NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program 50th Anniversary Scientific Symposium

All Day

Scientific Symposium in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the NIGMS PRAT Program (1965-2015)

November 6, 2015 - Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

8:30-9:00a.m. – Opening Remarks

Jon Lorsch, PhD, Director, NIGMS

Michael Gottesman, MD, Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH

Session  1: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

9:00-9:30 a.m.Harnessing the Prognostic and Diagnostic Potential of the Microbiome: Application to Chronic and Traumatic Wounds”

Elizabeth Grice, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology,

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PRAT 2007, National Human Genome Research Institute

(Introduced by Nadine Samara, PhD)


9:30-10:00 a.m.  Mouse Models of Autism to Test Hypotheses About Causes and to Discover Treatments

Jacqueline Crawley, PhD, Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research, MIND Institute, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,

University of California Davis School of Medicine


(Introduced by Julia Lemos, PhD)

10:00-10:30 a.m.  Building Bodies: From Bench to Bedside”

Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD, Jules Stein Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute and Biomedical Engineering, Translational Tissue Engineering Center, Johns Hopkins University

PRAT 1999, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

(Introduced by Aubrey Weigel, PhD)

10:30-11:00 a.m.  “Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Trafficking of Synaptic Proteins”

Katherine Roche, PhD, Investigator, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,

National Institutes of Health

PRAT 1996, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

(Introduced by Megan Wyeth, PhD)


11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Networking, poster session, and lunch (Sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences)


Session 2: 1:00-2:30 p.m.


1:00-1:30 p.m.“Challenges in Translational Safety: Taming Biological Complexity to Develop Safer Drugs”

James Stevens, PhD, Distinguished Research Fellow at Eli Lilly and Company

 PRAT 1980, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

 (Introduced by David Montgomery, PhD)


1:30-2:00 p.m. “Pharmaco-omics: Genes, Metabolites and Drug Response“

Richard Weinshilboum, MD, Dasburg Professor for Cancer Genomics Research , Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine


(Introduced by Chad Brocker, PhD) 

2:00-2:30 p.m. – “The Cellular Response to Starvation.”

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, NIH Distinguished Investigator and Chief, Section on Organelle Biology, Cell Biology and Metabolism Program,

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


(Introduced by Shireen Sarraf, PhD)


2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break


Session 3: 2:45-4:00 p.m.


2:45-3:15 p.m.  – "The Discovery and Development of Carvedilol for the Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure; From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient”.

Robert Ruffolo, Jr., PhD, Retired President, Research & Development, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals;

Retired Corporate Senior Vice President, Wyeth Corporation

PRAT 1977, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

(Introduced by Emily Holzinger, PhD)


3:15-3:45 p.m.   “Sneaker’s Luck: NIH, 1965”

Henry Bourne, MD, Professor Emeritus of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology,

University of California San Francisco


(Introduced by Alex Valm, PhD)

3:45-4:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Jessica Faupel-Badger, PhD, MPH, NIGMS PRAT Program Director

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