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  • Pancreatic Cancer and Key Vulnerabilities

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

    Keynote Speaker: Steven D. Leach (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Gregory Beatty (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine), Neesha Dhani (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto), Mikala Egeblad (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Douglas T. Fearon (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Costas A. Lyssiotis (Weill Cornell Medical College ), George Miller (NYU Langone Medical Center), Michael Ports (Gilead Sciences)

    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.

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    Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    From Bacterial Immunity to Genome Editing: The 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award Symposium

    Featuring Award Winners: Emmanuelle Charpentier (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research) and Jennifer Doudna (Howard Hughes Medical Institute/University of California, Berkeley)

    Honor Drs. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, recipients of the 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research.

    Monday, September 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Click Chemistry in Biology and Medicine: New Developments and Strategies

    Keynote Speakers: Jim Paulson (The Scripps Research Institute), K. Barry Sharpless (The Scripps Research Institute)
    Speakers: Yimon Aye (Cornell University), David A. Spiegel (Yale University), Mingxuan Wu (Princeton University), Peng Wu (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

    Click chemistry offers a reliable method for discovering chemical connectivity, with great potential in drug discovery and biomedical research. This symposium explores recent developments that offer new technologies for disease diagnosis and therapy.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    196th Annual Meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences

    Please join us for the Academy’s 196th Annual Members Meeting, followed by a Welcome Reception in honor of our new Members. Learn about how your Academy is evolving to meet the many challenges ahead, then meet and mingle with fellow Academy Members.

    Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    What Every International Student and Postdoc Should Know About US Employment

    Speaker: Dan Beaudry

    Interested in hearing how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside? Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com, shares the potent job search system used by many international students and postdocs to find U.S. employment.

    Monday, September 22, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Perspectives on Nation Unbound: The Transnational Migration in the Current Conjuncture

    Featuring: Nina Glick Schiller (University of Manchester, UK; Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany; COMPAS, Oxford University)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropology in the greater New York area.

    Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    But I Have No Skills: Debunking Myths and Exploring Career Options for PhDs (An MGSN Event)

    Speaker: Melanie Sinche (Harvard University)

    Have you ever wondered whether the skills you built during your graduate and postdoc training would be useful outside of the library or lab? Then join the Minority Graduate Student Network and Science Alliance at "But I have No Skills."

    Friday, September 26, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Early-Life Influences on Obesity: From Pre-Conception to Adolescence

    Speakers: Shari Barkin (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Mina Desai (University of California Los Angeles), Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bellow (New York University School of Medicine), Lawrence B. Finer (Guttmacher Institute), Stephen A. Krawetz (Wayne State University School of Medicine), Nancy F. Krebs (University of Colorado Denver), Julie A. Mennella (Monell Chemical Senses Center), Nico S. Rizzo (Loma Linda University), Linda M. Szymanski (Johns Hopkins Medicine), Mark Lawrence Wahlqvist (Zhejiang University), Jane Wardle (University College London), Rob A. Waterland (Baylor College of Medicine), Christiane Wrann (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

    This conference will present how maternal nutrition, the microbiome, metabolic disorders, and fetal development affect obesity rates.

    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: Bryan Roth (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine), Terry Kenakin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine), Marc G. Caron (Duke University Medical Center), Laura Bohn (The Scripps Research Institute), JoAnn Trejo (University of California-San Diego), Jonathan 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.

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

    Targeting Key Vulnerabilities in Pancreatic Cancer

    Keynote Speaker: Steven D. Leach (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Gregory Beatty (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine), Neesha Dhani (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto), Mikala Egeblad (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Douglas T. Fearon (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Costas A. Lyssiotis (Weill Cornell Medical College ), George Miller (NYU Langone Medical Center), Michael Ports (Gilead Sciences)

    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.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Grantsmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs

    Speaker: Jaime S. Rubin

    The ability to write research grants is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdocs should be practicing grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career opportunities.

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

    New Frontiers in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

    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.

    October 21 - December 13, 2014

    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.

    Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Conflict Resolution Skills:
    In and Out of the Lab

    Instructors: Jane Bliss Birk, Matthias Birk

    In this weekend workshop you will learn critical skills and tools to cultivate more fulfilling and productive working relationships.

    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, San Francisco, CA), Milan Fiala (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA), Gabrielle Fredman (Columbia University, New York, NY), Bruce Levy (Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA), Dipak Panigrahy (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA), Mauro Perretti (William Harvey Research Institute, London, UK), Charles N. Serhan (Harvard University, New York, NY), Patricia J. Sime (University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY), Rudy Tanzi (Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA)

    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: Erik W.G.M. Boddeke (University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands), Oleg Butovsky (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), Philip L. De Jager (Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA), Joseph El Khoury (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA), Miriam Merad (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York, NY), Michael C. Oldham (University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA), Bin Zhang (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York, NY)

    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 | 8:00 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), 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.

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Policies that Influence Gender Balance in STEM

    Barbara Elsden, Vice President of Human Resources, Pfizer), Kelly Mack (AAC&U), Sandra Kazahn Masur (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

    Join the New York Chapter of AWiS and Science Alliance as we discuss the policy initiatives that have been put in place to provide support for gender balance in STEM fields.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Risky Business – A Pharmaceutical Industry Strategy Workshop

    Moderators: Florian Jehle (Catenion), Jan-Philipp Kruse (Catenion)

    This course gives professionals from inside and outside the pharmaceutical industry—including students and postdocs—a much better understanding of how the R&D and business development and licensing processes operate.

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Diabetic Kidney Disease: Drug Discovery and Clinical Development Challenges

    Speakers: Matthew D. Breyer (Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, IN), Frank C. Brosius (University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI), Benjamin D. Humphreys (Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Boston, MA), Matthias Meier (F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd, Basel, Switzerland), Shahnaz Shahinfar (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA), Katalin Susztak (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA), Aliza Thompson (US Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring)

    Identifying and prosecuting drug targets is challenging due to a poor understanding of pathogenesis and few biomarkers. This symposium identifies targets for preventive or therapeutic interventions and discusses challenges in clinical development.