Virtual Research Retreat set for March 2


By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

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The schedule is now available for the 2021 Virtual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat, an open event sponsored by the Research Committee where faculty, graduate students, and fellows can learn more about research conducted on campus and interact with their peers.

Participants will register the day of the event via Webex. The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, via Cisco Webex.

Paul Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will deliver the keynote address, “SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines: Where do we stand?”

Offit, the Maurice R. Hileman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania, has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC, an achievement in which he received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health.

Presenters from McGovern Medical School include Nitin Tandon, MD, professor of neurosurgery; Qingchun Tong, PhD, associate professor at the Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Disease; Ashish Kapoor, PhD, assistant professor at the Institute of Molecular Medicine; Ali J. Marian, MD, professor of cardiovascular genetics and the James T. Willerson Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Research; Wenbo Li, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Bhanu Priya Ganesh, PhD; assistant professor of neurology.

Postdoctoral research fellows Callie Kwartler, PhD; Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD; and Jose Felix Moruno-Manchon, PhD; will also present.

The event will also feature the Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Competition. The competition is designed for students at McGovern Medical School to receive valuable feedback on their research and see how their research compares to that of their peers in a competitive setting. The virtual competition will be held from 12:35- 2:35 p.m. The deadline for submission of the 3,500 character or less abstract is Friday, Feb. 19.

Awards include a first-place prize of $400, two second-place prizes of $300, and four third-place prizes of $200.

For a complete schedule for the 2021 Virtual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat, visit the event’s website.