Events in September 2011

  • September 20, 2011

    arrow-rightMouse Genome Informatics training

    Time: 09:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Room 403, 4th Floor, Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston

    Mouse Genome Informatics provides free, publicly available access to integrated data on the genetics, genomics and biology of the laboratory mouse. In this self-guided tour, you will explore the MGI database in depth.

    You will use MGI to:

    • Find mouse models of human disease
    • Locate genes and alleles associated with a specific phenotype
    • Identify suppliers of mice carrying a mutation in a gene of interest
    • Find gene expression assays and images for specific anatomical structures
    • View terms describing the molecular function, biological process and cellular component of a gene, and retrieve a list of genes annotated with a specific Gene Ontology (GO) term
    • Identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and PCR polymorphisms specific to selected mouse strains
    • Find primer sequences
    • Locate suppliers of BAC or cDNA clones
    • Download MGI data or perform batch queries
  • September 26, 2011

    arrow-rightDesign and Implementation of Clinical Trials Course

    Time: 08:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston

    The Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate Education Program is now accepting applications for Design and Implementation of Clinical Trials, a newly developed course within the Research Career Development Course (RCDC) series.

    Design and Implementation of Clinical Trials is an advanced course created for clinical investigators who have an idea for development of a clinical trial. Over the course of six  half-day sessions, participants will design a protocol, write an IRB application, and become familiar with the central issues surrounding the implementation of their clinical trial. This free course will take place September 26, October 3, 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 2011, from 8:00am to 1:00pm, and is open to MDs and PhDs who are involved in clinical research.

    All applications and related endorsements are due on June 2, 2011.

    For more information, or to submit an application, visit the Design and Implementation of Clinical Trials page on the Harvard Catalyst website.

  • September 27, 2011

    arrow-rightOpen Workshop on Technology and Autism Research

    Time: 08:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Building E14 in Room 674, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

    Open Workshop


    Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
    Building E14 in Room 674
    Will include talks, discussion, and poster presentations related to the development and use of technologies for diagnosing and intervening in autism and other behavioral disorders.


    Dr. Catherine Lord
    Catherine Lord, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Brain Development, a new autism center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, a collaborative effort among Weill-Cornell Medical College, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York Center for Autism, a not-for-profit autism advocacy organization.

    Dr. Takeo Kanade
    Takeo Kanade is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and the director of Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Dr. Jeffrey Cohn
    Jeffrey Cohn is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Faculty at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Dr. Jan van Santen
    Jan van Santen obtained a PhD in Mathematical Psychology at the University of Michigan, worked for 2 decades at Bell Labs Research on Natural Language Processing, before joining and directing the Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CSLU) in 2000, then located at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

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    The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta is the lead institution in a $10 million, five year award from the National Science Foundation’s Expeditions in Computing Program. The project title is Computational Behavioral Science: Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization of Social and Communicative Behavior. The multidisciplinary research team, composed of computer scientists, engineers, and psychologists are from nine institutions including major autism research centers in Atlanta, Boston, Pittsburgh, Urbana-Champaign, and Los Angeles.

    Hosted by the MIT Media Lab and Northeastern University and Sponsored by NSF Expeditions in Computing Project on Computational Behavior Science.