Friday, April 7, 2017

This week in science and science march in NYC

New & Noteworthy:
Clinical & Translational Medicine


2017 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine - Regulating Immunity: Fc Receptor Biology
June 5, 2017 | New York, NY

The 2017 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine will be awarded to the Rockefeller University's Dr. Jeffrey V. Ravetch for his vital discovery of the mechanism by which the specific structure of antibodies controls immune cell reactivity. This work unveils the fine line between normal immune responses-such as those that remove foreign pathogens-and autoimmunity; processes that govern countless diseases. Dr. Ravetch's work continues to elucidate the complex cellular signaling that governs this fulcrum of immunity, and it is with this knowledge that new therapies will be pursued. Register today.

Speakers Include:

Rafi Ahmed, PhD, Emory Center for AIDS Research
Klas Kärre, PhD, Karolinska Institutet
Ronald Levy, MD, Stanford University
Jeffrey V. Ravetch, MD, PhD, The Rockefeller University


More Upcoming
Clinical & Translational Medicine Events

NEXT WEEK! Gene Therapy for Rare Diseases
April 11, 2017 | New York, NY

Gene therapy has been proposed as a promising therapeutic strategy for monogenic disorders. This symposium will explore recent advances in the field, and identify ongoing obstacles on the path to wider use of this approach.
This event will also be available via Webinar. Register today.

13th International Conference on Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders
May 15 - 17, 2017

Learn about most recent advances in basic, translational, and clinical research on the rare, acquired disorder, Myasthenia Gravis, as well as implications of this research on a range of related autoimmune and neuromuscular diseases.
This event will also be available via Webinar. Register today.

Targeting Cancer Metabolism and Signaling
May 25, 2017

This symposium will highlight insights into tumor metabolism from leaders in the field and explore how this information is being used to design safe and effective, metabolism-targeted therapies. Register today.

Keynote Speaker:
Craig Thompson, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Poster Abstract Deadline: April 7, 2017. Abstract submissions are invited for a poster session. For complete submission instructions, please send an email to with the words "Abstract Information" in the subject line.

Neuroplasticity, Neuroregeneration, and Brain Repair
June 13 - 14, 2017 | New York, NY

The conference will explore neuroregenerative processes and identify strategies for translating knowledge into treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and nervous system injuries. Register before May 1st for special Early Bird rates.

Poster Abstract Deadline: April 17, 2017. Abstract submissions are invited for a poster session, and two abstracts will be selected for Late-breaking Data Blitz Presentations. For complete submission instructions, please send an email to with the words "Abstract Information" in the subject line.

Early Career and Underrepresented Minority Investigator Travel Fellowship Deadline: April 17, 2017. Applications are invited from qualified early career and underrepresented minority investigators. For detailed information on eligibility and application instructions, please send an email to with the words "Fellowship Information" in the subject line.

Targeting RNA Using Small Molecules
September 26, 2017 | New York, NY

This symposium will cover approaches for targeting RNA with small and large molecules. The relevance of RNA splicing, microRNA, and RNA repeat expansions to human disease, and novel approaches for selectively modulating RNA function will be discussed. Register today.

Mitochondria in Health and Disease
November 2, 2017 | New York, NY

This symposium will bring together cross-disciplinary researchers to explore mitochondrial biology, the role played by mitochondria in disease, and their potential as a therapeutic target. Register today.

More Professional Development Events
at the Academy

Industry Research Postdoctoral Programs
April 27, 2017

Join the Science Alliance as we discuss the postdoctoral programs outside Academia. Topics will include differences between academia and industry, hiring and transition mechanisms, salaries and challenges. The panel discussion will also explore the career paths of the panelists and suggestions on how to be a strong candidate for a non-academic postdoctoral position will be discussed. The panel will include postdoc administrators or directors as well as a current postdocs from each company.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to interact with our panelists and ask questions during the panel and the roundtables. The speakers and panelists will share their knowledge and expertise during the roundtables session. The first part of this event will also be available via Webinar - register today.

Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT)
July 10-14, 2017 | New York, NY

The Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) is the only program in the United States that provide hands on leadership training for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) PhD students. This 5-day program will provide participants with tools to take ownership of their career by learning interpersonal skills, conflict management, and assertive communications skills. SALT will prepare and train graduate students to assume leadership roles throughout their professional career.

Click here to apply. Note: Applicants must be Members of the New York Academy of Sciences. If you're not a Member but would like to apply for SALT, click here first to become a Student Member for only $36.

Journey Through Science Day 2017
September 18, 2017 | New York, NY

Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo's R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers. Applicants should be currently enrolled students or early career scientists with experience in engineering, food science, life sciences, or material science. The application deadline is May 26, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

Human Capital in Vaccine Development: Solutions and Next Steps for Implementation

In 2015 the Academy held a workshop to identify solutions, which complement existing efforts, to address human capital challenges in vaccine development in: 1) basic research, 2) translation of research to development and manufacturing, and 3) regulation. Despite the success of vaccines in reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with infectious diseases, many infectious diseases, both newly emerging and well known, lack vaccines. The global capability for beginning-to-end vaccine development has become limited, primarily owing to a scarcity of human capital necessary to guide the development of novel vaccines from the laboratory to the marketplace. Here, we identify and discuss the gaps in human capital necessary for robust vaccine development and make recommendations to begin to address these deficiencies.
Click here to read the full text of the article in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.


Microbial Influences in Cardio-Metabolic Diseases
The microbiome is emerging as an important regulator of health and disease well beyond the digestive tract. This eBriefing surveys highlights from recent research innovations and therapeutic applications from the microbiome with a focus on metabolic disease.

Equivalence of Complex Drug Products: Scientific and Regulatory Challenges
This eBriefing looks at approaches for complex drug development and regulation, outstanding challenges in the assessment of complex drug equivalence, consequences for product interchangeability, and comparisons of biological and non-biological complex drug families.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Special Issue: The Year in Diabetes and Obesity
Edited by Rexford Ahima (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Scholarly reviews of current topics in diabetes and obesity.

Special Issue: Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews
Edited by Gerald D. Wright (McMaster University)

Nine scholarly review articles discussing aspects of antibiotic resistance.

New Podcast!

A Cross-Fertilization of Ideas: 200 Years of the New York Academy of Sciences

In this special podcast, learn about the stories that shaped the Academy's 200 year history. From the emergence of the Academy on a bustling street in downtown Manhattan of 1817 to the professionalization and expansion of the sciences through the 1800s. From our early efforts to help disseminate and share scientific research long before the internet to our efforts today to expand who has access to scientific careers around the globe.

And if you're a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, share in our 200th anniversary celebration by sharing your memories of inspiration, innovation and collaboration with us. Stories will be considered for publication on our website. Click here to submit yours.

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