2012 Focus on Fellows Program

Program

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Time  
8:30 AM-9:00 AM Name badges and program booklets will be distributed
9:00 AM-9:15 AM Opening Remarks
Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., Scientific Director, and Sarah Sohraby, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Scientific Director, NEI
9:15 AM-10:15 AM Keynote Lecture: “New Frontiers in Fluorescent Imaging”
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Cell Biology & Metabolism Branch, NICHD
10:15 AM-10:25 AM Break
  NEI TRAINEES PRESENTATIONS
10:25 AM-10:30 AM Overview of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications
Frederick Ferris III, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Director, NEI
10:30 AM-10:55 AM Reticular Drusen: Natural History and Effect on Retinal Function
Benjamin Nicholson1, Divya Nigam1, Mei Zhou2, Brett Jeffrey3, Wai Wong4, Elvira Agron5, Emily Chew1

1Clinical Trials Branch, Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Application, NEI; 2Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago; 3Ophthalmic Genetics & Visual Function Branch, NEI; 4Unit on Neuron-Glia Interactions in Retinal Disease, NEI; 5Biostatistics Branch, Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Application, NEI

10:55 AM-11:00 AM Overview of the Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory
Anand Swaroop, Ph.D., Laboratory Chief
11:00 AM-11:25 AM Understanding the Genetic Architecture of Macular Degeneration using Exome Sequencing
Rinki Ratna Priya1, Xiaowei Zhan2, Robert Fariss3, Christina Chakarova4, Milton English1, Yuri Sergeev5, Kari Branham6, Mercedes Campos4, Margaux Morrison7, Naushin Waseem4, James Friedman8, Matthew Brooks1, Harsha Rajasimha1, Samuel Jacobson9, Raman Sood10, Paul Liu10, Michael Klein11, Emily Chew12, Dwight Stambolian113, Margaret DeAngelis7, Shomi Bhattacharya4, John Heckenlively6, Goncalo Abecasis2, Anand Swaroop1

1Retinal Development & Genetics Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI; 2Center for Statistical Genetics, Dept. of Biostatistics, University of Michigan; 3Biological Imaging Core, NEI; 4Dept of Molecular Genetics, Institute of Ophthalmology, United Kingdom; 5Ophthalmic Genetics & Visual Function Branch, NEI; 6Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Michigan; 7Dept of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Utah; 8Dept of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus; 9Scheie Eye Institute, Dept of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania; 10Genetics & Molecular Biology Branch, NHGRI; 11Macular Degeneration Center, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University; 12Clinical Trials Branch, Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Application, NEI; 13Depts of Ophthalmology & Genetics, University of Pennsylvania

11:25 AM-11:30 AM Overview of the Laboratory of Immunology
Sarah Sohraby, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Scientific Director
11:30 AM-11:55 AM Role of Interleukin-27 and IRF Transcription Factors in the Regulation of Complement Factor H (CFH) Expression in the Retina and Intraocular Inflammation
Sung-Hye “Grace” Kim, Ahjoku Amadi-Obi, Cheng-Rong Yu, Ivy Dambuza, Bernadette Marrero, Charles Egwuagu
Molecular Immunology Section, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI
11:55 AM-12:05 PM Break
12:05 PM-12:55 PM
and
12:25 PM-1:45 PM
Lunch: Career development round table discussions

Careers in Academia
Donald Zack, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Careers in Industry
Anna Hansen, Scientist II, MedImmune

Careers in Scientific Review
Annie Schaffner, Chief, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NEI

Grants: Improving Your Chances for Funding
Thomas Greenwell, Program Director for Retinal Neuroscience, Division of Extramural Research, NEI

A Scientist’s Transferable Skills for Other Career Paths
Jennifer Mehren, Health Science Program Manager, Office of Program Planning & Analysis (OPPA) & Christopher Thomas, Science Writer, Office of Communications & Public Liaison, NINDS

Becoming a Great Mentor
Sharon Milgram, Director, Office of Intramural Training & Education, NIH

Linking Basic Research to Clinical Work
Kapil Bharti, Earl Stadtman Tenure-track Investigator, Unit on Ocular Stem Cells & Translational Research, NEI

For Clinical/Translational Research, M.D., or M.D./Ph.D.
Wai Wong, Tenure-track Investigator, Unit on Neuron-Glia Interactions in Retinal Disease, NEI & Rachel Bishop, Chief, Consult Services Section, Office of the Clinical Director, NEI

Transitioning to Graduate or Professional School
Phil Ryan, Director of Student Services, Graduate Partnerships Program, Office of Intramural Training & Education, NIH

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

Starting a Lab & a Tenure-track Career
Tudor Badea, Tenure-Track Investigator, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI

Networking
Sarah Sohraby, Deputy Scientific Director, and Cesar Perez-Gonzalez, Program Manager, Office of the Scientific Director, NEI

1:45 PM-1:55 PM Break
1:55 PM-2:55 PM Scientific Presentation: “Use of High Content Screening Approaches to Identify Candidate Neuroprotective Molecules for the Treatment of Glaucoma and the Retinal Degenerations”
Donald Zack, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
2:55 PM-3:05 PM Break
  NEI TRAINEES PRESENTATIONS
3:05 PM-3:10 PM Overview of the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research
Bruce Cumming, M.D., Ph.D., Laboratory Chief
3:10 PM-3:35 PM Believing is Seeing: Constructing the Visual World with Cortical Neurons
Ali Moeeny, Bruce Cumming
Vision Section, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI
3:35 PM-3:40 PM Overview of the Laboratory of Retinal Cell & Molecular Biology
T. Michael Redmond, Ph.D., Laboratory Chief
3:40 PM-4:05 PM Sterculic Acid Inhibits 7-ketocholesterol-mediated Corneal Angiogenesis
Joshua Chou, Juan Amaral, Ignacio Rodriguez
Mechanisms of Retinal Disease Section, Laboratory of Retinal Cell & Molecular Biology, NEI
4:05 PM-4:30 PM Low-hydration, Compact Structure in Solution is a Conserved Property of Diverse -Crystallins from Fish to Mammals
Yingwei Chen1, Huaying Zhao2, Peter Schuck2, Graeme Wistow1
1Molecular Structure & Functional Genomics Section, NEI; 2Laboratory of Cellular Imaging and Macromolecular Biophysics, NIBIB
4:30 PM-4:55 PM Role of CEP290 in Ciliogenesis in Photoreceptors and Other Cells
Erin Yamamoto1, Rivka Rachel1, Helen May-Simera2, Tiansen Li2, Lijin Dong3, Anand Swaroop1
1Retinal Development & Genetics Section; 2Retinal Cell Biology & Degeneration Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory; 3Genetic Engineering Facility, NEI
Friday, October 26, 2012
Time  
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Keynote Lecture: “Genome Cell Biology”
Tom Misteli, Ph.D. Senior Investigator, NCI, NIH
10:00 AM-10:20 AM Group Photo of Trainees and Break
10:20 AM-10:45 AM Career Development Talk: “NEI Training Opportunities for Postdocs & Clinician Scientists”
Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D., Program Director for Research Training & Career Development, Division of Extramural Research, NEI
10:45 AM-10:55 AM Break
10:55 AM-11:45 AM Special Lecture: “Making the Invisible, Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science”
Rebecca Kamen, Artist, Professor of Art, Northern Virginia Community College
11:45 AM-12:30 PM Lunch and Panel Discussion on Art and Science

Rebecca Kamen

Joram Piatigorsky, Scientist Emeritus, NEI

Sarah Sohraby, Deputy Scientific Director, NEI

12:30 PM-12:35 PM Break
NEI TRAINEES PRESENTATIONS
12:35 PM-12:40 PM Overview of the Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch
Sarah Sohraby, M.D., Ph.D., Acting Branch Chief
12:40 PM-1:05 PM Nlz1 is Required for Cilia Formation and Regulated by Wnt/β-catenin Signaling
Sunit Dutta, Shahila Sriskanda, Ramakrishna Alur, Brian Brooks
Unit on Pediatric, Developmental & Genetic Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Genetics & Visual Function Branch, NEI
1:05 PM-1:30 PM Cone Photoreceptor Afferents and Dendritic Development of S-cone Bipolar Cells in the Mouse Retina
Li Jia, Wei Li
Unit on Retinal Neurophysiology, NEI
1:30 PM-1:55 PM Multiple Roles of Olfactomedin Domain-containing Proteins (Olfm1-3) in Vision, Olfaction, Motor Functions and Anxiety
Afia Sultana, Naoki Nakaya, Stanislav Tomarev
Section on Retinal Ganglion Cell Biology, Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology, NEI
1:55 PM-2:05 PM Break
2:05 PM-3:05 PM Career Development Talk: “Autonomy Dramas and Other Tales From the Lab”
Howard Gadlin, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cooperative Resolution, NIH
3:05 PM-3:15 PM Break
  NEI TRAINEES PRESENTATIONS
3:15 PM-3:40 PM Epigenetic Regulation of Photoreceptor Gene Expression
Hyun-Jin Yang, Anand Swaroop
Retinal Development and Genetics Section, Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory, NEI
3:40 PM-4:05 PM Diagnostic Procedures in Primary Intraocular Lymphoma (PIOL)
Monica Dalal1, Megan Casady2, Emily Moriarty3, Lisa Faia4, Robert Nussenblatt1, Chi-Chao Chan5, H. Nida Sen1
1Clinical Immunology Section, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI; 2University of Maryland School of Medicine; 3Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center; 4Riverside Eye Center, Detroit, MI; 5Immunopathology Section, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI
4:05 PM-4:30 PM Robust Memory of Stable Object Values in the Oculomotor Basal Ganglia
Masaharu Yasuda1, Shinya Yamamoto2, Okihide Hikosaka1
1Neuronal Networks Section, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI; 2AIST, Tsukuba, Japan
4:30 PM-4:45 PM “The Sweet Lobby” Cupcake Social
4:45 PM-5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Awards Presentation
Deborah Carper, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., Scientific Director, and Sarah Sohraby, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Scientific Director, NEI