Andrew N. Meltzoff (Washington University), Charles A. Nelson (Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital), Joseph Piven (UNC School of Medicine, CIDD), Dana Suskind (University of Chicago), Nim Tottenham (UCLA)

    Discover the latest cognitive neuroscience research on infant and early childhood development; social, family, and nutritional factors that cause lasting changes to the brain; and intervention, education, and policy to help at-risk children.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Baby Talk: Closing the Achievement Gap, Word by Word

    Moderator: Michael H. Levine (Executive Director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)
    Panelists: Patricia K. Kuhl (Co-Director, Institute for Learning and Behavioral Sciences (ILABS), University of Washington; Co-author, "The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind."), Patti Miller (Director, Too Small to Fail Initiative for the Clinton Foundation), Dana Suskind (Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative)

    By the time they are 3, children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than their high-income peers. Join us for a public panel discussion on early childhood development and strategies to boost school readiness for all children.

  • Past Events

    Friday, October 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM

    New Frontiers in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

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    Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
    Former United States Representative, Rhode Island; One Mind for Research; Kennedy Forum

    This conference will explore the translation of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience into therapies for the more than twenty-five percent of Americans suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, fear and anxiety disorders, autism, and other psychiatric disorders. A keynote lecture by The Honorable Patrick J Kennedy will address strategies to simultaneously abolish the stigma surrounding mental illness in order to fully realize the potential of these new treatments to improve mental health.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Targeting Key Vulnerabilities in Pancreatic Cancer

    Keynote Speakers: Neesha Dhani (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto), Steven D. Leach (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Gregory Beatty (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine), Neesha C. Dhani (Division of Medical Oncology & Hematology, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/Ontario Cancer Institute), Mikala Egeblad (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Douglas T. Fearon (Weill Cornell Medical College and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Elda Grabocka (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone School of Medicine), Costas A. Lyssiotis (Weill Cornell Medical College ), George Miller (NYU Langone Medical Center), Michael Ports (Gilead Sciences), Curtis B. Thompson (Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc)

    Pancreatic cancer patients currently have limited therapeutic options. This symposium explores breakthroughs in the pathogenesis and progression of pancreatic cancer, and efforts to exploit key vulnerabilities for novel therapeutic interventions.

    Monday, October 6, 2014 | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Genome Integrity Discussion Group Meeting

    Speakers: Jane Skok (NYU), Agnel Sfeir (NYU), Eli Rothenberg (NYU), Lorraine Symington (Columbia University Medical Center)

    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, September 30, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Elucidating GPCR Functional Selectivity: Novel Opportunities for Drug Development

    Keynote Speaker: Nobel Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz (Duke University Medical Center)
    Speakers: John A. Allen (Pfizer), Laura Bohn (The Scripps Research Institute - Florida), Marc G. Caron (Duke University Medical Center), Jonathan A. Javitch (Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute), Terry Kenakin (University of North Carolina School of Medicine), Bryan L. Roth (University of North Carolina School of Medicine), JoAnn Trejo (University of California, San Diego), Jonathan D. Violin (Trevena Inc.)

    Hear academic, industry, basic and translational researchers, including Nobel Laureate Robert Lefkowitz (Duke University Medical Center) and discuss the development of functionally selective GPCR-biased ligands for CV and CNS disease drug discovery.

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Fifty Years of the Genetic Code: Honoring the Legacy of Marshall Nirenberg

    Organizers: C. Thomas Caskey (Baylor College of Medicine), Brian Clark (University of Aarhus, Denmark), Gregory A. Petsko (Weill Cornell Medical College), and Jennifer Henry (formerly at The New York Academy of Sciences)

    The identification of the genetic code has offered many opportunities for further scientific discovery. This eBriefing honors the legacy of Nobel laureate Marshall Nirenberg, who described the basic unit of the genetic code 50 years ago.

    Annals

    The 12th OESO World Conference: Cancers of the Esophagus

    Edited by Robert Giuli (Deputy Director of OESO, Executive Director of the OESO Foundation, Paris, France) and Asad Umar (National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland)

    This Annals volume presents a compilation of expert views on topics related to esophageal cancers presented at the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus 12th World Conference.

    Volume 1325

    Annals

    Technical Considerations for Rice Fortification in Public Health

    Edited by Luz Maria De-Regil (World Health Organization), Arnaud Laillou (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), Regina Moench-Pfanner (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), and Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas (World Health Organization)

    This Annals volume presents papers stemming from a WHO consultation on technical considerations for the fortification of rice with micronutrients as a public health intervention.

    Volume 1324

    Free online access provide by the World Health Organization

    eBriefing

    Demyelination and Remyelination: From Mechanism to Therapy

    Keynote Speaker: Robin Franklin (Wellcome Trust – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge)

    This eBriefing highlights biological and clinical findings in remyelination. It also features new techniques for imaging myelin and screening molecular targets, as well as therapeutics that promote remyelination.

  • Podcasts

    Podcast
    April 14, 2011

    The Diabetes-Gum Disease Connection

    Good oral hygiene helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but the health of your mouth may have a big impact on the rest of your body too—especially if you have diabetes.

    Download (11 MB, 13:03)
    Podcast
    September 10, 2010

    What Makes Us Wise?

    Can we all be wise old owls? Science journalist Stephen Hall and neuroscientist Andre Fenton dissect what we call wisdom, from the neurons in our brain, to the social constructs behind it.

    Download (22 MB, 00:42:32)
    Podcast
    August 27, 2010

    Better Brains

    Neuroscientist Richard Restak thinks with the right mental exercises, our brains can be much better. Today he teams with writer Susan Orlean to talk about our brainy potential.

    Download (35 MB, 00:54:21)
    Podcast
    August 13, 2010

    How Prosperity Evolves

    With our economy a shambles and our environment threatened, is there any reason to be optimistic about the future? Matt Ridley says there's scientific proof to say we should be.

    Download (33 MB, 00:51:28)
  • Webinar Archives

    Webinar Archive
    March 2, 2010

    Emerging Infectious Diseases in Response to Climate Change

    Climate and weather are important components of complex ecosystems, and with these changes, the dynamic balance between the living components of ecosystems is often disturbed. Experts in climate change, climate policy, emerging infectious diseases and public health discussed the relevant and pressing issues that we as a global community face as the planet's climate is altered.

    Webinar Archive
    February 23, 2010

    Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors: Translation from Discovery to Clinical Trials

    Researchers met to discuss advances in basic and translational research on metabotropic glutamate receptors, which are promising targets in drug discovery for CNS diseases and other illnesses.

    Webinar Archive
    October 27, 2009

    Is Alzheimer's Disease Type 3 Diabetes?

    What is the connection between dysregulated neuronal insulin signaling and Alzheimer's disease? In a recent Academy webinar, some researchers argued that the neurodegenerative disease should be considered a type of diabetes.

    Webinar Archive
    April 28, 2009

    Protein Kinases: Structure-Guided Drug Discovery

    Protein kinases play a key role in almost every major pathway in eukaryotic cells. Structural approaches, including a new method called fragment-based drug design, are identifying potential targets against diseases including cancer.

  • Translational Medicine Initiative

    Macy FoundationThe Translational Medicine Initiative represents a three-year partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to support the translation of basic science research into clinical applications.

    Learn more at www.nyas.org/TransMed.