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May
24
Tue
Announcing VirginiaDrugDiscoveryRx @ Doubletree Midlothian, Richmond VA
May 24 – May 25 all-day

The Executive Committee of the Virginia Drug Discovery Consortium is pleased to announce our 2022 symposium, to be held in Richmond, VA on May 24-25, 2022. This year marks our sixth symposium, and we are excited to meet again fully in-person.

We have assembled an excellent group of speakers, and our theme this year is Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Metabolic Disease. Note that our Poster Session welcomes submissions in ANY therapeutic area, focusing on I) target ID/validation and disease biology; ii) medicinal chemistry; iii) biologics or cellular therapies; iv) translational pharmacology and animal studies; v) university facilities.

May
25
Wed
Precision Neuroscience Conference @ Virtual
May 25 – May 26 all-day

The international Precision Neuroscience Conference builds on a collaboration between Nordic and Virginia universities to advance neuroscience-based precision medicine, including diagnosis and treatment. The 2022 Conference will explore four thematic areas: Mental Health, Neurodevelopment, Brain Cancer; and Aging, Neurodegeneration, and Injury.

REGISTER NOW

Join us in Roanoke at the 3rd international #PrecisionNeuro Conference from May 25 – 26. Gain emerging insights from 29 world-renowned researchers, including Carol Mason, Jan Hoeijmakers, and Josh Gordon, studying: mental health; neurodevelopment; brain cancer; and aging, neurodegeneration, and injury.

We’re currently accepting poster submission applications – see our conference site below for information about how to apply by the April 1 deadline.

Who should attend?

  • Master’s, M.D., and Ph.D. students and trainees
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Residents and attendings specializing in brain disorders
Preclinical evidence of IGF1R/IR pathway inhibition in combination with GD2-CAR T-cells as a potent therapeutic strategy for diffuse midline glioma H3K27M mutant @ Virtual
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker: Dr. Maria VinciLeader in Pediatric High-Grade Glioma Group, within the Department of Onco-Hematology, Gene and Cell Therapy

This webinar, hosted by SelectScience, explores the potential use of GD2-CAR T-cells as a therapeutic strategy in treating aggressive pediatric brain tumors that have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options: Diffuse midline gliomas (DMG) H3K27M mutant, including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

BIO: Dr. Maria Vinci obtained her masters degree in biology at the University of Bari, Italy, in 2002, and soon after joined the laboratory of Professor Elisabetta Dejana, at the Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) in Milan. Maria moved to Mannheim, Germany, for her Ph.D. in Tumor Vascular Biology, at Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, and then joined The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in Sutton, UK. The commitment and dedication to this field of research led Maria to the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, in Rome, Italy, where since 2017, she has led the Pediatric High-Grade Glioma Group, within the Department of Onco-Hematology, Gene and Cell Therapy.
Dr. Maria Vinci and the team at Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, in Italy, have developed a high-throughput cell-based assay where they screened 42 kinase inhibitors in combination with GD2-CAR T-cells. They identified two dual IGF1R/IR antagonists, BMS-754807 and linsitinib, both of which were able to inhibit tumor cell viability at concentrations that did not affect CAR T-cells.

In this webinar, you will:

  1. Learn how GD2-CAR T-cells can be used as a therapeutic strategy against aggressive pediatric brain tumors
  2. Gain insight into the development of a high-throughput cell-based assay to screen 42 kinase inhibitors
  3. Understand how the enhanced anti-tumor activity of the linsitinib/GD2-CAR T-cell combination strategy was confirmed in DIPG models using 3D cultures in vitro, organotypic brain slices ex vivo, and an orthotopic xenograft model of DIPG in vivo

Please Register Here.

Jun
16
Thu
Open Mic: Biomedical Research Ideas Exchange @ SciTech campus, IABR 1004
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: SciTech campus, IABR 1004

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm, beginning on January 20, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.

Jun
17
Fri
Open Mic: Brain-Body-Environment Research Ideas Exchange @ Fairfax Campus, Krasnow Hall, Great Room
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Fairfax Campus, Krasnow Hall, Great Room
Date: 2nd Friday of each month from 1:00pm-2:00pm, beginning on February 11, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.

 

Jul
15
Fri
Open Mic: Brain-Body-Environment Research Ideas Exchange @ Fairfax Campus, Krasnow Hall, Great Room
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Fairfax Campus, Krasnow Hall, Great Room
Date: 2nd Friday of each month from 1:00pm-2:00pm, beginning on February 11, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.

 

Jul
21
Thu
Open Mic: Biomedical Research Ideas Exchange @ SciTech campus, IABR 1004
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: SciTech campus, IABR 1004

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm, beginning on January 20, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.

Aug
18
Thu
Open Mic: Biomedical Research Ideas Exchange @ SciTech campus, IABR 1004
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: SciTech campus, IABR 1004

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm, beginning on January 20, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.

Aug
19
Fri
Open Mic: Brain-Body-Environment Research Ideas Exchange @ Fairfax Campus, Krasnow Hall, Great Room
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Fairfax Campus, Krasnow Hall, Great Room
Date: 2nd Friday of each month from 1:00pm-2:00pm, beginning on February 11, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.

 

Sep
15
Thu
Open Mic: Biomedical Research Ideas Exchange @ SciTech campus, IABR 1004
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: SciTech campus, IABR 1004

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm, beginning on January 20, 2022

This new monthly series inspired and suggested by Dr. Remi Veneziano is geared for tenure/tenure track faculty, research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and senior level graduate students across academic disciplines. This will be an “open mic” type of meeting where we will ask attendees to share a couple of slides if they have them or simply speak about their projects/new ideas​ and specific needs. The goal is to engage in meaningful brainstorming discussions together and champion one another. We will not be looking for full presentations. Even if you don’t have something to share on a given month, we encourage you to join regardless. Your expertise will be invaluable and anticipate new connections will be made.