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Research Seminar Program at CHORI

As part of our commitment to education, CHORI established the Weekly Seminars, an opportunity for educational enrichment for CHORIís principal investigators, the scientific community, and the public at large.

Seminars are held in CHORIís charming "Little Theatre," which has been restored to its original state, circa 1923, and provides an historic setting with state-of-the-art digital equipment for national and international leaders in all areas of scientific research to present their newest ideas and explorations.

2007 Seminar calendar

December Calendar

December 11, 2007 4:00PM
Francois Paris, PhD

Assistant Professor
Head of Radiobiology of Vascular and Angiogenic Laboratory, Oncology Research Department
INSERM Unit 601, Nantes, France
“Sphingosine 1 Phosphate Protects Normal Tissue from Radiotherapy Toxicity”
Hosted by Julie Saba, MD, PhD


November Calendar

November 6, 2007 4:00PM
Mary A. Banach, PhD, MPH

Project Director
UCSF Stroke Sciences Group and CTSI BREAD
“CTSI BREAD services for CHORI researchers”
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


November 9, 2007 Residents Seminar-OPC Auditorium Noon
Lori Styles, MD, Hematologist
Department of Hematology/Oncology
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
“Secretory phospholipase A2 and sickle cell disease”
Hosted by Paul Harmatz, MD


November 20, 2007 4:00PM
Oswaldo Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Bioanalysis
Catholic University of Ecuador
“Role of zinc in Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric inflammation”
Hosted by Deborah Dean, MD, MPH


November 28, 2007 12:00PM
Thomas E. DeCoursey, PhD

Professor, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
“Voltage-gated proton channels”
Hosted by Horst Fischer, PhD


October Calendar

October 2, 2007 4:00PM
Daniel Kraft, MD
Instructor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
“Understanding, Reconstructing and Engineering the Stem Cell Niche”
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


October 9, 2007 4:00PM
Dawn Brasaemle, PhD
Associate Professor, Director, Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“Lipid Droplets as a Dynamic Organelle: Proteins Controlling Triacylglycerol Metabolism”
Hosted by Trudy Forte, PhD


October 12, 2007 Residents Seminar-OPC Auditorium Noon
Gregory A. Grabowski, MD

Professor & Director, Division of Human Genetics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
“Current and Future Therapies for LSD: A Mind Expanding Journey”
Hosted by Paul Harmatz, MD


October 16, 2007 4:00PM
L Gordon Bentley, BSc, MSc
Principal Scientist, Manager
DNA Sequencing-based Genotyping and Mutation Detection
Roche Molecular Systems

Highly Multiplexed Amplicon Sequencing with the Roche/454 Genome Sequencer: an overview of the methods, sample requirements, and expectations
Hosted by Janelle Noble, PhD


October 30, 2007 4:00PM
Andreas Stahl, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley
“Fatty Acid Transport: A Practical Approach”
Hosted by Robert Ryan, PhD


September Calendar

September 6, 2007 4:00PM
Joseph A. Carcillo, MD
Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
"Critical Illness Stress-Induced Immune Suppression"
Hosted by Arup Roy-Burman, MD


September 11, 2007 4:00PM
Roger A. Davis, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology
Director, Metabolic Research
San Diego State University
"Tissue Specific Deletion of Txnip Reveals Mechanistic Link Between Redox State, Insulin Action and Growth"
Hosted by Ronald Krauss, MD


September 18, 2007 4:00PM
Yatin M. Vyas, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
"Wasp-Notch Alliance in T Helper Cell Differentiation"
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


September 25, 2007 4:00PM
Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD
Professor & Division Director of Behavioral
Science and Health Education, Saint Louis
University School of Public Health
Associate Director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center, Washington University School of Medicine

"Obesity Prevention: Translating Evidence to Policy"
Hosted by Janet King, PhD


August Calendar

August 6, 2007 4:00PM
Mickey Urdea, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Tethys Bioscience, Inc.
"Protein Biomarker Panels for the Prediction of Type 2 Diabetes Within 5 Years"
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


August 28, 2007 4:00PM
Garry Myers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Institute of Genome Sciences
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
"Comparative Genomics of the Chlamydiae "
Hosted by Deborah Dean, MD, MPH


July Calendar

June 4, 2007 4:00PM
Dan Kaufman, MD, PhD
Principle Investigator
Stem Cell Institute
University of Minnesota
"Embryonic Stem Cells Hematopoiesis and Cytotoxic Lymphocytes"
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


June Calendar

June 4, 2007 3:30PM
Shunji Tomatsu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Saint Louis University
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
"Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA (Morquio A Syndrome)"
Hosted by Paul Harmatz, MD


June 8, 2007 Residents Seminar - OPC Auditorium Noon
Carla Golden, MD

Associate Oncologist
Dept. Hematology/Oncology, CHRCO
“The Children’s Oncology Group: Clinical Research in a Cooperative Group”
Hosted by Paul Harmatz, MD


June 14, 2007 2:00PM
Alan R. Tall, MD
Tilden-Weger-Bieler Professor of Medicine
Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Department of Molecular Medicine
Columbia University
“Mechanisms of the Protective Effects of HDL in Atherosclerosis”
Hosted by Ronald Krauss, MD


June 18, 2007 4:00PM
Francois Paris, PhD



June 21, 2007 4:00PM
Brian K. Kaspar, PhD

Assistant Professor
Center for Gene Therapy
Columbus Children’s Research Institute
“Merging Gene Therapy and Stem Cells for Therapeutic Opportunities in Neurodegenerative Diseases”
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


April Calendar

April 9, 2007 4:00PM
Brian K. Kaspar, PhD



April 10, 2007 4:00PM
Stephen G. Young, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
“GPIHBP1 and Triglyceride Metabolism”
Hosted by Ronald Krauss, MD


April 13, 2007 Residents Seminar - OPC Auditorium Noon
Zahra Pakbaz, MD, CCD
Hematology Research Physician
Ferritometer Program Coordinator
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
“SQUID-Ferritometer Program at CHRCO”
Hosted by Paul Harmatz, MD


April 17, 2007 4:00PM
Robert B. Rawson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics
Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 
“Alternative Activation of the SREBP Pathway in Drosophila Larvae”
Hosted by Vasanthy Narayanaswami, PhD


March Calendar

March 2, 2007 12:00PM
Christoph Plass, PhD
Professor, Division of Human Cancer Genetics
The Ohio State University
“Genome-wide DNA Methylation Changes in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)”
Hosted by Pieter de Jong, PhD


March 9, 2007 Residents Seminar - OPC Auditorium Noon
Michael R. Jeng, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Stanford University School of Medicine
“The Pediatric Hydroxyurea Phase III Clinical Trial (BABY-HUG Trial)”
Hosted by Paul Harmatz, MD


March 13, 2007 4:00PM
Robert Hegele, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Scientist, Blackburn Cardiovascular Genetics Lab,
Robarts Research Center
Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry
University of Western Ontario, Canada
“Genetics in Metabolic Disease”
Hosted by Robert O. Ryan, PhD


March 15, 2007 4:00PM
Gerry McGregor, PhD
Head of Medical Science Department
Pascoe Pharmaceutical Preparations GmbH
Giessen, Germany
“High-dose Parenteral Vitamin C in Critical Care – Is the Microcirculation the Primary Target?”
Hosted by Beate Illek, PhD

March 20, 2007 4:00PM
Kottarappat N. Dileepan, MSc, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Chair, Clinical and Molecular Immunology Laboratory
University of Kansas Medical Center
“Role of Mast Cells in Vascular Inflammation and Atherosclerosis”
Hosted by Stuart Smith, PhD, DSc


February Calendar

February 6, 2007 4:00PM
Cheryl Wellington, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology ad Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
“Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease”
Hosted by Michael Oda, PhD


February 9, 2007 Residents Seminar - OPC Auditorium Noon
Paul Harmatz, MD
Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology/
Children’s Hospital Oakland
“Safety and efficacy of peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin for hepatitis C in thalassemia”

February 20, 2007 4:00PM
Julie K Andersen, PhD
Buck Institute for Age Research
“Iron dysregulation in Parkinson’s disease”
Hosted by David Killilea, PhD

February 27, 2007 4:00PM
Gary Ren, PhD
Assistant Research Biochemist
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California San Francisco
“The structure study of low density lipoprotein by electron cryo-microscopy”
Hosted by Robert Ryan, PhD


January Calendar

January 8, 2007 12:00PM
Udo Oppermann, PhD
Principal Investigator
Structural Genomics Consortium
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

"High throughput approaches towards structure determination of human metabolic enzymes"
Hosted by Stuart Smith, PhD, DSc



January 30, 2007 4:00PM
Chaiton Khosia, PhD
Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Biochemistry
Stanford University

"Chemistry and Biology of Celiac Sprue "
Hosted by Stuart Smith, PhD, DSc


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