News from the Gulf Coast Consortia
A Collaboration of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Institute of Biosciences & Technology of Texas A&M Health Science Center
GCC Shared Core Facilities
Progress and Challenges in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance Conference, October 28
This conference will highlight chemical, biochemical, computational, and genomic approaches that provide insights into mechanisms of resistance, treatment strategies and drug discovery of antimicrobials. Confirmed speakers include Shahriar Mobashery, University of Notre Dame; Lingchong You, Duke University; Gerry Wright, McMaster University, Helen I. Zgurskaya, University of Oklahoma and Karen Bush, Indiana University. Chair: Tim Palzkill, Baylor College of Medicine; Co-Chairs: Julian Hurdle, Institute of Biosciences and Technology; Yousif Shamoo, Rice University; Lynn Zechiedrich, Baylor College of Medicine. This 26th Annual Keck Research Conference and poster session is open to all researchers. On-site registration will be available the day of the conference. Add to your calendar here. More information here.
GCC Mentor Training Workshops, November 29 for Postdocs, December 7 for Faculty, Registration deadline October 31
These annual workshops are designed to develop skills and insight in mentoring young scientists and to provide the opportunity for interactions between mentors at different institutions and in different disciplines. Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; lunch will be provided. Location: BioScience Research Collaborative, Event Hall, 6500 Main Street. Postdoc Mentor Training Information. Faculty Mentor Training Information. Spaces are limited. To reserve a space, please email Dawn Koob, by October 31.
Keck Seminar, November 4
Please join us as Elmer Bernstam, UT Health, presents Big [Clinical] Data in Health Care. Seminar at 4pm. Networking and refreshments will follow at 5pm, BioScience Research Collaborative, Auditorium, 6500 Main at University Blvd. Metro stop: Dryden. Map. Seminars are free and open to the public. Upcoming seminars include Amina Qutub (11/11/) and Lesley Stolz (11/18). More information can be found here.
GCC Symposium on Precision Genome Editing, November 8
Significant strengths exist in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) member institutions in genome editing, including the Genome Editing Core at Rice, Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Core and Cell-Based Assay Screening Service at Baylor, Genetically Engineered Mouse Facility at MD Anderson, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at UT Health Houston, and Targeted Genomics Core at Texas A&M. The goals of this workshop are to showcase the genome editing activities in the TMC member institutions, help integrate the genome editing capabilities in TMC, and develop a consortium in precision genome editing research and education. This event will take place in the BRC Auditorium from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Register here.
Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Medicine High Throughput Screening Seminar, November 9
This seminar will take place in the Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) Event Space at 4:00 pm. Richard Houghten from Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies will be discussing their rapid alternative hit/probe discovery platform that allows the exploration of 10s of millions of synthetic compounds while requiring the screening of only 300-600 samples. Reception will follow. For more information on their platform/strategy, scientific publications, or to schedule a meeting with Dr. Houghten earlier in the day, please email Suzanne Tomlinson. RSVP
GCC Regenerative Medicine ‘Hour After Hours,’ November 10
This event will take place in BRC 280 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It will begin with a presentation from Johnny Huard, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UT Health. Dr. Huard’s expertise is in gene therapy, tissue engineering & regenerative medicine applications based on the use of muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs), and his primary areas of interest are in basic stem cell biology and their translation to clinic to aid in the healing and regeneration of a variety of tissues. This presentation will be followed by a networking reception. All are welcome to attend, but space is limited. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson. RSVP
Register Now: Symposium: Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy, November 11
This Symposium on November 11 is part of the 72nd American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), November 10-13, at the Galveston Convention Center as . The keynote speaker will be Charalampos Kalodimos from the University of Minnesota. Additional invited speakers include JaeHyun Cho, Texas A&M University; Dmitri Ivanov, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio; Sung Joon Kim, Baylor University; Ed Nikonowicz, Rice; John Putkey, UT Health; and Krishna Rajarathnam, UTMB. Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortia for Magnetic Resonance. Conference information Registration
Register Now: Symposium: Functional Nucleic Acids, November 11
This Symposium will be held November 11 during the American Chemical Society’s Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), Galveston Island Convention Center. Honoring Dr. David Gorenstein, the symposium will focus on the latest developments in the field of functional nucleic acids, such as aptamers, siRNA, and miRNA. Dr. Gorenstein served as the Associate Dean in the Medical School at UTMB, Galveston, before moving to UT Health Science Center- Houston. He retired in February 2016. Invited speakers include Paloma Giangrande, University of Iowa, Andrew Ellington, University of Texas-Austin, Sherry Wu, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ananth Annapragada, Texas Children’s Hospital, Xianbin Yang, AM Biotechnologies; Hongyu Wang, UT Health, David Volk UT Health; Thiviyanathan, UT Health. Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortia for Magnetic Resonance. For conference information, click here.
Opening Ceremony and Launch for the UT Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Genomics (CARMIG) and the GCC Cluster for Antimicrobial Resistance November 29
Please join us from 4:30 – 7pm in the BRC Auditorium. The evening will begin with a Keynote Address from Arjun Srinivasan, MD, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Centers for Disease Control. Following the Keynote, Director Michael Graziano will comment on the Netflix documentary, Resistance which will then be featured. Reception and networking will follow. Space will be limited, and RSVP will be required. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson.
2016 CPRIT Therapeutic Antibody Core Symposium, December 1
The CPRIT Therapeutic Antibody Core Annual Symposium, 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. will showcase multiple successful research programs that have worked closely with the antibody core for identifying, validating, and developing cancer antibody drugs. Attendees will have opportunities to network with and learn about the core facilities, technology platform, and exciting opportunities to utilize the Antibody Core to advance your own translational research programs. This meeting will explore foundations and latest trends in identifying, validating and developing antibody drugs, especially for cancer therapies. Plan to attend to network and learn about exciting developments from leaders in the field. The flyer and preliminary agenda are available. To register, click here.
GCC Translational Pain Research Cross-Consortia “New Ideas” Networking Event, December 6
The GCC Consortium for Translational Pain Research invites principal investigators from all areas of neuroscience, neuroengineering, addiction, etc. to a data blitz and networking event that will take place on December 6th in the Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC 1003) from 9 am to 2 pm. The event will start with 5 minute short talks (each to include a very brief general introduction for nonspecialists) by participants followed by a lunch and “new ideas” brainstorming session. Please RSVP early as space is limited. For more information, contact Suzanne Tomlinson. RSVP
Save the date: Why is n always 3? An Introduction to Statistics in Computational Biology in R, December 13
This hands-on workshop led by Charles Lin, Baylor College of Medicine, will introduce biostatistics approaches to novice users. The goal is to “de-mystify” approaches to manipulate, understand, and analyze large datasets that might otherwise seem like “black boxes”. The workshop will have morning and afternoon sessions. R is required for the workshop, but no prior experience is needed. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Consortium for Bioinformatics. More information available soon.
Save the date: Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop, January 18, 2017
This interactive workshop, with organizers and/or discussion facilitators from all GCC institutions, will take place in the BRC Event Hall from 10:00 am to 2:45 pm. Topics to be covered include Experimental Design (basic science, population science, and big data science), Analysis and Statistics, Data Management, and Publication and Reporting. Students and postdocs are encouraged to attend, and all are welcome. A certificate of completion will be provided. More information available soon.
Save the date: Antibiotic Resistance Symposium: Novel Frontiers in Antimicrobial Research, January 19-20, 2017
BioScience Research Collaborative, Auditorium. Confirmed speakers include Robert Bonomo, Case Western; Vance Fowler, Duke University; Michael Rybak, Wayne State University; Eric Pamer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Clayton Huntley, NIAID; Maria Villegas, Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas; Cesar Arias, UT Health; Robert Britton, Baylor; Ashok Chopra, UTMB; Magnus Hook, IBT; Julian Hurdle, IBT; Michael Lorenz, UT Health; Barbara Murray, UT Health; James Musser, Houston Methodist; Timothy Palzkill, Baylor; Adriana Rosato, Methodist Research Institute; Yousif Shamoo, Rice; Samuel Shelburne, MD Anderson; Vincent Tam, UH; and Lynn Zechiedrich, Baylor. More information will be available soon.
Save the date: GCC Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience 14th Annual Conference, January 27, 2017
Confirmed speakers include Sean Escola, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. Medical School; Joshua Gold, PhD, Professor, Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Kathryn Hendrick, PhD, Assistance Professor, Mathematics, Southern Methodist University; and Ila Fiete, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Center for Learning and Memory, Univ. of Texas at Austin. Location: BioScience Research Collaborative.
GCC Job Board
Check out the new jobs posted recently. This job board provides an opportunity for job seekers and employers to learn more about each other. Job seekers may post their resumes. Employers (GCC Recruiter) may post their job openings. http://jobs.gulfcoastconsortia.org/
Learn more about GCC’s and other TMC institutions’ core facilities and equipment on the VIICTR website (Search Core Facilities). VIICTR = Virtually Integrated Institutions for Clinical and Translational Research.