Events in May 2012

  • May 1, 2012

    arrow-rightThe IND/IDE IRB Education Symposium

    Time: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location: Harvard Medical School, Armenise (Building D) Amphitheater

    This three-hour session will feature three speakers: Elizabeth Hohman, MD, Chair and Physician Director of Partners Human Research Committee at Partners, Michele Russell-Einhorn, JD, Senior Director of Office for Human Research Studies at Dana Faber Cancer Institute, and Matthew Wladkowski, MS, Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at Children’s Boston Hospital. The session will focus on learning when and whether an IND/IDE is required and understanding regulatory requirements associated with IND/IDE studies.

    Registration is required. Attendees should RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2012. Please register here:

    If you have trouble registering, please contact Min Kim (E-mail, 617-432-1167).

    The Harvard Catalyst Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program helps researchers and institutions navigate clinical & translational researchregulatory processes by minimizing the regulatory burdens through cooperation, interoperability, and access to expertise.




  • May 3, 2012

    arrow-rightGiving an Oral Presentation from a 10 Minute Talk to a 1 Hour Symposium

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Center for Education, Carl J. Shapiro Institute, East Building, Room 202, 330 Brookline Avenue

    The Office of Academic Careers and Faculty Development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is hosting a series of workshops for post-docs and instructors, led by Dr. Terry Maratos-Flier, that will address the specific factors one must consider for future career development, and the paths forward from the post-doc and instructor experiences. These workshops are open to the Harvard community and affiliated hospitals.

    Workshop 2: Giving an Oral Presentation from a 10 Minute Talk to a 1 Hour Symposium

    This workshop will focus on all facets of giving an oral presentation, including best practices for preparation, visual aides development, and creating your “stellar performance”.

    To register for this workshop, please email the BIDMC Office for Academic Careers and Faculty Development.

    For more information and questions, please email Elizabeth Langley.

  • May 8, 2012

    arrow-rightBWH Innovation Grand Rounds

    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Location: BWH Shapiro Breakout Room, Shapiro Conference Center, 70, Francis St, Boston, MA 02115

    The BWH Biomedical Research Institute’s Innovation Grand Rounds is designed to promote broad perspective dialogue on opportunities and approaches relevant to innovation, provide tutorials/workshops on practical matters in medical innovation and build a community of clinicians and scientists interested in translatable technologies and health care innovation.


    The May session of BWH Innovation Grand Rounds will feature the Harvard innovation lab (i-lab), a new and innovative initiative fostering team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepening interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston community. Gordon Jones, MBA, Harvard i-lab Director and Joseph Lassiter, PhD, Harvard i-lab Faculty Chair will present an overview of the i-lab and this will be followed by a panel discussion on opportunities for collaboration with BWH, other area hospitals and the Harvard Medical School.


    All are welcome! CME credits available. A light dinner will be served.

    To register, click here.

    For more information please visit our website.

  • May 10, 2012

    arrow-rightAcupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Pain: Integrating Clinical and Neuroimaging Research

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Shapiro Breakout Room, 70 Francis Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA, 02115

    Speaker: Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAc

    Contact Danielle Berkowitz for more information at (617) 732-8545 or via email.  


    Note: Please bring one form of identification to event (license, hospital ID, etc...) 


    Event Website:



  • May 14, 2012

    arrow-rightSymposium on Sleep Health Disparities

    Time: 07:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Rotunda, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA, 02115

    Sleep deficiency and sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea, insufficient sleep time, shift work, insomnia) afflict a high proportion of children and adults, and are associated with significant chronic health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart failure, as well as impaired quality of life, behavioral problems, cognitive deficits, increased health care utilization, and increased mortality.

    Emerging data indicate that individuals from disadvantaged neighborhoods and racial/ethnic minorities are at increased risk for poor sleep and for sleep disorders due to a variety of environmental exposures, occupational and psychosocial conditions, and physiologic and genetic factors. Furthermore, insufficient sleep and sleep disorders are often under-recognized and inadequately treated in these groups.

    This symposium will bring together experts in health disparities research, sleep medicine, population health, community outreach, and environmental science to foster new dialogue, consider emerging questions and methodological challenges, and identify important next steps to move forward the field of sleep health disparities.

    Presented by the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program.

    Registration is required and seating is limited. Please contact Health Disparities Program Manager Kathryn Pollenz (E-mail, 617-432-7357 ) with questions related to this symposium or questions about the Health Disparities Research Program.

  • May 14, 2012

    arrow-rightPolycystic Kidney Disease Symposium

    Time: 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Bray Room, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

    The symposium will focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying PKD.

    Topics covered:

    - Review of latest clinical trials in PKD

    - IFT complex and Hedgehog signaling

    - Polycystin signaling in zebrafish

    - G protein signaling in PKD

    - Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and ADPKD

    - Nek kinase and cystic disease

    - Induced pluripotent stem cells and PKD


    All undergraduate, graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical and research fellows, physicians and basic science faculty members who are interested in kidney disease, cilia or epithelial biology would benefit from attending this conference.

    Registration is free but seats are limited. So please register online by clicking on the link  

  • May 14, 2012

    arrow-rightThe Latest Research at the Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine

    Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Location: Minot Room, 5th Floor, Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck St, Boston, MA, 02115

    Guest Speaker: Prof. Seung-hoon Choi, OMD, PhD,

    President, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM) DaeJeon, Korea

    Former Dean, College of Oriental Medicine

    Kyung Hee University, Korea


    Prof Choi will present the development of Korean traditional medicine to evidence based medicine.

    Attendees (academic researcher and medical students) will learn about Korean medicine.


    For more information, please contact Dr. Byeongsang Oh (Email, 617-632-5408)

  • May 16, 2012

    arrow-rightMicrobial Facebook: Probing bacterial social networks

    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

    Marvin Whiteley, PhD

                  Associate Professor

      Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

      The University of Texas at Austin


    Summary : The survival of pathogens in the human body has been rigorously studied for well over a century. Bacteria are able to colonize, persist and thrive in vivo due to an array of capabilities, including the ability to attach to host tissues, produce extracellular virulence factors, and evade the immune system. Most bacterial pathogenesis studies have focused on mono-culture infections; however, it is clear that many bacterial infections are not simply the result of colonization with a single species, but rather ensue from the actions of polymicrobial communities. Microbes within polymicrobial infections often display synergistic interactions that result in enhanced colonization and persistence in the infection site. Such interactions have been particularly noted in polymicrobial infections of the oral cavity, although the molecular processes controlling these synergistic interactions are generally not known. Here, I will discuss how interactions between oral bacteria impact community development, resistance to host innate immunity, and in vivo persistence. I will also discuss the use of two novel approaches for probing bacterial interactions in small populations. The first approach utilizes multi-photon lithography to create picoliter-sized porous cavities capable of capturing a single bacterium and tracking growth and behavior of the resultant microcolony in real time. These bacterial ‘lobster traps’ allow for examination of polymicrobial interactions in small, defined bacterial populations similar in size to those observed in nature. The second approach involves the use of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) to monitor interactions in a bacterial biofilm through quantification of specific signals and cues. Using these technologies we provide insight not only into the number of bacteria, but also the concentration of small molecules required to elicit polymicrobial responses.




    For more information or to register, please contact Pam Quattrocchi (email, 617-892-8604)

  • May 24, 2012

    arrow-rightAn Overview of REDCap: A Free, Web-based Data-Management & Survey Tool

    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Karp Building, 7th Floor Conf Room, Children’s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston 02115

    Come learn about REDCap and REDCap Survey, two free, web-based data management tools available to Harvard investigators through the Harvard-affiliated academic health care centers. Using REDCap, investigators can create and design projects using:

    • A web browser-based Online Form Editor; and/or
    • An offline method by constructing and uploading a “data dictionary” template file in Microsoft Excel.

    Christian Botte, a Harvard Catalyst electronic data capture (EDC) support specialist based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will present information sessions at Children’s Hospital Boston on how to utilize the tools to build and manage online databases and surveys.

    REDCap provides automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R), built-in project calendars, a scheduling module, ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features including branching logic, file uploading, field validations, and calculations.

    Presented by the Clinical Research Program Education Core at Children’s Hospital Boston, in collaboration with Harvard Catalyst.

    Registration is required in order to attend any of these sessions. For more information, contact Harvard Catalyst EDC support specialist Christian Botte (E-mail, 617-754-8828). To register, click here.

    Harvard Catalyst offers cross-institutional support for investigators interested in or currently using REDCap, including explanations of the features of REDCap and REDCap survey (a similar application for creating and managing surveys), a set of FAQs, user guides, links to institutional REDCap systems, and a Harvard Catalyst EDC support team. To learn more, visit Harvard Catalyst’s REDCap page.

  • May 24, 2012

    arrow-rightBridge Project Thoracic Oncology Meeting

    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: Koch Institute Auditorium, 500 Main Street, Cambridge MA

    This workshop will focus on clinical, translational, and basic science aspects of lung cancer. It will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion and networking. Information will be provided regarding 2012 funding opportunities. 


    Speakers include: Tyler Jacks, David Livingston, Matt Meyerson, Yolanda Colson, Alice Shaw


    To register please click here.


    For more information, please visit the website for this event: