Focus on Fellows


Thursday October 29, 2009
Time Session
8:30 AM-
9:00 AM
Name badges and program booklets will be distributed
9:00 AM-
9:15 AM
Welcome Remarks
Sarah Sohraby, Deputy Scientific Director, National Eye Institute (NEI)
9:15 AM-
10:15 AM
Key note lecture: Influenza 2010
David Henderson, M.D., Deputy Director for Clinical Care, NIH Clinical Center
10:15 AM-
10:25 AM
10:25 AM-
10:50 AM
The Role of Dopamine in Information-Seeking
Ethan Bromberg-Martin, Okihide Hikosaka, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research
10:50 AM-
11:15 AM
Local Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation Confers Neuroprotection in Experimental Glaucoma
Thomas Johnson, Natalie Bull, David Hunt, Keith Martin, Stanislav Tomarev, Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology
11:15 AM-
11:40 AM
PDGF-CC rescues neurons by regulating GSK3β phosphorylation
Zhongshu Tang, Pachiappan Arjunan, Chunsik Lee, Yang Li, Anil Kumar, Xu Hou, Bin Wang, Piotr Wardega, Fan Zhang, Lijin Dong, Yongqing Zhang, Shi-Zhuang Zhang, Hao Ding, Kevin G. Becker, Johan Lennartsson, Yihai Cao, Nobuo Nagai, Xuri Li
Unit on Retinal Vascular Biology, NEI; Weifang Medical University, P. R. China; Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala University, Sweden; National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH; Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba, Canada; Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Department of Physiology, Kinki University School of Medicine, Japan
11:40 AM-
11:50 AM
11:50 AM-
12:50 PM
Career Development Talk: Forks in Research Road: Academics or Industry
Eric Carlson, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Alcon Laboratories
12:50 PM-1:30 PM
1:30 PM-2:10 PM

Careers in Science Policy
Bobbie Austin, Assistant Director of Science Policy and Programs, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Career Development for Women in the Sciences
Rachel Caspi, Chief, Immunoregulation Section, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI

Industrial Careers
Eric Carlson, Senior Scientist III, Alcon Laboratories

Science Writing Careers
Allyson Collins, Science Writer/Editor, Office of Communications, NEI

How to Determine the Next Step in Your Career
Lori Conlan, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services, Office of Intramural Training and Education, NIH

Academic Careers
Nady Golestaneh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Georgetown University

Government Careers
Peter Kozel, Scientific Review Officer, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), NIH

Transitioning from a Lab to a Non-lab Career
Cesar Perez-Gonzalez, Program Manager, Office of the Scientific Director, NEI

Regulatory Careers
Graeme Price, Visiting Associate, U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA/CBER)

The K99 Award from a Fellow’s View
Goli Samimi, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Cristina Strong, Research Fellow, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Industrial Careers
Geoffrey Stephens, Scientist II, MedImmune

2:10 PM-
2:25 PM
2:25 PM-
2:45 PM
NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) Presentation
Monika Deshpande, NEI Basic Sciences Representative, Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology
2:45 PM
-3:15 PM
Age-related Macular Degeneration What We’re Up Against
Henry Wiley, Staff Clinician, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications (DECA), NEI
3:15 PM
-3:40 PM
Molecular and functional changes associated with normal aging in the retinaJessica Chang, Sunil Parapuram, Radu Cojocaru, Matthew Brooks, Tiziana Cogliati, Ritu Khanna, Naheed Khan, Jerome Roger, Bo Chang, Anand Swaroop, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory
3:40 PM
-4:05 PM
Generation and unique features of antigen-specific Th9 cell lines
Cuiyan Tan, Barbara Vistica, Guangpu Shi, Jenna Lovaas, Mehak Aziz, Igal Gery, Laboratory of Immunology
4:05 PM
-4:30 PM
ASCC3L1 Gene Mutation in a Chinese Family with autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa
Ningdong Li, Han Mei, XiaoDong Jiao, Ian MacDonald, Kanxing Zhao, J. Fielding HejtmancikTianjin Eye Hospital, Tianjin, China; Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch, NEI; Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
4:30 PM
-4:55 PM
RPE65: Adaptation of a Carotenoid Oxygenase to a Visual Cycle Isomerase Function
Preethi Chander, Sue Gentleman, Eugenia Poliakov, T. Michael RedmondLaboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology
Friday October 30, 2009
Time Session
9:00 AM
-10:00 AM
Key note lecture “Integrating Genomics and Clinical Research: Hypothesis-Generating Clinical Research”
Leslie Biesecker, M.D., Chief, Genetic Disease Research Branch, NHGRI
10:00 AM
-10:10 AM
10:10 AM
-10:35 AM
The protective effect of Quercetin against oxidative stress in cultured human RPE and retinal lesions of Ccl2/Cx3cr1 double deficient mice
Xiaoguang Cao, Defen Shen, JingshengTuo, Youngeun Cho, Chi-Chao Chan, Laboratory of Immunology
10:35 AM
-11:00 AM
The N-terminal extension of βB1-crystallin: identification of a critical region which modulates protein interactions with βA3-crystallin
Monika Dolinska1, Yuri Sergeev, May Chan, Ira Palmer, Paul WingfieldOphthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch, NEI; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), NIH.
11:00 AM
-11:25 AM
ADRP-associated human NRL mutations in codons 50 and 51 affect photoreceptor survival under bright light exposure in mouse retina
Jerome Roger, Keerthi Ranganath, Jessica Chang, Avinash Hiriyanna, Anand Swaroop, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory
11:25 AM
-11:35 AM
11:35 AM-12:15 PM
12:15 PM-12:55 PM

Translational Medicine- From Basic to in vivo Research
Juan Amaral, Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology, NEI

Protein-protein interactions in retina function and disease
Patricia Becerra, Chief, Protein Structure and Function Section, Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology, NEI

Starting a laboratory and a Tenure-Track Career
Brian Brooks, Tenure-track Investigator, Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch, NEI

How Not to Measure Responses in Visual Neurons
Bruce Cumming, Chief, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI

Clinical research at NEI
Frederick Ferris, Clinical Director, NEI and Emily Chew, Deputy Director, DECA, NEI

Managing Up- How to Work with Your Boss
Howard Gadlin, Director, Center for Cooperative Resolution, NIH and L. Michelle Bennett, Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Research, NCI, NIH

Retinal Neurophysiology
Wei Li, Tenure-track investigator, Unit on Retinal Neurophysiology, NEI

Does Basic Laboratory Work Need to be Linked to Clinical Work?
Robert Nussenblatt, Chief, and Nida Sen, Staff Clinician, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI

Sarah Sohraby, Deputy Scientific Director, NEI and Richard Fisher, Director, Office of Program Planning and Analysis, NEI

How to Plan Research and Get Good Publications
Anand Swaroop, Chief, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory, NEI

Bench to Bedside (Translational Research)
Wai Wong, Staff Clinician, Unit on Neuronal-Glial Interactions in Retinal Disease, NEI

Differences Between Cytokine and Growth Factor Signal Transduction
Cheng Rong Yu, Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI

12:55 PM
-1:10 PM
1:10 PM-2:00 PM Career Development Talk: The Challenge of Team Science
Howard Gadlin, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cooperative Resolution, NIH, and L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Research, NCI
2:00 PM
-2:25 PM
Photoreceptor/RPE Interactions Mediated by Metabolic Waste
Jeffrey Adijanto, Qin Wan, Nancy Philip, Rong Li, Tina Banzon, Sheldon Miller, Section on Epithelial and Retinal Physiology and Disease
2:25 PM
-2:50 PM
Push-pull Organization of Binocular Receptive Fields Robustly Encodes Disparity in Monkey V1
Seiji Tanabe, Bruce Cumming, Vision Section, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research
2:50 PM
-3:15 PM
Cdk5 Regulates Src Activity by Targeting cSrc for Ubiquitin-dependent Degradation
Qing Pan, Fengyu Qiao, Chun Gao, Peggy Zelenka, Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology
3:15 PM
-3:40 PM
Mechanistic insight into the interaction of pigment epithelium-derived factor and its receptor PEDF-R
Preeti Subramanian, Matthew Rapp, Silvia Locatelli-Hoops, S. Patricia Becerra, Protein Structure and Function Section, Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology
3:40 PM
-3:50 PM
3:50 PM
-4:45 PM
Career Development Talk: Maximizing Potential and Minimizing Stress
Sharon Milgram, Ph.D., Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education, NIH
4:45 PM
-5:00 PM
Awards Presentation
Paul Sieving, Director, NEI, and Sarah Sohraby, Deputy Scientific Director, NEI