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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.

December Calendar
YanLiu December 1, 2009 • Special 12:30 PM Seminar •
Yan Liu, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Sloan-Kettering Instit. for Cancer Res. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr
"Molecular Basis of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Quiescence and Self-Renewal"
Hosted by: Mark Walters, MD
Schryvers December 1, 2009
Anthony B. Schryvers, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Science Education, and Professor, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine (all at University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta)
"Targeting Bacterial Iron Acquisition - Insights from Structural Studies"
Hosted by: Dan Granoff, MD

December 4, 2009 • Special 12:30 PM Seminar •
Grant Morahan, PhD, Professor of Diabetes Research, The University of Western Australia; and Director, Centre for Diabetes Research, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research

"Systems Genetics and Type 1 Diabetes Susceptibility"
Hosted by: Pieter de Jong, PhD

December 8, 2009
Jen-Chywan (Wally) Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology University of California, Berkeley
"Glucocorticoid Receptor and Lipid Homeostasis"
Hosted by: Robert O. Ryan, PhD


Wu December 15, 2009 • Special 12:30 PM Seminar •
Wen-Shu Wu, PhD, Principle Investigator COBRE in Stem Biology & Regenerative Medicine Center for Molecular Medicine Maine Medical Center Research Institute

"Puma deficiency Selectively Protects HSCs from High-Dose Radiation and Improves HSC Self-renewal"
Hosted by: Mark Walters, MD
December 15, 2009
Vladimir Serikov, PhD., Assistant Staff Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institite
"Stem Cells of Human Placenta"
Hosted by: Robert Ryan, PhD


December 17, 2009
Tarif Awad, PhD, National Market Development Manager at Sequenom, Inc
"Translating Biomarker Research to Human Health"
Hosted by: Beth Trachtenberg, PhD

November Calendar
November 3, 2009 • Special 12:30 PM Seminar •
Shannon McKinney-Freeman, Ph.D. Instructor in Pediatrics Children’s Hospital Boston Harvard Medical School
"Characterization of Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Hematopoietic Stem Cells "
Hosted by Mark Walters, MD

November 17, 2009 • Special 12:30 PM Seminar •
James A. Byrne, PhD, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Stanford University School of Medicine
"Generation of isogenic pluripotent stem cells"
Hosted by Mark Walters, MD

Lvine November 17, 2009
Mark Levine M.D. Chief, Molecular and Clinical Nutrition Section Senior Staff Physician National Institutes of Health
“Vitamin C: Physiology, Pharmacology, and Cancer Treatment”
Hosted by Bruce N. Ames, PhD
November 24, 2009
Michal Hammel, Ph.D. Staff Scientist, Physical Biosciences Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"SAXS for the people"
Hosted by: Giorgio Cavigiolio, PhD


October Calendar
Krantz October 6, 2009
Bryan Krantz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Molecular & Cell Biology University of California, Berkeley
"Structural Basis for the Pre-Translocation Unfolding of Proteins by Anthrax Lethal Toxin"
Hosted by: Robert Ryan, PhD
October 13, 2009
Meir Stampfer Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology Department of Epidemiology Department of Nutrition
'Primary Prevention of Coronary heart Disease through Lifestyle and Diet'
Hosted by: Bruce Ames, PhD
Newton Monday, October 26, 2009
Roger Newton, CEO Esperion Theraputics, Inc.Boden. MD,
“HDL Therapy for the Sub-Acute Treatment of Atherosclerosis“
Hosted by: Michael Oda,PhD

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Guenther Boden, M.D. Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine Temple University, Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
“Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease. What is the Connection?”
Hosted by: Ronald Krauss, MD

September Calendar

Wednesday - September 23, 2009
Yves A. DeClerck, M.D. Director, The Saban Research Institute Vice President for Research Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
"Bone Marrow – Derived Stem Cells in Neuroblastoma Progression"
Hosted by: Bertram Lubin, MD


Ira September 29, 2009
Ira Tabas, MD, PhD, Vice-Chairman of Research, Department of Medicine, Columbia University, Professor of Medicine & Anatomy & Cell Biology (in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics) Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
"Macrophage Apoptosis in Atherosclerosis: the Key Roles of ER Stress and Cytosolic Calcium"
Hosted by: Ronald M. Krauss, MD and Merck Schering Plough

August Calendar

August 3, 2009 • Cancelled
Dr. Malcolm Maden, Professor of Zoology Institution: University of Florida.
"The role of retinoic acid signaling in embryonic development and in the regeneration of adult organ systems including the limb, lung and nervous system”
Hosted by: Po-Lin So, PhD

August 18, 2009
Robert L. Nussbaum, M.D., FACMG Chief
Division of Medical Genetics Department of Medicine & UCSF Institute for Human Genetics

"Alpha-synuclein in Parkinson Disease"
Hosted by: Bertram Lubin, MD

August 25, 2009
Prof. Jeans Francois Briat, Professor and Director of Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology, INRA and CNRS
University of Montpelier.

“Ferritins and oxidative stress in plants.”
Hosted by: Dr. Elizabeth C. Theil

June Calendar

June 2, 2009
Damini Jawaheer, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Geneticist
Department of Medicine
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
"Rheumatoid Arthritis: Genetics, Ethnicity and Gender"
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD

June 25, 2009 12:00PM
Rolando Feyt, PhD
Project Manager/Researcher
Department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine
“Back to Meningococcal Outer Membrane Vesicle Vaccines: Are we going in circles?”
Hosted by Dan Granoff, MD

May Calendar

May 12, 2009
Roland Stocker, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry in Vascular Medicine
Pathology, School of Medical Sciences
Bosch Institute
The University of Sydney

"The role of heme oxygenase-1 in the protection against atherosclerosis"
Hosted by Bruce Ames, PhD


May 26, 2009
Danica Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley
"Sirtuins: From Stem Cell Aging to Lifespan Determination"
Hosted by Robert Ryan, PhD

April Calendar

April 8, 2009 • Special Noon Seminar •
Bengt Mannervik
Professor of Biochemistry
Karin and Herbert Jacobsson Chair Uppsala University Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry Biomedical Center, Uppsala, Sweden

'Enzyme Redesign and Evolution: glutathione transferases as a paradigm'
Hosted by Bruce Ames, PhD


April 8, 2009
Robert M. Anthony, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
The Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology, The Rockefeller University

“Glycan requirements of Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)”
Hosted by Dan Granoff


April 14, 2008
Gerard I. Evan PhD FRS, FMedScl
Department of Pathology
Cancer Research Institute
The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
"How to Suppress Tumors"
Hosted by Ervin Epstein

Roel April 21, 2009
Dr. Roel Nusse
Howard Hughes Medical Institiute
Dept of Developmental Biology
Stanford University, School of Medicine

"Wnt Signaling and Stem Cell Control"
Hosted by Robert Ryan, PhD


March Calendar

March 31, 2009
Philip Tsao, PhD
Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
"Experimental and Systems Biology Approach to Biomarker Development in Vascular Disease"
Hosted by: Dario Boffelli, PhD

Peter March 24, 2009
Peter Beernink
Assistant Staff Scientist
Children's Hospital Research Institute

“Toward a Broadly Protective Meningococcal Vaccine”
Hosted by Robert Ryan, PhD

March 3, 2009
Jan A. Nolta, PhD
Director Stem Cell Program
University of California, Davis
"Gene Modified Stem Cell Therapy"
Hosted by Bertram Lubin, MD


March 12, 2009
Stefano Rivella, PhD
Associate Professor in Genetic Medicine in the Dept of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology-Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College
"Following beta-globin gene transfer, the production of hemoglobin is affected by the beta-thalassemia genotype: the 'Traffic Jam Hypothesis'"
Hosted by Elliott Vichinsky, MD


February Calendar

February 17, 2009
Amy Herr, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley
"Microfluidics for quantitative biology & medicine"
Hosted by Robert Ryan, PhD

February 23, 2009
Dr. Michael Apicella
Chair, Department of Microbiology
Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs
Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa
"Does Non-Typeable Haemophilus influenzae Talk to Itself?"
Hosted by Alexander H. Lucas, PhD


February 26, 2009 12:00PM
Professor Graham Jenkin, PhD

Deputy Director
Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories
Monash University
"Future Clinical uses of Mesenchymal Progenitor and Amnion Epithelial Cells"
Hosted by Bertram H. Lubin, MD


January Calendar

January 13, 2009
Thomas Jansson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

"Placental nutrent sensing and transport: Cellular mechanisms and role in determining fetal growth and future health"
Hosted by Janet King, PhD


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