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2013 Focus on Fellows Program


Thursday, October 24, 2013

8:30 AM-9:00 AM Check-In.
9:00 AM-9:30 AM Opening Remarks
Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., Scientific Director, and David Schneeweis, Ph.D., Deputy Scientific Director, NEI
9:30 AM-10:30 AM Keynote Lecture:
How Ribbon Synapses Compute Visual Information in the Retina Jeff Diamond, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, NINDS
10:30 AM-10:40 AM Break
10:40 AM-11:05 AM Mapping the Receptor-binding Site on PEDF: Implications for a Neurotrophic Role of PEDF-R
Jason Kenealey1, Preeti Subramanian1, David Hoover2, & S. Patricia Becerra11Protein Structure & Function Section, Laboratory of Retinal Cell & Molecular Biology, NEI, 2Center for Information Technology, NIH
11:05 AM-11:30 AM Gene Therapy for X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa Due to RP2 Mutation
Suddhasil Mookherjee1, Suja Hiriyanna1, Kayleigh Kaneshiro1, Haohua Qian2, Tiansen Li3, Hemant Khanna4, Peter Colosi1, Anand Swaroop5, & Zhijian Wu11Unit on Ocular Gene Therapy; 2Visual Function Core; 3Retinal Cell Biology Degeneration Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI; 4Department of Ophthalmology, University of Massachusetts Medical School; 5Retinal Development, Genetics, & Therapy Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
11:30 AM-11:55 AM Dissecting Human Photoreceptor Development Using Retinal Organoids
Rossukon Kaewkhaw, Kohei Homma, & Anand SwaroopRetinal Development, Genetics & Therapy Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
11:55 AM-12:10 PM Break
12:10 PM-1:00 PM and 1:00 PM-1:50 PM  Lunch: Career development round table discussions

How I was Successful in Obtaining a K99/R00 Grant
Tom Coate, Research Fellow, NIDCD Grants: Improving Your Chances for Funding
Thomas Greenwell, Program Director for Retinal Neuroscience, Division of Extramural Research, NEI Careers in Academia
David Schneeweis, Deputy Scientific Director, Office of the Scientific Director, NEI Careers in Industry
Anna Hansen, Scientist II, MedImmune Careers in Scientific Communication
Daniel Stimson, Chief, Science Communications Branch, Office of Science Communications, Public Liaison, and Education, NEI Careers in Technology Transfer
Alan Hubbs, Technology Transfer Specialist, & Mike Skerritt, Technology Transfer Specialist, NCI Tech Transfer Center (TTC) Careers in Science Policy
Shefa Gordon, Health Science Program Manager, Office of Program Planning & Analysis (OPPA), NEI A Scientist’s Transferable Skills for Other Career Paths
Jennifer Mehren, Health Science Program Manager, Office of Program Planning & Analysis (OPPA), NEI & Christopher Thomas, Science Writer, Office of Communications & Public Liaison, NINDS Career Development for Women in the Sciences
Rachel Caspi, Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI Importance of Clinical Research Experience for Physicians
Wai Wong, Tenure-track Investigator, Unit on Neuron-Glia Interactions in Retinal Disease, & Rachel Bishop, Chief, Consult Services Section, Office of the Clinical Director, NEI Linking Basic Research to Clinical Work
Kapil Bharti, Earl Stadtman Tenure-track Investigator, Unit on Ocular Stem Cells & Translational Research, NEI Transitioning to Graduate or Professional School Phil Ryan, Director of Student Services, Graduate Partnerships Program, Office of Intramural Training & Education, NIH

1:50 PM-1:55 PM Break
1:55 PM-2:55 PM Building & Sustaining a Network of Career Mentors & Advocates Sharon Milgram, Ph.D., Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education, NIH
2:55 PM-3:05 PM Break
3:05 PM-3:30 PM Functional Characterization of Prickle 2, a Core Planar Cell Polarity Protein, in Mouse Retina
Samelia Okpodu1, Chunqiao Liu1, Alexander Bassuk2, Helen May-Simera1, Vinit Mahajan3, Werner Graf4, Anand Swaroop5, & Tiansen Li11Retinal Cell Biology Degeneration Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI; 2Department of Pediatrics; 3Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; 4Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Howard University; 5Retinal Development, Genetics & Therapy Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
3:30 PM-3:55 PM Resident Myeloid Cells in the Mouse Choroid Show Diverse Associations with Choroidal Vessels and Display Prominent Dynamic Process Motility
Anil Kumar1, Lian Zhao1, Robert Fariss2, Wai Wong11Unit on Neuron-Glia Interactions in Retinal Disease, 2Biological Imaging Core, NEI
3:55 PM-4:20 PM Tertiary Lymphoid Tissue Formation in the Chronically Inflamed Eye
Jennifer Kielczewski, Reiko Horai, Yingyos Jittayasothorn, & Rachel CaspiImmunoregulation Section, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI
4:20 PM-4:45 PM Distinct Basal Ganglia Circuits for Controlled & Automatic Behaviors Guided by Flexible & Stable Values
Hyoung Kim & Okihide HikosakaNeuronal Networks Section, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI
Friday, October 25, 2013
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Large Lessons from Small Mice: mTOR, MCU, Mitochondria and Aging
Toren Finkel, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NHLBI
10:00 AM-10:10 AM Break
  NEI Trainees Presentations
10:10 AM-10:35 AM Altered CD8+ T Cell Function in Human Non-infectious Uveitis
Sima Hirani1, Lai Wei1, Baoying Liu1, Zhiyu Li1, Shayma Jawad1, Ian Thompson1, Ping Chen1, H. Nida Sen1, Richard W. J. Lee2, & Robert Nussenblatt11Clincial Immunology Section, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI; 2Inflammation & Immunotherapy Theme, National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust & University of Bristol
10:35 AM-11:00 AM Prohibitin is Required for Ocular Development in Zebrafish
Mariana Rius, Sunit Dutta, & Brian BrooksPediatric, Developmental & Genetic Ophthalmology Unit, Ophthalmic Genetics & Visual Function Branch, NEI
11:00 AM-11:25 AM OKR Arena - an Open Source System to Quantify Optokinetic Responses
Friedrich Kretschmer & Tudor BadeaRetinal Circuit Development & Genetics Unit, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
11:25 AM-11:50 AM CRISPR/Cas9: A New Tool in Genomic Engineering and its Implementation at the NEI GEC
Hazel Lozano, Pinghu Liu, Jingqi Lei, Carl Haugen, Yan Li, & Lijin DongGenetic Engineering Facility, NEI
11:50 AM-12:00 PM Break

An opportunity to meet NEI scientists and make connections important to your career.

1:00 PM-1:20 PM Group Photo of Trainees and Break
1:20 PM-2:20 PM Building a Retina from Human iPS Cells
M. Valeria Canto Soler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
2:20 PM-2:30 PM Break
  NEI Trainees Presentations
2:30 PM-2:55 PM The Role of Macf1 During Ciliated Cell Development
Helen May-Simera & Tiansen LiRetinal Cell Biology Degeneration Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
2:55 PM-3:20 PM Correlations Between Visual Cortical Activity and Perception: What Do They Mean?
Adrian Bondy & Bruce CummingVision Section, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI
3:20 PM-3:45 PM Global Gene Expression Patterns During Rod Photoreceptor Development
Jung-Woong Kim & Anand SwaroopRetinal Development, Genetics, & Therapy Section, Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
3:45 PM-4:10 PM Ocular Adnexal Lymphoma: Assessment of a Tumor-Node-Metastasis Staging System
Mary Beth Aronow1,2, Craig Portell3, Lisa Rybicki4, John Sweetenham3, & Arun Singh21Clinical Trials Branch, Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Applications, NEI; 2Department of Ophthalmic Oncology, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic; 3Department of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic; 4Quantitative Health Sciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
4:10 PM-4:25 PM Break
4:25 PM-4:45 PM Closing Remarks and Awards Presentation Deborah Carper, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., Scientific Director, and David Schneeweis, Ph.D., Deputy Scientific Director, NEI