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  • Life Sciences & Biomedical Research

  • Events 

    Friday, April 25, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Malaria 2014: Advances in Pathophysiology, Biology and Drug Development

    Keynote Speakers: Jane M. Carlton (New York University), Rick M. Fairhurst (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH), Terrie E. Taylor (Michigan State University)
    Speakers: Myles Akabas (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Purnima Bhanot (UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School), Liwang Cui (Pennsylvania State University), Mahalia S. Desruisseaux (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Miriam K. Laufer (University of Maryland School of Medicine), Laura Kirkman (Weill Cornell Medical College), Marcus Lee (Columbia University), Alexander Ploss (Princeton University), Photini Sinnis (Johns Hopkins University)

    Despite a 25% reduction in global malaria mortality since 2000, around half the world's population is at risk. Join us on World Malaria Day to examine breakthroughs in pathophysiology, pre-erythrocytic and liver stage biology, and drug development.

    April 28 - 29, 2014

    Companion Diagnostics: From Biomarker Identification to Market Entry

    Keynote Panelists: Mikael Dolsten (Pfizer Inc), Michael Kolodziej (Aetna), Charles L. Sawyers (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

    Biomarker-based companion diagnostics (CDx), designed to identify treatment responsive patients, lie at the heart of the emerging personalized, precision medicine movement. This 2-day conference will discuss research, financial, and regulatory strategies to facilitate CDx development and integration. Presentations will analyze diverse therapeutic target areas beyond cancer such as inflammatory, infectious, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurodegenerative diseases; evaluate emerging applications of technologies such as epigenetics, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology; illustrate successes and failures via case studies; recognize regulatory hurdles; and formulate solutions to better improve public health with CDx and personalized medicine.

    Monday, May 5, 2014 | 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    HIV 2014: Science, Community and Policy for Key Vulnerable Populations

    Speakers: Fareed Abdullah (South African National AIDS Council, Pretoria, South Africa), Frederick Altice (Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA), Joe Amon (Human Rights Watch, New York, NY, USA), Chasity Andrews (Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, New York, NY, USA), Chris Beyrer (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, PA, USA), Frances Cowan (Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe), Anna-Louise Crago (University of Toronto, Canada), Steven Deeks (University of California - San Francisco, CA, USA), Jerome Kim (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Bethesda, MD, USA), Luiz Loures (UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland), Kristen Marks (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA), Daniel Raymond (Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY, USA), Pavlo Smyrnov (International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, Ukraine)

    The UNAIDS' vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination provides a clear path for HIV research and policy. This symposium convenes clinicians, scientists, activists and policy-makers with the shared goal of improving outcomes for HIV in key vulnerable populations.

    Friday, May 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The Biology of Aging: Novel Drug Targets for Neurodegenerative Disease

    Speakers: Carmela R. Abraham (Boston University School of Medicine), Eric H. Baehrecke (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Nir Barzilai (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Jerry R. Colca (Metabolic Solutions Development Company), Brendan D. Manning (Harvard School of Public Health), Beth Stevens (Harvard Medical School), D. Martin Watterson (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), Haung Yu (Columbia University), Jeffrey W. Kelly (The Scripps Research Institute), Richard I. Morimoto (Northwestern University)

    Age is the major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and key pathways in aging biology offer targets for novel drugs. Explore recent advances in the science of aging and innovative drug discovery for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

    Monday, May 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    What Can Robots and Economics Teach Us About Humanity?

    Keynote Speakers: Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich), Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich)

    While we may think of our intelligence and ability to make choices as properties of the human brain, insights from the fields of artificial intelligence and economics paint a more complicated picture. Join two experts in the field to learn more!

  • Past Events

    Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Mitochondria, Metabolism and Disease

    Speakers: Robert Balaban (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH), Robert Bao (Massachusetts General Hospital), Salvatore DiMauro (Columbia University Medical Center), Steven Gross (Weill Cornell Medical College), Costas A. Lyssiotis (Weill Cornell Medical College), Jared Rutter (University of Utah School of Medicine), Hazel H. Szeto (Weill Cornell Medical College), Benjamin P. Tu (UT Southwestern Medical Center)

    Damage to mitochondria, which are critical in metabolism, underlies a wide range of human diseases, making them an important therapeutic target. Researchers aim to characterize and cure diseases arising from aberrant mitochondrial metabolism.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Snownado: Surviving Frozen Science

    Speakers: Samuel Bowser (New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center), Julie Chase (The Explorers Club), Trevor Deighton, Linda Gormezano (American Museum of Natural History)

    Frigid, dark, and wet, the poles challenge life with some of the most formidable environments on the planet. Learn from intrepid explorers what drives them to undertake fieldwork in punishing conditions, and what happens when things go wrong.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Translational Neuroscience in Psychiatry: Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Speakers: Dan V. Iosifescu (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Daniel C. Javitt (Columbia University and Nathan Kline Institute), John H. Krystal (Yale University), Andrew F. Leuchter (University of California, Los Angeles), Gregory Light (University of California, San Diego), Siva Digavalli (Bristol-Myers Squibb), Eva Redei (Northwestern University), Steven J. Siegel (University of Pennsylvania)

    Recent breakthrough insights from clinical studies are illuminating the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. This symposium explores differences in sensory processing, imaging, and other biomarkers that may translate findings to animal models.

    Monday, April 7, 2014 | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Genome Integrity Discussion Group Meeting

    Speakers: Leemor Joshua-Tor (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), John Pascal (Thomas Jefferson University), Orlando Scharer (Stony Brook University), Shan Zha (Columbia 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.

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Fast-tracking Alzheimer's Research: Global Alzheimer's Platform Design Workshop

    Team Leaders: Paul Aisen (University of California, San Diego), Russell L. Barton (Eli Lilly and Company), Randall J. Bateman (Washington University), Howard Feldman (University of British Columbia, Canada), Michael T. Ropacki (Janssen Research & Development), Andrew Satlin (Eisai Inc.), Eric R. Siemers (Eli Lilly and Company), Reisa A. Sperling (Harvard Medical School), and Luc Truyen (Johnson & Johnson)

    The Global Alzheimer's Platform (GAP) aims to establish a drug discovery process to expedite AD research. This eBriefing documents a workshop convened to plan how to build the platform.

    Annals

    Technical Considerations for Maize Flour and Corn Meal Fortification in Public Health

    Edited by Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas (World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland), Maria Nieves Garcia-Casal (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Caracas, Venezuela), and Helena Pachón (Flour Fortification Initiative and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia)

    This Annals volume explores fortification of staple foods with micronutrients as a public health intervention, with a special focus on technical considerations for maize flour and corn meal.

    Volume 1312

    Free online access provide by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and the World Health Organization

    Annals

    The Year in Diabetes and Obesity

    Edited by Rexford S. Ahima (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Alvin C. Powers (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee)

    This Annals volume presents scholarly reviews by leading experts in diabetes and obesity research.

    eBriefing

    Nanomedicines: Addressing the Scientific and Regulatory Gap

    Organizers: Raj Bawa (Bawa Biotech LLC; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Scott E. McNeil (Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory – Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research), Stefan Mühlebach (Vifor Pharma Ltd.; University of Basel, Switzerland), Melanie Brickman Stynes (The New York Academy of Sciences), and Melinda Miller (The New York Academy of Sciences)
    Keynote Speaker: Sally Tinkle (Science and Technology Policy Institute, IDA)

    This eBriefing explores regulatory challenges in the nascent field of nanomedicines.

  • 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.