Registration for the Annual Medical School Research Retreat sponsored by the Medical School Research Committee is now open.  All faculty, graduate students, and fellows are invited to attend.

This year’s event will include two breakthrough discovery symposia designed to showcase the level of talent and diversity of our junior and senior faculty whose work is worthy of recognition for its innovation and significance.  In addition, there will be a Graduate Student Education Committee sponsored poster competition and a Postdoctoral Fellow symposium designed to highlight the work of our graduate and post-graduate trainees.

Dr. Darcy Krueger, associate professor, Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology, Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will deliver the keynote address, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC): A rare disease with big aspirations.

The purpose of the retreat is to inform and promote interdisciplinary collaboration.  Join us 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Nov. 4 at the Sarofim Research Building, Institute of Molecular Medicine.  This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the research conducted on our campus and an excellent way to interact with your colleagues and peers.

The agenda includes:

Breakthrough Discoveries Symposium I

 Irina Serysheva, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
“Exposing memories’ gatekeeper: The 3-D structure of a cerebral Ca2+ channel revealed by electron cryomicroscopy”

Raymond Cho, M.D., M.Sc.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Psychosis Recovery and Research Center
Director, Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
“Neural oscillations in schizophrenia:  Understanding pathophysiology and developing treatments”

Claudio Soto, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, The George and Cynthia W Mitchell Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Brain Related Illnesses
“Cyclic amplification of misfolded proteins: Applications to understand disease biology and biochemical diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases”

Breakthrough Discoveries Symposium II

 Kartik Venkatachalam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
“The roles of TRP channels in organellar Ca2+ Release”

Siddharth Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine
“Recurrent genomic copy number variants are associated with bicuspid aortic valve and thoracic aortic disease”

Sheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Diseases, Institute of Molecular Medicine
“Huntingtin in autophagy and Huntington’s disease: A friend or a foe within?”

Postdoctoral Symposium

 Yanning Rui, Ph.D.
1st Place Winner, Dean’s Excellence Award for Postdocs
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Diseases, Institute of Molecular Medicine
“Huntingtin functions as a scaffold in selective autophagy”

Ching-On Wong, Ph.D.
2nd Place Winner, Dean’s Excellence Award for Postdocs
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
“Endo-lysosomal function in innate immunity”

Mykola Mamenko, Ph.D.
3rd Place Winner, Dean’s Excellence Award for Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
“Ca2+signaling in the distal nephron”