Collaborative Workshops

McGovern Medical School Research Committee has launched a series of interdisciplinary professional development workshops designed to appeal to both clinicians and basic scientists to promote collaborative research interactions across the UTHealth campus. The schedule for FY 2018 and FY 2019 is listed below.

Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy

Fluorescence microscopy is one of the most important and widely used techniques in modern cell biological and biomedical research.  Imaging and spectroscopy modalities relying on fluorescence have become indispensable tools for research from the molecular to the organismal level.  In the last decade, major advances have enhanced the spatial and temporal resolution of both in vitro and in vivo imaging, allowing visualization of biological processes with unprecedented resolution and precision.  The Center for Advanced Microscopy at UTHealth has recently obtained several cutting-edge instruments, and the aim of this collaborative workshop is to bring together scientists from across UTHealth to demonstrate how advanced fluorescence microscopy enables advances in research and beyond.

November 7, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MSB 2.135
Chaired by Kandice Levental, Ph.D., and Travis Moor, Ph.D.,  Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology

Speakers  

      • Wenbo Li, Ph.D.
        Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        “Regulatory RNAs in transcriptional control and nuclear architecture”
      • Rachel Miller, Ph.D.
        Department of Pediatrics
        “Uncovering a novel mechanism of nephron epithelialization through fluorescence microscopy”
      • Michael Zhu, Ph.D.
        Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
        “Mechanism of TRPC4 regulation of dendritic arborization revealed by super-resolution and live cell imaging”
      • Travis Moore, Ph.D.
        Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
        “Determining protein conformation on the cell surface using super-resolution microscopy”

Innovations in Medicine

Description TBA

April 7, 20120
9:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.
MSB 3.301
Chaired by Fabio Triolo, Ph.D., Department of Pediatric Surgery

Speakers  

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Technological Approaches for Neurorehabilitation

Neurological diseases causing motor impairments are among the most common causes of disability throughout lifespan. In the last two decades advances in technology introduced wearable technologies such as robotic exoskeleton devices for upper and lower limbs, brain-machine interfaces, and non-invasive brain and spine stimulation. An increasing body of evidence supports their role in neurorecovery of the central nervous system as a safe and effective modality and support their potential role in neurorehabilitation. This collaborative workshop aims to bring together UTHealth experts and provide perspectives on how these technologies and methodologies could be combined in order to maximize the outcome of neurorehabilitation. This workshop is intended to bring researchers from different disciplines.

April 8, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
MSB 2.103
Chaired by Gerard Francisco, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Speakers

      • Gerard Francisco, M.D.
        Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
        “The NeuroRecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann”
      • Ping Zhou, Ph.D.
        Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
        “Robot-assisted hand rehabilitation after neurological injury driven by intent and muscle activities”
      • Marcia O’Malley, Ph.D.
        Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
        “Promoting patient engagement in upper limb robotic rehabilitation”
      • James Chang, PT, Ph.D.
        Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
        “The use of robotic technology for lower limb rehabilitation”
      • Nuray Yozbatiran, PT, Ph.D.
        Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
        “Upper limb motor recovery after spinal cord injury: Role of non-invasive brain stimulation and robotic-assisted training”
      • Khader Hasan, Ph.D.
        Department of Radiology, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
        Overview of quantitative MRI methods and clinical applications”
      • Sheng Li, M.D., Ph.D.
        Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann
        “BreEStim, a novel non=pharmacological intervention for management of neuropathic pain”

Metabolomics in Health Disease and Precision Medicine

Over the past two decades we have seen tremendous technological advances in genetics, transcriptomics, and proteomics.  Analysis of the metabolome provides a more complete picture of a biological phenotype than the analysis of genes, RNA and proteins.  Thus, metabolomics provides greater physiological and pathological insight by revealing a more complete phenotype that is not provided by genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics approaches.  Ongoing research is beginning to reveal specific aspects of a patient’s individual metabolome that provide a metabolic signature of health and disease.  In this way, precision metabolomics provides a metabolic snapshot of the current state of health and actionable information to inform clinical decision-making.  Pioneers in this field gather to discuss the emerging application of metabolomics and to share their cutting-edge discoveries in this workshop.

September 5, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
MSB 2.135
Chaired by Yang Xia, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Speakers

      • Kristin Eckel-Mahan, Ph.D.
        Institute of Molecular Medicine
        “A circadian metabolomics atlas reveals system-wide coordination and communication between clocks”
      • Zheng (Jake) Chen, PhD
        Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        “Circadian intervention for metabolic fitness and healthy aging”
      • Yang Xia, MD, PhD
        Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        “Erythrocyte metabolic reprogramming in normal diseases and aging”
      • Rebecca Berdeaux, PhD
        Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
        “Kinase-mediated regulation of glucose flux: Toward identification of new diabetes drug targets”
      • Boyi Gan, PhD
        UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
        “Metabolic Regulation of Ferroptosis, Nutrient Dependency, and Tumor Suppression”