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The Interstellar Initiative:2017 Workshop 2

The Interstellar Initiative:
2017 Workshop 2

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By


The Interstellar Initiative ― presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development and the New York Academy of Sciences ― recognizes the world's most promising Early Career Investigators in the fields of cancer, regenerative medicine, and neuroscience. Individuals accepted into the Interstellar Initiative participated in a three-day workshop at the New York Academy of Sciences from March 17–19, 2017, where they were grouped within teams of two and three and asked to propose a solution to a major research question, guided by mentors who are at the peak of their respective disciplines.

The August workshop event is a two-day follow-up to this March event, designed to allow the teams to come together and further their proposals, and receive additional feedback from mentors. The ultimate goal is for these collaborative proposals to be prepared for submission to international funding agencies.

Important Links:


Funding Information

Mentor Feedback

ECI Presentation Instructions

For more information, please email


Nonmember Academia, Faculty, etc.
Nonmember Corporate, Other
Nonmember Not for Profit
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow

Presented by

The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development


August 01, 2017

Day 1

8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:15 AM

Opening Remarks


Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
Alison Carley, PhD
The New York Academy of Sciences
9:35 AM

Cross-Discipinary Networking Session

10:35 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:05 AM

Keynote Address - Cancer


Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
11:35 AM

Keynote Address - Regenerative Medicine


Mahendra S. Rao, PhD, MBBS
New York Stem Cell Foundation
12:05 PM

Keynote Address - Neuroscience


Takao Hensch, PhD
Harvard University
12:35 PM

Networking Luncheon

2:00 PM

Breakout Groups

Location: Cancer: Auditorium; Neuroscience: Board Room; Regenerative Medicine: Egg Room
4:00 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

4:30 PM

"Editor's Guide To Writing and Publishing Your Paper"


Orla Smith, PhD
Science Translational Medicine
5:15 PM

Day 1 - Closing Remarks

5:30 PM

Evening Welcome Cocktail and Hors D'oeuvres Networking Reception

7:00 PM

Day 1 Ends


August 02, 2017

Day 2

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Day 2 Welcome

9:10 AM

Human Frontier Science Program Video Presentation and Question and Answer


Barbara Pauly, PhD
Human Frontier Science Program
Geoffrey Richards, PhD
Human Frontier Science Program
10:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:30 AM

Early Career Investigator Presentations

12:50 PM

Networking Luncheon

2:00 PM

Next Steps Team Discussions

2:50 PM

Award Announcements

3:15 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

3:45 PM

Top Early Career Investigator Presentations

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM

Day 2 Ends