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Events in March 2015

  • March 3, 2015

    arrow-rightAffymetrix and Illumina Microarray Data Analysis Using R/Bioconductor

    Location: room L2-025, Countway Library, HMS

    Affymetrix and Illumina Microarray Data Analysis Using R/Bioconductor  
    March 3, 2015

    The course is a general introduction to microarrays and the use of R/bioconductor to carry out microarray data analysis, including hands-on exercise on how to install R and bioconductor GUI packages. Only basic R coding will be introduced since all the analysis are performed using OneChannelGUI, a graphical interface to bioconductor tools, designed for life scientists who are not familiar with R language. Students will learn how to carry out quality control, normalization, filtering, statistical analysis, and differential expression. March 3, 10:00am, room L2-025, Countway Library, HMS. Registration is required.

  • March 3, 2015

    arrow-rightCausal Mediation Analysis

    Time: 08:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Minot Room, Coutway Library, HMS

    Causal Mediation Analysis – March 3, 2015

    Tyler VanderWeele, PhD, will discuss some of the recent developments in causal mediation analysis and provide practical tools to implement these techniques. Mediation analysis concerns assessing the mechanisms and pathways by which causal effects operate. March 3, 8:30am-4:30pm, Minot Room, Coutway Library, HMS. Find more information on the website. Registration is required.

  • March 4, 2015

    arrow-rightBioethics Grand Rounds with Atul Gawande

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH

    Bioethics Grand Rounds with Atul Gawande
    March 4, 2015

    Systemness: Is our goal really uniformly high quality care? Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, general and endocrine surgeon at BWH, professor at HSPH, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at HMS, and director at Ariadne Labs: a joint center for health system innovation, will present at the Bioethics Grand Rounds hosted by the BWH Department of Medicine and Program in Bioethics on March 4, 12:00-1:00pm, Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH. Please RSVP and contact Ramya Sampath with any questions.

  • March 5, 2015

    arrow-rightLeadership in American Surgery: An African-American Perspective

    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Location: Minot Room, Countway Library of Medicine, HMS

    Leadership in American Surgery: An African-American Perspective  
    March 5, 2015

    Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, vice president and surgeon-in-chief, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, professor of surgery and vice dean for medical education, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, will speak at the next 2014-2015 Alvin F. Poussaint, MD Visiting Lecture on March 5, 3:00-4:00pm, Minot Room, Countway Library of Medicine, HMS. Please RSVP by March 2. For questions and parking reservations, email Terésa Carter.

  • March 5, 2015

    arrow-rightWalk Away from Cancer? Evaluating the Evidence Linking Physical Activity & Malignancy

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Shapiro Breakout Room, first floor, BWH

    Walk Away from Cancer? Evaluating the Evidence Linking Physical Activity & Malignancy
    March 5, 2015

    Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and a senior physician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will discuss the relationship between energy balance—diet and exercise—and breast cancer prognosis at the next Integrative Medicine Research Seminar. March 5, 4:00-5:00pm, Shapiro Breakout Room, first floor, BWH.

  • March 10, 2015

    arrow-rightBoston Single-Cell Network

    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Location: Minot room, Countway Library, HMS

    Boston Single-Cell Network meeting is on March 10, 4:30-6.00PM Minot room on the 5th Floor of Countway Library, Longwood Medical Area, at 10 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115.

     

    Agenda:

     

    Paul Blainey PhD (Core Member Broad Institute; Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT) and Liyi (Lily) Xu (Graduate Student, Blainey lab): "Toward single-cell population genomics."

     

    Abstract:

     

    The incredible biological resolution of single-cell sequencing has been clearly demonstrated in recent studies.  By contrast, the accuracy and throughput of single-cell sequencing require improvement to meet the needs of many applications. Examples include analysis of rare cells in mixed populations and highly accurate determination of genotypes at the single-cell level.  We will present a new approach for high-throughput whole-genome amplification of single cells and an engineered microfluidic system for sequencing library construction that exhibits performance and throughput advantages for single cell and standard sample types.  

     

    Faculty organizers:  Peter Kharchenko and Lev Silberstein.

     

    Food and beverage will be provided at the meeting.

     

    http://hsci.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming/event-type/boston-single-cell-network-meeting

     

  • March 13, 2015

    arrow-rightNavigating an Academic Career

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Shapiro Board Room, BWH

    Navigating an Academic Career

    The Career Building in a Research Hospital series provides a platform for members of the BWH research community, including but not limited to junior and mid-career level scientists and physician researchers, to interact with a featured senior faculty member from BWH or the extended Boston medical community. Anne Klibanski, MD, Chief Academic Officer, Partners HealthCare, will be the speaker on March 13, 12:00-1:00pm, Shapiro Board Room, BWH. Registration is required.

  • March 16, 2015

    arrow-rightPartners Innovation Meet and Greet

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Carrie Hall Conference Room, BWH

    Partners Innovation Meet and Greet

    The Research Connection Live Lunches focus on announcements, resources, and information relevant to the research community. Lunches are open to all and an excellent resource – these are intended to be the forum for PIs to find the answers to many of their questions. March 16, 12:00-1:00pm, Carrie Hall Conference Room, BWH. Register online to attend. 

  • March 16, 2015

    arrow-rightEngaging Communities with Research: From Discovery to Dissemination

    Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Location: Murray Room, Yawkey Center, Boston College

    Engaging Communities with Research: From Discovery to Dissemination
    March 16, 2015

    Community-based research engages individuals and institutions in local communities during every phase of research. A researcher who knows a community firsthand can lead from within—gathering information, establishing priorities, and taking actions that reflect and respond to a community’s particular concerns. Bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will talk about her experience, leadership, and demonstrable success using this approach at the Boston College Pinnacle Lecture Series on March 16, 5:00pm, Murray Room, Yawkey Center, Boston College. RSVP is required for the event.

  • March 17, 2015

    arrow-rightAnalyzing Next Generation Sequencing Data: Standard Data Processing and Workflow Analysis

    Location: room L2-025, Countway Library, HMS

    Analyzing Next Generation Sequencing Data: Standard Data Processing and Workflow Analysis – March 17, 2015

    The NGS technologies have the potential to dramatically accelerate biomedical research by enabling comprehensive analysis of genomes and transcriptomes to become inexpensive, routine, and widespread tools. This workshop will focus on methods for base-calling and variant-calling, for aligning reads to reference sequences (e.g. genomes), and for de novo assembly of short reads into longer sequences. The following tools will be covered on Orchestra, a shared research cluster; quality reports of FASTQ files, trimming and filtering of reads, alignment and coverage objects such as SAM/BAM files using bowtie/bwa, calling SNPs with Samtools, and De novo assembly using Velvet. March 17, 10:00am, room L2-025, Countway Library, HMS. Registration is required.

  • March 18, 2015

    arrow-rightFamilies Matter: Ethically, Legally, and Clinically - March 18-March 20, 2015

    Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS

    Families Matter: Ethically, Legally, and Clinically
    March 18-March 20, 2015
     

    This multidisciplinary program has been developed to inform and deliberate with ethicists, healthcare providers, attorneys, and the public about changes in conceptions of the family, and medical technologies and practices that challenge moral conventions and contemporary law. Faculty experts and participants will engage in discussion on a range of ethical and legal issues that arise from new ways of creating and understanding families. It will also address healthcare for expectant parents, growing fetuses, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. March 18-20, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS. Registration is required and free. 

  • March 18, 2015

    arrow-rightBiomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Shapiro Board Room, BWH

    Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease 

    The BWH Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) Neurosciences Research Center Neuroimaging Salon Series serves as an interactive forum on imaging resources that are available at BWH for exploring brain function and dysfunction. Gad Marshall, MD, associate medical director of clinical trials at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, and assistant professor of neurology at BWH will speak on March 18, 12:00-1:00pm, Shapiro Board Room, BWH. Register online.

  • March 18, 2015

    arrow-right22nd Annual John F. Enders Lecture

    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Location: Folkman Auditorium, BCH

    22nd Annual John F. Enders Lecture
    March 18, 2015

    The Research Faculty Council Education Committee invites you to attend the 22nd annual John F. Enders Lecture, honoring Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and professor of biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center, on March 18, 12:00pm in the Folkman Auditorium, BCH. In addition to winning the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, he is best known for his studies of G protein-coupled receptors, a field which he has pioneered for 45 years. Contact resadmin@childrens.harvard.edu with any questions.

  • March 18, 2015

    arrow-rightThe Past & Future of Genomic Medicine – Question & Answer Discussion

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Bornstein Amphitheater, BWH

    The Past & Future of Genomic Medicine – Question & Answer Discussion

    The BWH Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) Translational Genomics Seminar Series fosters education and scientific collaboration by bringing together a community of researchers and clinicians interested in translational genomics. Eric S. Lander, PhD, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, will speak on March 18, 4:00-5:00pm, Bornstein Amphitheater, BWH. Please register online

  • March 19, 2015

    arrow-rightCatch-and-Release: Best Practice NGS-Grade Sample Preparation

    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location: CLS, Seminar room 421

    Catch-and-Release: Best Practice NGS-Grade Sample Preparation


    Molecular Medicine Core Seminar Series

    Speaker: Hamid Khoja, PhD

    FFPE Nucleic Acid Extraction and Chromatin Fragmentation for ChIP using Covaris Adaptive Focused Acoustics® (AFA™)

    Thursday March 19th, 2015
    11:00am - 12:15pm
    CLS, Seminar room 421

    Sponsor and Contact: Victoria Petkova, PhD (vpetkova@bidmc.harvard.edu) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School

    Molecular Medicine Core at BIDMC

  • March 19, 2015

    arrow-rightThe Commercialization Apprenticeship Panel II - Forming Cross-Disciplinary Teams

    Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Location: Photonics Colloquium Room, ninth floor, Boston University Photonics Center

    The Commercialization Apprenticeship Panel II - Forming Cross-Disciplinary Teams  
    March 19, 2015

    The B-BIC Skills Development Center (SDC) is hosting the second installment of its panel series on commercialization. Elliott Antman, MD, director of the SDC, will be leading the event as host and panel moderator. The evening features opening remarks by Jeff Karp, PhD, followed by a discussion that includes the perspectives of a newly formed team (lead by George Cheng, MD, PhD) and is rounded out by the voice of an experienced and highly successful innovator, Pamela Silver, PhD. Please join the conversation on March 19, 4:30-7:00pm, Photonics Colloquium Room, ninth floor, Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston. Online registration is required. Contact David Opp with questions.

  • March 23, 2015

    arrow-rightReSourcing Big Data: Symposium

    Time: 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS

    You are cordially invited to attend ReSourcing Big Data: A Symposium & Collaboration Opportunity on March 23 & 24, 2015. Please register by March 18 

    March 23: Symposium

    9:00am-5:00pm
    Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
    Harvard Medical School

    Register by March 18.
     
    Extant data is an inexhaustible resource that is not yet very well understood and is underutilized. The focus of this symposium is to explore this area from various perspectives – privacy and security, policy, open clinical trial data, systems and disease-oriented synthetic efforts and individually-provided, aggregated crowd-sourced data. The goal is to engage our biomedical and public health research community in a more nuanced appreciation of these and similar issues.
     
    Topics include: data aggregation, access, annotation, refocusing on novel or unanticipated questions, and recombination with diverse demographic/epidemiologic data. 
     
    Confirmed Speakers
     

    Toward Precision Medicine: Building a Patient-centric Information Commons on Common and Rare Diseases with i2b2/tranSMART
    Paul Avillach, MD, PhD
    Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital

    Alternate Approaches to Explore Multi-Dimensional Clinical Spaces
    Stephen Friend, MD, PhD
    Sage Bionetworks

    Global Collaborations and Large Data Sets Pull Psychiatry into Modernity
    Steven E. Hyman, MD
    Harvard University and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

    Discovery of a Common Pre-Malignant State of the Blood from Mining Large Exome Sequence Data Sets and Electronic Medical Records
    Steven McCarroll, PhD
    Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

    Bedside to Bench: From My Data to Our Data to Big Data
    Sally Okun, RN, MMHS
    PatientsLikeMe

    Research Data Transparency: Fostering the Use of Clinical Trial Data with Open Collaborations
    Marsha A. Wilcox, EdD, ScD
    Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D


    Complete information, including speakers and registration, can be found on the website.

    Even if you cannot attend the Symposium, you are still invited to participate in a working session on March 24.

  • March 24, 2015

    arrow-rightReSourcing Big Data: Working Sessions

    Time: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Location: Countway Library, HMS

    You are cordially invited to attend ReSourcing Big Data: A Symposium & Collaboration Opportunity on March 23 & 24, 2015. Please register by March 18.

     

    March 24: Working Sessions

    9:00-11:00am
    Countway Library
    Harvard Medical School

    Register by March 18.
     
    Four concurrent half-day, topic specific breakout/working sessions will be held for those interested in learning about these specific data sets and discussing potential collaborative efforts regarding these data sets. Harvard Catalyst intends to use the outcomes of these discussions to structure funding opportunities centered on collaborative new uses of these big data.

     
    Working Sessions include:

    Session 1: The Human Oral Microbiome: Database, Sequencing, and Analysis Tools
    Floyd E. Dewhirst, PhD, DDS
    The Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

    Session 2: The National Sleep Research Resource: An NHLBI Physiological Signal and Data Repository
    Susan Redline, MD, MPH
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Session 3: The OPTICS Project: Open Translational Science in Schizophrenia, Using Clinical Trial and NIH Data Together
    Marsha A. Wilcox, EdD, ScD
    Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D

    Michelle Williams, ScD, SM, MS
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Session 4: Alternate Approaches to Explore Multi-Dimensional Clinical Spaces
    Stephen Friend, MD, PhD
    Sage Bionetworks
     
    Even if you cannot attend the Symposium, you are still invited to participate in a working session.
     
    Please Note: Seating at the individual breakout/working sessions is limited and we may not be able to accommodate every registrant. We will let you know within a week of registering if you’ve been accepted into your desired working session

  • March 25, 2015

    arrow-rightSymposium: Microbial Pathogenesis at Mucosal Surfaces

    Location: Folkman Auditorium, Enders Research Building, BCH

    Symposium: Microbial Pathogenesis at Mucosal Surfaces – March 25, 2015

    Register by March 20, 2015

    The Harvard Digestive Diseases Center invites the Harvard community to attend their annual spring symposium, focusing on topics related to “Microbial Pathogenesis at Mucosal Surfaces” on March 24, 9:00am, in the Folkman Auditorium, Enders Research Building, BCH. For more information please visit the HDDC website, and register by March 20. 

  • March 27, 2015

    arrow-rightWyss Annual Diabetes Symposium: Lower Extremity: Innovations and Discovery

    Time: 08:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Rotunda Room, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS

    Wyss Annual Diabetes Symposium: Lower Extremity: Innovations and Discovery
    March 27, 2015

    This inaugural one-day symposium will promote better understanding of the unmet management needs of Diabetic Lower Extremity (DLE) complications and the new therapeutic approaches that are currently under development. The main objectives are to provide an overview of current and unmet management of DLE complications caused by reduced blood supply and/or neuropathic damage, discuss new developments in basic, translational, and biomaterial research that impacts DLE management, explore new therapeutic approaches, from early pre-clinical to late clinical stage of development through presentations from leaders in academia and in the biotechnology industry, and identify possible areas of collaboration between academia and industry. March 27, 8:30am-5:00pm, Rotunda Room, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS. Registration is required.