Events in April 2013

  • April 2, 2013

    arrow-rightCancer disparities research symposium

    Time: 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Location: Dana Farber Cancer Research Center, Dana 1620

    In recognition of National Minority Cancer Awareness, this symposium will feature a keynote address by Lovell Jones, PhD, Director of the Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Director, Reproductive Biology Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston. A light breakfast will be served.

    April 2, 2013, 9:00-10:00am

    Dana Farber Cancer Research Center, Dana 1620

    Please register for this event. For more information, please contact Laura Waldman.

  • April 2, 2013

    arrow-rightPsychiatric Genetics & Translational Research Seminar

    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Location: 185 Cambridge St., Boston -- 2nd floor Garrod and Mendel conference room

    The Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital hosts Dr. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., Director, Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School, who will be presenting “Externalizing Behavior as a Learning Disability? What Makes Challenging Kids Challenging and How to Help” 

    When: April 2, 2013 at 10:00am

    Where: 185 Cambridge St., Boston in the 2nd floor Garrod and Mendel conference room.

     

    This seminar is approved for CME credit. For more information, please visit: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/research/pngu_pgtrs.aspx

     

  • April 4, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Are you writing a K? Get practical advice.

    Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Location: HMS Joseph B. Martin Conference Center -- Amphitheater 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur

    Are you writing a K?  Get practical advice.

    Featuring Special Guest: 

    Robin Huebner, PhD, MPH  
    NIAID Program Officer  

    Thursday, April 4th, 2013 

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    *Join for lunch at 12:15 PM*

     

    Harvard Medical School 

    Joseph B. Martin Conference Center -- Amphitheater

    77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
    Boston, MA

     

    Complete information on this event can be found here: http://cfar.globalhealth.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k58622&pageid=icb.page575652

  • April 4, 2013

    arrow-rightBioethics Research in Progress: The Ethics of IRB Risk-Benefit Analysis

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Location: Harvard Medical School Countway Library – Minot Room – 5th floor 10 Shattuck Street, Boston

    The Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Bioethics and the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics is pleased to invite you to attend:

     

    Bioethics Research in Progress:  The Ethics of IRB Risk-Benefit Analysis

    Michelle N. Meyer, JD, PhD

    Academic Fellow

    Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

    Harvard Law School

     

    When: April 4, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM

     

    Where: Harvard Medical School

    Countway Library – Minot Room – 5th floor

    10 Shattuck Street, Boston

     

    Lunch will be available to those who RSVP. Click here to RSVP

     

  • April 4, 2013

    arrow-right2013 Broad Distinguished Lecturer in Computational Biology: Dr. Daphne Koller

    Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Broad Institute 7 Cambridge Center Auditorium (NE30-1154)

    2013 Broad Distinguished Lecturer in Computational Biology: Dr. Daphne Koller

     

    Combining genomics with structured probabilistic models to unravel the genetics of complex traits

    Daphne Koller, Ph.D.
    Rajeev Matwani Professor in the Computer Science Department, Stanford Univeristy

    Recent technological advances have allowed us to collect genomic data on an unprecedented scale, with the promise of revealing genetic variants, genes, and pathways disrupted in clinically relevant human phenotypes.  However, identifying functional variants and ultimately unraveling the genetics of complex traits from such data have presented significant challenges.  With millions of genetic factors to consider, spurious associations and lack of statistical power are major hurdles.  Further, we cannot easily assess the functional role of trait-associated variants, particularly for those that lie outside of protein-coding regions of the genome.

    In this talk, I will present two complementary approaches that offer improvements in the analysis of genetic variation in complex traits. First, I will discuss the direct identification of functional variants on a large scale through the use of gene expression as a high-resolution cellular phenotype.  We have sequenced RNA from 922 genotyped individuals to provide a direct window into the distribution, properties, and consequences of thousands of regulatory variants affecting diverse gene expression traits including splicing and allelic expression.  Second, I will discuss the use of structured probabilistic models to integrate diverse sources of data, including genomic annotations and gene network information, into models of genetic variation in both transcriptional and higher-level disease traits. By considering the biological and cellular processes underlying the genetics of complex traits, these models significantly improve our power to identify the full range of relevant variants and their interactions, especially those with smaller effect sizes. Together, these two approaches offer the potential to greatly improve our understanding of human genetic variation and its role in disease risk.

    April 4, 2013
    3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Broad Institute
    7 Cambridge Center Auditorium (NE30-1154)

    Organized by Jill Mesirov, Ph.D.

  • April 4, 2013

    arrow-rightLecture: The Future of Bioethics

    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Tosteson Medical Education Center Carl W. Walter Amphitheater 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston

    Please join the Division of Medical Ethics for:

    The 2013 George W. Gay Lecture in Medical Ethics

    Dan W. Brock, PhD
    Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS

     

    “The Future of Bioethics”
    Thursday, April 4, 2013
    4:00 PM

    Harvard Medical School

    Tosteson Medical Education Center

    Carl W. Walter Amphitheater
    260 Longwood Avenue, Boston

    Please pass this invitation along to other interested friends and colleagues.
    RSVP to DME@hms.harvard.edu.

     

    The George W. Gay Lecture is the oldest endowed lectureship at Harvard Medical School, and quite possibly the oldest medical ethics lectureship in the United States. The lectureship was established in 1917 by a $1,000 gift from Dr. George Washington Gay, an 1868 graduate of HMS. Since its inception, many of the nation's most influential physicians, scientists, researchers and social observers, including Erich Fromm, Felix Frankfurter, Margaret Mead, Elizabeth Kübler Ross, E.O. Wilson, and Joshua Lederberg have given the Gay Lecture. Elie Wiesel, Marian Wright Edelman, Paul Krugman, Nicholas Kristof and Donald Berwick have given recent Gay Lectures.

     

  • April 4, 2013

    arrow-rightSemianr: The Role of Physical Activity in Preventing Chronic Disease and Enhancing Longevity

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: BWH ShaBWH: Shapiro Breakout Room - Shapiro Building, 1st Floor

    The Role of Physical Activity in Preventing Chronic Disease and Enhancing Longevity

    Presentation by Dr. I-Min Lee, PhD

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    4:00-5:00pm

    Location: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

                   70 Francis Street

                   Boston, MA 02115

                   Shapiro Breakout Room

                   Shapiro Building, 1st Floor

    http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Research/Osher/UpcomingEvents.aspx?sub=0

     

     

  • April 4, 2013

    arrow-rightSteps from A Startup Idea to Launching A Science Company

    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: Harvard Innovation Lab 125 Western Avenue Boston, MA 02163

    Steps from A Startup Idea to Launching A Science Co

    As the result of continued collaboration between Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Harvard Innovation Lab, this is the fourth workshop in the HSCI-iLab Series on Life Sciences Business Building.

    In this workshop, Dr. Rossi will use his own experience with Moderna Therapeutics as a case example, to discuss how to evaluate a startup idea, create a spinout, and how to organize activities within and outside the lab in order to optimize the likelihood of successfully launching the startup.  

    Harvard innovation lab
    April 4, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
    Boston, MA

    The Harvard University Center for AIDS Research and Fenway Health present a special symposium on New Advances in Antiretrovirals for HIV Prevention. Dr. Myron Cohen, University of North Carolina will present, along with others from Harvard University CFAR investigators. Please see the website for more information and to register.

    When: Monday, April 8, 2013, 2:30pm - 8:00pm
     
    Where: Fenway Health
    1340 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA
     
    Reception following program from 6:00-8:00pm

  • April 9, 2013

    arrow-rightBWH Innovation Grand Rounds: “Novel Translatable Technologies & Healthcare Innovation”

    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Shapiro Breakout Room.

    BWH Innovation Grand Rounds: Novel Translatable Technologies & Healthcare Innovation”

    This session features speakers Utkan Demirci, PhD; Mehmet Dokmeci, PhD.; Dr. Adam Landman, MD; Bohdan Pomahac, MD; Jonathan Thon, PhD.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    4:00-6:00pm
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Shapiro Breakout Room


    More information is available online, and registration is required. Please contact bwhbri@partners.org with any questions.

    http://www.brighamandwomens.org/research/centers/innovation/grand_rounds.aspx?sub=0

  • April 10, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Octacalcium phosphate: from materials chemistry to biomaterial application

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Room A, 245 First St., 17th floor, Cambridge, 02142:

    Osamu Suzuki, Ph.D.

    Division of Craniofacial Function Engineering

    Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry

    Japan

     

     

    Summary:  Octacalcium phosphate (OCP) is a salt which is a proposed precursor in apatite crystal formation in bone and tooth [1,2]. We have found that synthetic OCP exhibits highly osteoconductive and biodegradable properties in vivo during the progressive conversion from OCP to hydroxyapatite (HA) [3,4]. OCP enhances in vitro osteoblastic differentiation [5] and osteoclast formation [6] from their precursor cells with increasing the expression of their specific genes. Partially hydrolyzed OCP enhances bone regeneration than that by the original OCP or more hydrolyzed apatitic crystals in rat tibia bone defect [7]. These results suggest that the process of OCP-apatite conversion in the early stage may be involved in this stimulatory capacity of OCP. Proteome analysis of the adsorbed proteins onto OCP and HA from rat serum revealed that OCP has a similar property but distinct capacity with HA in accumulating bone formation-related proteins [8]. OCP-based materials, such as an OCP co-precipitated gelatin composite, we developed, display a bone regenerative property approaching to that by autogenous bone graft in rat calvaria defect [9] or in rabbit tibia bone defect [10,11]. In this seminar, I would like to present the characteristics of OCP and OCP-based materials regarding the cellular responses and the bone regeneration associated with the materials chemistry.

     

    Educational Objectives

    (1) To understand in vitro cellular reaction to bone substitute materials, especially to octacalcium phosphate (OCP).

    (2) To understand in vivo tissue reaction  to bone substitute materials, especially to OCP, from the view point of biomaterial application.

    (3) To understand the biological reaction to bone substitutes in relation to the materials chemistry

     

     

    The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Room A, 245 First St., 17th floor, Cambridge, 02142:

     

    April 10, 2013

    12:00 Noon

     

    For more information: Pam Quattrocchi - 617-892-8604

  • April 10, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Comparative safety and effectiveness monitoring of newly marketed new drugs

    Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Location: HSPH, FXB G12

    Seminar:  Comparative safety and effectiveness monitoring of newly marketed new drugs

    Speaker:  Joshua Gagne, PharmD, ScD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School;

    Pharmacoepidemiologist, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics,

    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:30-5:00pm

    Reception 5:00-5:30pm

    Location: HSPH, FXB G12

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  • April 10, 2013

    arrow-rightPinnacle Lecture Series: Family Journey, Recovery, and Resilience: A Caregiver’s Perspective

    Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Location: Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room

    Boston College
    William F. Connell School of Nursing

    Pinnacle Lecture Series

     

    Family Journey, Recovery, and Resilience: A Caregiver’s Perspective

    Lee Woodruff
    Best-selling author, CBS This Morning show contributor, and Bob Woodruff Foundation cofounder

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    5:00 p.m.
    Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room

    Lee Woodruff, coauthor with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, a New York Timesbest seller about their family’s experience after he was critically injured in Iraq, will discuss how caregivers cope during a crisis. Drawing on her earlier experience as a public relations professional, Woodruff will also talk about how nurses can turn complex nursing practice and scholarly research into stories that will attract the interest of mainstream media.

    An advocate for veterans, survivors of traumatic brain injuries, and their caregivers, Woodruff cofounded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (ReMIND.org), which assists wounded service members and their families. She is also the author of a collection of essays, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, and a novel, Those We Love Most, as well as a contributing reporter to CBS This Morning.

    A reception will follow the presentation.

    Read more and RSVP at www.bc.edu/pinnacle.

    1.2 contact hours will be awarded.

    The contact hours may be used for RN license renewal for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) and in other states where it is accepted.

  • April 11, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Tai Chi for Health: Current State of the Research and Challenges Ahead

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: BWH ShaBWH: Shapiro Board Room - Shapiro Building 1st Floor

    A special presentation in recognition of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

    Tai Chi for Health: Current State of the Research and Challenges Ahead

    Presentation by Drs. Peter Wayne, Gloria Yeh and Helene Langevin

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    4:00-5:00pm

    Location: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

                   70 Francis Street

                   Boston, MA 02115

                   Shapiro Board Room

                   Shapiro Building, 1st Floor

    http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Research/Osher/UpcomingEvents.aspx?sub=0

     

  • April 12, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Trials and Tribulations: the Joys and Challenges of Clinical Trial Research

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Shapiro Board Room

    The Career Building at a Research Hospital series provides a platform for junior and mid-career level scientists and physician researchers at the Brigham to interact with a featured senior faculty member from the Brigham or the extended Boston medical community. JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School  will be the featured speaker on April 12, 12:00-1:00pm in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Shapiro Board Room. Please register online for this event; priority will be given to BWH affiliates.

     Trials and Tribulations: the Joys and Challenges of Clinical Trial Research

    The Career Building at a Research Hospital series provides a platform for junior and mid-career level scientists and physician researchers at the Brigham to interact with a featured senior faculty member from the Brigham or the extended Boston medical community. JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School  will be the featured speaker on April 12, 12:00-1:00pm in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Shapiro Board Room. Please register online for this event; priority will be given to BWH affiliates.

    http://www.brighamandwomens.org/View/EventDetails.aspx?eventID=56675

    Gene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series

    Join the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities for a year-long workshop series addressing conceptual, methodological, and measurement issues key to conducting innovative research to understand the complex role of social, environmental, behavioral, and genetic factors in the etiology of health disparities.

    Metabolomics, Gene-Environment Interactions, and Disparities in Diabetes
    Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and Co-Director, Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention, HSPH; Professor of Medicine, HMS and BWH; Director, Harvard Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center; Director, Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center Epidemiology and Genetics Core

    When: April 12, 2013, 3:00-4:30pm – networking reception to follow

    Where: 5th Floor Countway Library (10 Shattuck St., Boston)

    Pre-Registration Required: http://tinyurl.com/GeneEnvironmentSeries

     

  • April 16, 2013

    arrow-rightLecture: Conflict Negotiation Skills & Strategies

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Kirstein Living Room, Kirstein 1st Floor Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 330 Brookline Ave

    Lecture: Conflict Negotiation Skills & Strategies

     

    This lecture will provide you with tips and tricks that will help improve your conflict negotiation skills. It will be taught by Melissa Brodrick, HMS Ombudsperson.

    Sponsored by the Office of Academic Careers and Faculty Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

     

    When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

    Where: Kirstein Living Room, Kirstein 1st Floor

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 330 Brookline Avenue - Boston, MA  02215

     

    Presenter: Melissa Brodrick, HMS Ombudsperson

     

    If you have questions, or would like to register, please contact Amber Lovendale at alovenda@bidmc.harvard.edu

  • April 16, 2013

    arrow-rightCambridge Science Festival: Science of the Brain

    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: BWH Shapiro Breakout Room.

    Join top researchers from BWH as they discuss how the brain functions, including the use of NASA developed software to treat depression and the brain’s role in weight gain. Speakers include Jim Cartreine, PhD; Laura Holsen, PhD; Page Pennell, MD; Martin Samuels, MD; David Silbersweig, MD; Emily Stern, MD; and Howard Weiner, MD. April 16, 6:00-8:00pm in the Shapiro Breakout Room. Visit the website for a complete agenda and to register.

    Will Equity Be Achieved Through Health Care Reform?

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes seminar series, sponsored by the BWH BRI Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research Center (PCERC), will bring together patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness researchers (CER) to discuss research findings, methods, and policy related to CER and PCOR. John Ayanian, MD, MPP, professor of medicine and health care policy, Harvard Medical School, and professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health, will be the featured speaker on April 23, 4:00-5:30pm, in the Shapiro Breakout room at BWH. For more details and registration, visit the website. 

     

  • April 24, 2013

    arrow-rightBioethics Research in Progress - Research with Human Subjects with Cognitive Impairment:

    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Location: HMS Countway Library – Ballard Room

    The Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Bioethics and the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics  is pleased to invite you to attend:

     

    Bioethics Research in Progress

     

    Research with Human Subjects with Cognitive Impairment: A Disability Rights Critique

     

    Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD

    Visiting Research Fellow, Columbia University Law School

    Research Fellow in Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School

     

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    12:30-2:00 PM

    Harvard Medical School

    Countway Library – Ballard Room – 5th floor

    25 Shattuck Street, Boston

     

    Lunch will be available to those who RSVP

    Please RSVP to Pamela Galowitz at: pgalowitz@partners.org

     

     

    (Map of HMS:  http://www.hms.harvard.edu/about/maps/quadmap.html)

     

    The Bioethics Research in Progress series provides a forum for faculty, fellows, and students interested in bioethics to present ongoing research and receive constructive feedback. If you are interested in presenting your research in the future please email Lisa Lehmann: llehmann1@partners.org

     

  • April 24, 2013

    arrow-rightCytoo’s 2D+ Cell Culture Technology to enable Physiologically Relevant Assays for Drug Screening

    Time: 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Location: 65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    PRODUCT SEMINAR: 2D+

     April 24, 2013

    “Cytoo’s 2D+ Cell Culture Technology to enable Physiologically Relevant Assays for Drug Screening”

    Laboratory of Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration

    65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

     

    RSVP by email to: cloiraud@cytoo.com

     

    3:30pm Dr. Marcie Glicksman (Co-Director, Lab Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration)

    ‘Introduction to the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center’s Drug Discovery program’

    3:45pm Dr. Lisa Minor (Application Development Leader, PharmaNest)

    ‘Emerging Tools for more Physiologically Relevant Assays?’

    4:45pm Dr. Sebastien Degot , (Head of R&D projects, Cytoo)

    ‘Product Overview and Case Study on Mitochondrial Phenotype Enhancement’

    5:30pm Dr. Justin Boyd (Leads Scientist, Lab Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration)

    ‘The Application of Physiologically Relevant Assays to Drug Discovery’

    6:00pm “Wine and Cheese” reception

     

    This Product Seminar will introduce 2D+, a tool that provides cultured cells with structural guidance. The guidance can be for individual cells or for groups of cells. Guidance can improve experimental reproducibility and sensitivity, and provides a means to study the relationship between structure and function in complex biological events. 2D+ enables cells to adapt to their boundary conditions and therefore retain their ability to behave as mechano-sensing systems in a more physiological relevant environment.

  • April 24, 2013

    arrow-rightMBB 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series - Uta Frith

    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Science Center Hall D

    MBB 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series  

    Uta Frith - Autism: The First Fifty Years
    Wednesday, April 24th, 5:15 p.m., Science Center Hall D
    The history of experimental research into autism started with the cognitive revolution in psychology. It goes back hardly more than 50 years. Since that time autism researchers have applied paradigms developed in experimental psychology and neuropsychology, and later cognitive neuroscience. An enduring question has been whether basic input or output levels of information processing, or central abstract levels provide explanations for the core signs and symptoms of autism. Although this question is still unresolved, it is clear that theories that attempt to prize open central cognitive processes can explain some of the most puzzling features of autism. Looking at the bigger picture, two theories have made links between brain and behaviour and point to two separate cognitive phenotypes of autism. The ‘mindblindness’ idea has proved robust enough to explain the defining difficulties in reciprocal social interaction and their developmental course. The ‘detail-focus’ idea can explain the non-social features manifest in an uneven profile of abilities.
    Post-talk commentary by Professor Steven Hyman (Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology / HMS-FAS).

    http://mbb.harvard.edu/resources/friths2013.php

    These talks are hosted by MBB Co-Directors Alfonso Caramazza (Psychology / FAS) and Albert Galaburda (Neurology / HMS).

    They are free and open to the public.

  • April 25, 2013

    arrow-rightRole of NK cells in the adaptive immune response to HIV-1: Implication for vaccine design

    Time: 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard 400 Tech Square Cambridge, MA

    The Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard are pleased to sponsor:

     

    Role of NK cells in the adaptive immune response to HIV-1: Implication for vaccine design 

     

    Date: April 25, 2013. 8:00am-5:00pm

    *Breakfast and lunch will be provided*

     

    Location:

    Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard

    400 Tech Square

    Cambridge, MA

     

     

    Informational paragraph: The objective of this workshop is to bring together a small group of experts to exchange ideas, build synergy and establish and foster collaborations to understand the role of NK cell responses in vaccine design against viral infections with particular focus on HIV. Many aspects of the NK cell immune response remain to be further investigated to fully comprehend how to safely harness NK cell activity for HIV-1 vaccine design. The three proposed topics of discussion during the meeting are: 1) Immunoregulatory role of NK cells in the induction of antigen-specific T and B cells responses; 2) Adaptive immune responses mediated by NK cells; 3) Mechanisms by which NK cell recognize HIV-1 infected cells.

    Informational link to our website: http://cfar.globalhealth.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k58622&pageid=icb.page575650

  • April 25, 2013

    arrow-rightWorkshop: RNA-sequencing using Galaxy analytical framework

    Time: 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Countway Library, Room L2-025 (Electronic Classroom)

    The Harvard School of Public Health Bioinformatics Core (HBC) will be offering a one-day introductory workshop on RNA-sequencing that will cover best practices for quality control, read alignment, and expression analysis using RNA-seq data on April 25, 9:00am-5:00pm at Countway Library, Room L2-025 (Electronic Classroom). Introduction to Galaxy will take place from 9:00-11:00am and is recommended for those who have no experience using Galaxy. RNA-seq using Galaxy will be held from 11:00am-5:00pm, and uses live tutorials from the Galaxy analytical framework. For more information and to register, please see the registration website. Space is limited.

  • April 25, 2013

    arrow-rightMBB 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series - Chris Frith

    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Science Center Hall D

    MBB 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series  

    Chris Frith - How the Brain Creates Culture
    Thursday, April 25th, 5 p.m., Science Center Hall D

    The best way to learn about the world around us is to observe the behaviour of others. Through such observations we can learn about the nature of objects, e.g. how heavy they are, and also how valuable. We approach what others approach and avoid what others avoid. In many cases we are more influenced through what we learn from others than through what we learn through direct experience. This effect is seen in the phenomenon of over-imitation and in the power of gossip. Much of the knowledge we gain from observing others is implicit. It affects our behaviour without our awareness. Furthermore, these sub-personal brain mechanisms keep track of the goals, knowledge and beliefs of others. These mechanisms create an implicit form of we-mode. Through this we-mode, the presence of others alters our sub-personal representations of objects in the world, in terms of their affordances and action values, creating aligned representations across the group. Such alignments enhance joint action. However, there is also an explicit form of we-mode. Here alignment is achieved through discussion and the sharing of experiences. It is this form of alignment that generates a shared understanding of the physical and the mental world, and it is this process that creates culture.
    Post-talk commentary by Professor Mahzarin Banaji (Psychology / FAS).

    http://mbb.harvard.edu/resources/friths2013.php

    These talks are hosted by MBB Co-Directors Alfonso Caramazza (Psychology / FAS) and Albert Galaburda (Neurology / HMS).

    They are free and open to the public.

  • April 25, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Molecular Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Road to Therapeutics

    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Shapiro Breakout Room

    The BRI Translational Genomics seminar series, sponsored by the BWH Genomics Center, brings together researchers and clinicians to discuss the latest findings in genomics and their application to clinical practice.

    Dennis J. Selkoe, MD, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Vincent & Stella Coates Professor of Neurologic Disease, Harvard Medical School, will be the featured speaker on April 25, 5:00-6:00pm in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Shapiro Breakout Room. Please visit the website for more information and to register.

    Gene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series

    Join the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities for a year-long workshop series addressing conceptual, methodological, and measurement issues key to conducting innovative research to understand the complex role of social, environmental, behavioral, and genetic factors in the etiology of health disparities.


    Telomere Length: What Can it Tell Us About Health?
    Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, HSPH; Associate Professor in Medicine, HMS

    When: April 26, 2013, 3:00-4:30pm – networking reception to follow

    Where: 5th Floor Countway Library (10 Shattuck St., Boston)

    Pre-Registration Required: http://tinyurl.com/GeneEnvironmentSeries

  • April 28, 2013

    arrow-rightLanguage and the limits of understanding

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Rooms A & B, 245 First St., 17th floor, Cambridge, 02142

    The Forsyth Institute

    Seminar : Language and the limits of understanding

    Prof. Noam Chomsky
    Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus)
    Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, Philosophy of Language
    Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
    MIT

    Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Rooms A & B, 245 First St., 17th floor, Cambridge, 02142

    Date: March 28, 2013, 12:00-1:00pm

     

  • April 29, 2013

    arrow-rightA Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Clinical Investigator

    Time: 08:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location: 185 Cambridge Street Simches Building, Room 3.110

    A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Clinical Investigator

    Are you able to keep up with the changing face of genetic research? Have you heard of disease areas that have seen explosive growth in genetic discoveries in the past year? This is an excellent opportunity to learn the essential elements of complex trait genetics and gain the latest insights from expert faculty from the Center for Human Genetic Research and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

    April 29, 2013, 8:00am-3:00pm

    Course Location:
    185 Cambridge Street
    Simches Building, Room 3.110

    For more information and registration, please see the course website.

  • April 29, 2013

    arrow-rightSeminar: Multicomponent Molecular Design for Therapeutic Applications

    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Location: 11 Oxford Street, LISE 303, Cambridge

    Harvard University Center for Nanoscale Systems

    Seminar: Multicomponent Molecular Design for Therapeutic Applications

    Prof. Basar Bilgicer
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    University of Notre Dame

    April 29, 2013
    1:00pm
    11 Oxford Street, LISE 303, Cambridge

    Coffee and pastries will be provided. Details of this talk and speaker biography: http://cns.fas.harvard.edu/about/docs/CNS_Seminar_-_Basar_Bilgicer_2013-04-29%5B1%5D.pdf

  • April 30, 2013

    arrow-rightNovel biomimetic “spiny” and “slippery” surfaces in medical applications

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Room A, 245 First St., 17th floor, Cambridge, 02142

    Novel biomimetic “spiny” and “slippery” surfaces in medical applications

    Joanna Aizenberg, Ph.D

    Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Material Sciences at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

     

    The ability of organisms to respond to various stimuli provides an inspiration for a modern engineering and science that seek to develop a new generation of materials with dynamic, adaptive properties. I will describe the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of new hybrid nano/micro-structures that mimic the echinoderm skin and surfaces of carnivorous plants.  We demonstrate that these surfaces can be reversibly actuated and assembled into a variety of previously unseen structures with uniform, periodic or chiral nano/micro-patterns. The application of these novel substrates as a multifunctional platform for controlling mammalian and bacterial cell patterning, differentiation and function, as well as an excellent anti-biofouling material will be described.

     

    The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Room A, 245 First St., 17th floor, Cambridge, 02142

     

    April 30, 2013

    12:00pm

     

    For more information, contact Pam Quattrocchi (PQuattrocchi@forsyth.org or 617-892-8604)

     

    The Forsyth Institute is an ADA CERP recognized provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Forsyth Institute designates this activity for one continuing education credits

  • April 30, 2013

    arrow-rightGene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series

    Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: 5th Floor Countway Library (10 Shattuck St., Boston)

    Gene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series

    Join the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities for a year-long workshop series addressing conceptual, methodological, and measurement issues key to conducting innovative research to understand the complex role of social, environmental, behavioral, and genetic factors in the etiology of health disparities.

    Environmental Exposures, Genetics, and Health
    Douglas Dockery, MS, ScD, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology & Chair, Department of Environmental Health, HSPH; Director, Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health; Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS & BWH

    When: April 30, 2013, 3:00-4:30pm – networking reception to follow

    Where: 5th Floor Countway Library (10 Shattuck St., Boston)

    Pre-Registration Required: http://tinyurl.com/GeneEnvironmentSeries