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Registering for our Spring 2019 Annual Symposium

You are invited to our annual National Cancer Institute-University of Maryland (NCI-UMD) Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research Symposium which will be held in Bathesda, Maryland, in the new John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Bldg. 35A, Room 620/630 on February 8th, 2019 from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Our symposium aims to foster interactions between NCI and UMD researchers in biophysics, systems biology, bioengineering, and bioinformatics.

Researchers from other NIH institutes are welcome to participate in our symposium and collaborate with our UMD colleagues.  Please join us to learn about our current UMD graduate students who are performing collaborative research with NIH laboratories.  We will also have a series of short talks, a poster session, and extended break time to allow for discussions of possible joint research collaborations.

Registration: ter.ps/nciumd


9:30 – 10:00       Registration, badge pickup, speaker A/V check

Session 1   chair : Dan Larson

10:10 – 10:30     Eros Lazzerini Denchi, NCI

10:30 – 10:50     Shuo Gu, NCI : “Structural Differences Between Pri-miRNA Paralogs Promote Alternative Drosha Cleavage and Expand Target Repertoires”

10:50 – 11:10     Jon Dinman, UMD : “From too few to too many cells: solving Damashek's Riddle”

11:10 – 11:30     Wojciech Czaja, UMD : “Blended Learning with Scattering Networks"

11:30 – 11:50     Joana Vidigal, NCI : “Small RNAs go a long way: genetic tools to study miRNA functions in mammals”

11:50 – 2:00        Lunch and poster session

 Session 2   chair: Doron Levy

2:00 – 2:20          Giuliano  Scarcelli, UMD : "Brillouin microscopy for cell and tissue biomechanics"

2:20 – 2:40          Peter Choyke, NCI : “Tracking cells in the body:  Using PET tracers to monitor cell trafficking”

2:40 – 3:00          Gregg Duncan, UMD : “Overcoming the mucus barrier to inhaled gene therapy”

3:00 – 3:20          Ming Lin, UMD

3:20 – 3:40          Harshad Vishwasrao, NIBIB : “Tumor heterogeneity and targeted therapy resistance”

For more information, contact dan.larson@nih.gov, dlevy@umd.edu, gregoire.altan-bonnet@nih.gov, wlosert@umd.edu

Agenda: Click here

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2nd Data-Science Initiative Workshop

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of Maryland propose to foster collaborations between data science researchers at UMD and cancer researchers at the NCI.

This will be the second of a series of four workshops that will provide a meeting ground for informal exchange of knowledge, ideas and networking to facilitate such collaborations. The intent is that this will lead to several collaborative projects that will be carried out by UMD data science graduate and undergraduate students under the joint supervision of UMD and NCI researchers.

The first workshop was held on November 30, 2018 with 150 registrants and focused on presentations by UMD data scientists to provide an introduction of various data science and machine learning approaches and principles towards potential joint research opportunities. One of its goals was to stimulate NCI PIs to present possibly underexplored data they either have or can make available in a second workshop.

The upcoming workshop will be Friday, February 1, 2019 at UMD. It will focus on presentations by interested NCI principal investigators (PIs) describing their research questions, data and challenges of interest. Significant time will be allotted to networking sessions to enable researchers from both NCI and UMD to interact with each other. Overall, this workshop is planned as an informative exploration, enabling and fun event, culminating in a solicitation of fellowship applications from UMD students.

A recent award from the Year of Data Science program at UMD will allow seven $3,500 fellowships for students proposing to develop joint projects during summer 2019. The anticipated application deadline is February 20, with decisions soon thereafter. Instruction for applicants will be provided at the February 1 workshop. It is hoped that these projects, and more generally, the interactions formed, may foster future funding applications by researchers from both institutions.

MAIN TOPICS WILL INCLUDE cancer immunology and immunotherapy, carcinogenesis, cancer genomics, precision cancer medicine, digital pathology, single cell omics, multi-omics analysis, liver cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, tumor microenvironment, large scale drug response screens, pediatric oncology and more. This will provide an opportunity for UMD students and faculty to learn about the state of the art in some current topics of cancer research. A detailed agenda will be posted shortly.

Registration: Please register by Friday, January 25 for planning purposes. If you register, but then realize you cannot make it, please cancel your registration as soon as you know it, ideally by January 25.

Click here for the agenda.

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