Events in September 2012

  • September 13, 2012

    arrow-rightA Workshop on Molecular Biology and Genetics

    Time: 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: The David H. Koch Institute, 500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    The workshop will cover the basic genetic processes that underlie the etiology of human disease. This knowledge is useful for providing the framework for assessing modern treatment and prevention strategies. Environmental effects on cell function will be highlighted.

    This workshop incorporates:

    • An active hands-on approach to learning molecular genetics concepts
    • Application of the molecular genetics concepts through two afternoon field trips: one to the Koch Institute for Integrated Cancer Research, and another to the Broad Institute DNA sequencing facility
    • Lectures by The David H. Koch Institute’s Angelika Amon, PhD and MGH’s John Rinn, PhD about chromosomal mechanisms and epigenetics, respectively

    Presented by MIT’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) and the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center site at MIT.

    A $200 registration fee is required. Only 20 seats are available for this workshop. Nurses and medical professionals are welcome to attend. Nurses who complete the course will be eligible for 15 CEUs. Two scholarships are available for nursing students.

    For more information, or to register, visit the workshop’s web page. Please contact Catherine Ricciardi (E-mail) if you are a student or if you have questions.

  • September 13, 2012

    arrow-rightForsyth Seminar Series: Immunoregulation by adenosine and hypoxia

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: 245 First St., Cambridge, MA

    The Forsyth Institute presents a seminar by:

     

    Akio Ohta, PhD

    Principal Research Scientist
    New England Inflammation and
    Tissue Protection Institute
    Northeastern University

     

    The immune system has various mechanisms to discourage potentially tissue-damaging immune activation, e.g., anti-inflammatory cytokines and anti-inflammatory cells including regulatory T cells and myeloid-derived suppressor cells. Extracellular adenosine also plays a non-redundant role in the control of immune responses. The increase of adenosine levels in pathophysiological conditions may represent negative feedback mechanism triggered by hypoxia in damaged tissue. Such counterbalance can prevent over-activation of immune responses and consequent excessive tissue injury, but are also able to diminish immune responses to fight against infectious pathogens and cancer cells. Immunoregulatory mechanism through the hypoxia-adenosine pathway may be crucial in the control of pro- and anti-inflammatory balance.

                                   

    When:                   September 13, 2012 at 12:00pm

    Where:                  The Forsyth Institute

                                    17th Floor, Seminar Room A

                                    245 First Street

                                    Cambridge, MA  02142

     

    For more information, please email Pam Quattrocchi, or call 617-892-8604.

  • September 14, 2012

    arrow-rightA Workshop on Molecular Biology and Genetics

    Time: 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: The David H. Koch Institute, 500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    The workshop will cover the basic genetic processes that underlie the etiology of human disease. This knowledge is useful for providing the framework for assessing modern treatment and prevention strategies. Environmental effects on cell function will be highlighted.

    This workshop incorporates:

    • An active hands-on approach to learning molecular genetics concepts
    • Application of the molecular genetics concepts through two afternoon field trips: one to the Koch Institute for Integrated Cancer Research, and another to the Broad Institute DNA sequencing facility
    • Lectures by The David H. Koch Institute’s Angelika Amon, PhD and MGH’s John Rinn, PhD about chromosomal mechanisms and epigenetics, respectively

    Presented by MIT’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) and the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center site at MIT.

    A $200 registration fee is required. Only 20 seats are available for this workshop. Nurses and medical professionals are welcome to attend. Nurses who complete the course will be eligible for 15 CEUs. Two scholarships are available for nursing students.

    For more information, or to register, visit the workshop’s web page. Please contact Catherine Ricciardi (E-mail) if you are a student or if you have questions.

  • September 14, 2012

    arrow-rightTregs and periodontal disease

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Location: 245 First St., Cambridge, MA

    Forsyth Seminar Series: Tregs and periodontal disease: from regulatory and migratory mechanisms to therapeutic opportunities

    The Forsyth Institute presents a seminar by:

     

    Gustavo Garlet, DDS, MSc, PhD
    Associated Professor

    Department of Biological Sciences
    School of Dentistry of Bauru
    Brazil

     

    While the mechanisms involved in periodontal destruction by inflammatory cytokines are well known, regulatory mechanisms involved in the control of periodontitis remain elusive. In periodontitis, regulatory T cells (Tregs) appear as a T helper subset potentially involved in disease outcome. Dr. Garlet’s group recently demonstrated the presence of Tregs in diseased periodontal tissue, and has found a role for Tregs in experimental disease outcome. Together with this data, unpublished results describing the mechanisms involved in the migration of Tregs to periodontal tissues will be discussed, as well the opportunities for the therapeutic manipulation of this system. Also, the possible role of distinct classes of oral bacteria in the modulation of Tregs system in periodontal environment will be presented.

                                   

    When:                    September 14, 2012 at 12:00pm

    Where:                   The Forsyth Institute

                                    17th Floor, Seminar Room A

                                    245 First Street

                                    Cambridge, MA  02142

     

    For more information, please email Pam Quattrocchi, or call 617-892-8604.

     

  • September 20, 2012

    arrow-rightIntegrative Medicine Research Seminar

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Back to health: A study comparing yoga, physical therapy, and education for chronic low back pain

     

    Robert Saper, MD MPH

    Director of Integrative Medicine

    Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health

    Department of Family Medicine

    Boston Medical Center

     

    When: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4:00-5:00pm

    Where: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

                    Duncan Reid Conference Room

                    2nd Floor

                    75 Francis Street

                    Boston, MA 02115

     

    For more information please email Danielle Berkowitz, or call 617-732-8545.

     

    Sponsored by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard Medical School Research Training Program in

    Complementary and Integrative Medicine based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

     

  • September 20, 2012

    arrow-rightDF/HCC and Koch Institute’s Bridge Project Technology Workshop

    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: Yawkey Building, room 306/307, DFCI

    The Bridge Project is designed to bring the expertise of the Koch Institute, MIT, and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center to bear on complex translational problems in cancer research.

    The Technology Workshop will bring together bioengineering and clinical oncology. Scientists and engineers from MIT and DF/HCC will give presentations on technologies with potential utility in improving cancer detection, analysis, diagnosis and treatment. Grant funding will be available this fall to collaborative teams in the areas of brain, pancreatic, thoracic, ovarian, and melanoma cancers.

    When: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm

    Where: Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Yawkey Building, Room 306-307
    450 Brookline Ave.
    Boston, MA

    Registration is required, and a light dinner will be provided. Topics and speakers include:

    Drug Delivery  
    6:00 Robert Langer
    6:15 Paula Hammond
    6:30 Darrell Irvine
    Early Detection
    Diagnostics
     
    6:45 Sangeeta Bhatia
    7:00 Cesar Castro
    7:15 Michael Cima (videotaped earlier)
    7:30 Jongyoon Han (videotaped earlier)
    7:45 Mehmet Toner (videotaped earlier)
    Systems Bio  
    8:00 Michael Yaffe
    8:15 Marc Vidal