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The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine holds regular events, conferences and seminars. Find out more below.

Nov

20

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship funds graduate students only. Their priorities fall into the following three categories:

1) Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training)
2) Independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.
3) Publications focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.

Northwestern University may select only three nomineed for this competition. Internal Deadline: Friday, Dec. 13th @ 12:00 noon. Contact Stephen Hill (s-hill@northwestern.edu) for more information about the internal application process.

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Nov

20

Something to Talk About: Explore Winter

Evanston - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you ready to experience another Chicago winter? Will this be your first time experiencing winter in Chicago? The good news is that you do not have to stay stuck indoors during winter.

English Language Programs (ELP) encourages you to get out and experience winter! They will talk about a variety of winter activity options both local and throughout the state. This is a perfect opportunity to start making plans for your winter break or for a winter weekend adventure!

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Nov

20

"Using Developmental Pathways to Stimulate Organ Regeneration" FCVRRI Lectureship

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented By:


Kristy Red-Horse, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Stanford University

Feinberg Cardiovascular & Renal Research Institute

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Nov

21

Teaching International Students: Diversifying Your Classroom

Evanston - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop Description:

With a growing number of international students, classroom environments are becoming more diverse. When designing a course, embracing different cultures and background knowledge can be challenging. From this workshop, participants will learn how to acknowledge and bridge the differences international students bring into the classroom and to improve classroom climate.

About the Facilitators:

Eunice Bae is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department. She has been a teaching assistance for General and Physical chemistry laboratory courses at Northwestern. She is part of chemistry graduate student teachers (CGST), which is an organization in the chemistry department to foster graduate students as teachers and to improve learning experiences for undergraduate students.

Utsav Manjeer is a PhD candidate in the department of Economics. His main field of interest is in development economics and as part of his research, he has worked in Ghana, India and Rwanda and the US.Prior to that, Utsav obtained his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Cornell university and attended high school in India. Teaching being an integral interest of Utsav s curriculum, he has TA-ed several classes and led a workshop for new TAs in the past.

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Nov

21

Snack Time with TGS in Honor of 150 Years of Women at Northwestern

Chicago - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for Snack Time with TGS in Honor of 150 Years of Women at Northwestern on Thursday, November 21 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM in the Women s Center Community Room 1400, Abbott Hall.

TGS students and postdocs are invited to enjoy a quick break to eat, relax, and mingle with TGS deans as we celebrate this important milestone and recognize some of the women trailblazers from our graduate community.

Registration is encouraged but not required.

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Nov

21

NICO Data Science Night

Evanston - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by Northwestern University graduate students and scholars. Each night features refreshments, a talk on data science techniques or applications, and a hacking night with data science projects or learning groups of your choice. Aspiring, beginning, and advanced data scientists are welcome!

SPEAKER: Daniel W. Linna Jr. - Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

TOPIC: Artificial Intelligence and Law: Creating our Augmented, Automated, Audacious Future

AGENDA:

- 6:15 PM: Socializing and Refreshments
- 6:30 PM: Presentation by Dr. Daniel W. Linna Jr.
- 7:00 PM - Hacking session: working groups plus an Introduction to Data Science in Python for newcomers by Dr. Nicolay Markov

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Nov

22

22nd Annual Oncology Nursing Conference

Chicago - 7:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Topic:
Caring for Our Patients and Ourselves

Keynote:
Nursing Roles in the Education of a CAR T-Cell Therapy Patient and Caregiver
Alix Beaupierre, RN, BSN, OCN
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

On Friday, November 22, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University will host the 22nd Annual Oncology Nursing Conference, Caring for Our Patients and Ourselves. This highly visible and successful conference attracts more than 250 oncology nurses from throughout the Midwest to discuss the latest topics of interest in oncology nursing.

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Nov

22

Mechanisms of Remodeling in Human Heart Failure

Chicago - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Igor R. Efimov, PhD
The Alisann and Terry Collins Professor and Chairman,
Department of Biomedical Engineering
George Washington University

Animal models of cardiac diseases have been studied for decades to investigate the mechanisms of arrhythmia initiation and maintenance with the aim to develop life-saving prevention and therapy. However, few clinical advances resulted from these investigations so far. Many mechanistic discoveries made by cardiac electrophysiologists using animal models failed to translate to humans. For example, despite significant efforts of the generations of scientists, we do not have effective pharmacological agents preventing or aborting sudden cardiac death caused by ventricular fibrillation. To address this problem our laboratory conducted for more than a decade experimental investigations of arrhythmia mechanisms in explanted human hearts procured from patients undergoing transplant or donors whose hearts were not used for transplantation. Omics studies employing genome, proteome, transcriptome and other molecular biology approaches revealed that pathological mechanisms usually multifactorial and often cannot be reduced to a single gene or protein defect. Furthermore, pro-arrhythmic SNPs identified by GWAS studies are predominantly located in the regulatory but not in the protein-coding regions of DNA. Moreover, SNPs in the regulatory elements could have impact on transcription of multiple genes. Optical and electrical mapping studies revealed the mechanisms of normal and pathological electrophysiology specific to human, which often differ from those previously discovered in animal models. However, arrhythmias in the human heart follow fundamental principles of arrhythmia initiation and maintenance conceptually described by non-linear dynamics theory during the last century.

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Nov

22

International Fellowships for STEM Study and Research

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

International Education Week Event! Come hear Stephen Hill and Jason Kelly Roberts from the NU Office of Fellowships discuss fellowships options for STEM students hoping to research abroad. They will discuss how to identify fellowships appropriate for a particular project and identify ways that non-US citizens can also find funding.

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Nov

22

“New tools to record neuronal network dynamics in models of disease.”

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Peyman Golshani, Ph.D.

We have developed new open-source miniaturized microscopy tools to to record neuronal dynamics in freely behaving animals. These tools include wireless miniaturized microscopes, large-field of view scopes, light field miniaturized microscopes for 3-dimensional imaging, multichannel miniaturized microscopes, and microscopes integrated with multichannel electrophysiology. These tools are being shared with the community through miniscope.org as they are each finalized. We have used some of these tools to record network dynamics in the hippocampus of a temporal lobe models of epilepsy. We have found dramatic imprecision and instability of place cells in these models.

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Nov

22

CIRTL at Northwestern Information Session

Evanston - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) for pizza and to learn about their programs from past participants as well as opportunities for STEM and social science grad students and postdocs to earn CIRTL certification.

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Nov

23

Experience Northwestern: Northwestern vs. Minnesota Football Game

Evanston - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us at our Experience Northwestern event:

Northwestern Football vs. Minnesota on Saturday, November 23 at Ryan Field (time TBD)!

LET'S GO 'CATS!

Tickets
Tickets are FREE to TGS students (limit one ticket per student). Our tickets are in the same block of seating. If you wish to sit with a TGS friend, we encourage you to stop by our office together to pick up your tickets so you can sit next to each other. Otherwise, you may be able to move around during the event to sit by your friends.

We are unable to offer tickets to non-TGS students per University policy. If you have a friend who wishes to attend but is ineligible to receive a ticket from TGS, they may purchase tickets here.

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Nov

24

Drunk Shakespeare with GWAN

Off-Campus - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Need a comedic respite from your busy grad life? Join Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN) at Drunk Shakespeare for a well-deserved afternoon break! Watch as a professional actor downs at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play! Hilarity and mayhem are sure to ensue, as the remaining sober actors try and keep the script on track.

Subsidized tickets are now available to purchase for $15. Sign up now, tickets are limited!

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Nov

25

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Info Session

Evanston - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship funds graduate students only. Their priorities fall into the following three categories:

1) Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).
2) Independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.
3) Publications focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.

Northwestern University may select only three nomineed for this competition.

Internal Deadline: Friday, Dec. 13th @ 12:00 noon. Contact Stephen Hill (s-hill@northwestern.edu) for more information about the internal application process.

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Nov

25

Serotonergic Monitoring of Peripheral Inflammation: Clues to an Autism Treatment?

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.
Executive Director of FAU Brain Institute
Professor of Biomedical Science
Florida Atlantic University

Epidemiological, post-mortem and gene network analyses have pointed to changes in inflammatory signaling pathways as a contribution to risk of autism. How such changes lead to alterations in brain development and function remain ill-defined. Previously, we identified an IL-1R activated p38 MAPK signaling pathway as central to the posttranslational control of serotonin signaling via modulation of presynaptic serotonin transporter (SERT) function, consistent with recent findings of significant expression of Il-1Rs by serotonin neurons. The possibility that an IL-1R/p38 MAPK/SERT signaling pathway might have disease relevance became of interest with our identification in subjects with autism of multiple, rare, hyperfunctional SERT coding variants that display constitutive p38 MAPK-dependent activation. With a knock-in mouse expressing the most common of these variants, SERT Ala56, we demonstrated elevated CNS serotonin clearance in vivo, and demonstrate changes in CNS and GI physiology and behavior consistent with constitutive-activation of SERT function. Recently, using brain penetrant, isoform-specific, p38 MAPK inhibitors, as well as conditional, serotonin neuron-specific elimination of p38 MAPK, we have been able to normalize multiple changes in these mice. Together, our studies point to the normal use of an IL-1R/p38 MAPK signaling pathway targeting SERT in serotonin neurons to modulate behavior in response to CNS and/or peripheral innate immune system activation. Inappropriate or excessive activation of this pathway during early life may contribute to one or more facets of autism that may be manipulated through pharmacological p38 MAPK inhibition.

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Nov

26

Basic Research Seminar: The Regulation of the Heat Shock Response in C. elegans

Chicago - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Basic Research Seminar Series of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University presents:

The Regulation of the Heat Shock Response in C. elegans

Sandy Westerheide, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
University of South Florida

Host: Robin Leikin, PhD

Light lunch provided.

The Basic Research Seminar series presents prominent basic science speakers weekly to inspire and promote ongoing cancer research at Northwestern University.

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Nov

28

Department of Surgery Research Conference

Chicago - 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Research residents, postdocs, staff, and other present their research projects in a bimonthly conference. Any Faculty and Research Staff are welcome to attend and learn.

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Dec

01

Experience Northwestern: Northwestern vs. DePaul Women’s Basketball Game

Evanston - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us at our Experience Northwestern event:

Northwestern Women's Basketball vs. DePaul on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 PM at the Welsh-Ryan Arena!

LET'S GO 'CATS!

Tickets
Tickets are FREE to TGS students (limit one ticket per student). Our tickets are in the same block of seating. If you wish to sit with a TGS friend, we encourage you to stop by our office together to pick up your tickets so you can sit next to each other. Otherwise, you may be able to move around during the event to sit by your friends.

We are unable to offer tickets to non-TGS students per University policy. If you have a friend who wishes to attend but is ineligible to receive a ticket from TGS, they may purchase tickets here.

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Dec

02

Direct Activation of Potassium Channels by Neurotransmitters and Ancient Medicines

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Geoffrey W. Abbott, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics
University of California Irvine

-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in vertebrate CNS. The canonical action of GABA is via binding to neuronal GABA receptors (GABARs) to induce hyperpolarization by intrinsic (GABAA/CRs) or extrinsic (GABABRs) ion channel activation. Voltage-gated potassium channels KCNQ2-5, especially KCNQ2/3 heteromers, generate the neuronal M-current, another important hyperpolarizing force. Here, we discuss our recent finding that GABA and related metabolites directly activate KCNQ2/3 channels, and KCNQ2/3-dependently hyperpolarizes cells, with sensitivity comparable to the most sensitive / / GABAARs. We identified the M-channel GABA binding site as KCNQ3-W265, a position conserved for >500 million years in deuterostome clades but absent in protostomes and in cardiac-expressed KCNQ1. M-channel activation is a novel, unexpected mechanism for physiological and therapeutic inhibitory actions of GABA and analogues. This work has led to further discoveries in KCNQ channel pharmacology, including isolation of a potent KCNQ channel activator from cilantro. We also found that activation of the vascular-expressed KCNQ5 is a common mechanism for a variety of genetically and culturally diverse hypotensive botanical folk medicines. The implications of this work will be discussed with respect to KCNQ channel physiology, pharmacology and drug discovery.

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Dec

02

Metabolism, Organelles and Membranes (MOM) Program Meeting

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lurie Cancer Center's Membranes, Organelles and Metabolism (MOM) Program presents:

Hexokinase 1 Subcellular Localization Mediates Inflammatory Cytokine Production Through Regulation of GAPDH Activity
Adam De Jesus
PhD Candidate
Laboratory of Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Genomic Coordination of Hepatic Lipid Metabolism and Fasting by BCL6
Meredith Sommars, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Laboratory of Grant D Barish, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Light refreshments provided.

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Dec

03

Basic Research Seminar: EphA2 RTK, Glutamine Metabolism, and Anti-Tumor Immunity

Chicago - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Basic Research Seminar Series of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University presents:

EphA2 RTK, Glutamine Metabolism, and Anti-Tumor Immunity

Jin Chen, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Professor of Cancer Biology
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Vanderbilt University

Host: Yong Wan, PhD

Light lunch provided.

The Basic Research Seminar series presents prominent basic science speakers weekly to inspire and promote ongoing cancer research at Northwestern University.

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Dec

03

Department of Microbiology-Immunology: J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: Next Generation Precision Animal Models for Biomedical Research

Speaker: J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD

Host: Mojgan Naghavi,phD

Topic:

The applications of current humanized mouse models for biomedical research would be significantly broadened by the inclusion of human non-hematopoietic cell types, the primary targets of most human pathogens, that can present antigen to autologous human immune cells in the full context of HLA. When epithelial, endothelial, mesenchymal and smooth muscle cells are incorporated into humanized BLT mice, emerging and clinically relevant human pathogens such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Zika virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and cytomegalovirus replicate in vivo in these models. Direct inoculation of the model with HCMV induces HCMV-specific human IgM, IgG and T cell responses that can effectively control infection in vivo. These new models can be used to study pathogen replication, pathogenesis, immune reactivity and human therapies in the context of a fully functional human immune system.

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Dec

03

Alliance of Chicago Minority Students presents Controversial Conversations: "Queen & Slim"

Off-Campus - 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Join the Alliance of Chicago Minority Students (ACMS) at the movies as they watch and unpack Lena Waithe's new movie "Queen & Slim" on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 PM at AMC Dine-In 600 North Michigan 9 Theater.

This film documents the journey of a modern-day Bonnie & Clyde (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith) following a traffic-stop gone wrong. Queen & Slim touches on controversial topics surrounding discrimination and police brutality. Tickets are FREE* and include popcorn and drinks!

RSVP below. Use password: ACMSMOVIENIGHT

*A $5 deposit will be required to hold your place and will be fully refunded upon your arrival.

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Dec

06

From pain to defensive actions: saliency detection as a reactive process - Giandomenico Iannetti, MD, PhD

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Giandomenico Iannetti, MD, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Neuroscience and Behaviour Laboratory
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rome
Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
University College London

Remote Meeting Access
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The nervous system relates us to the rest of the world through perception and action: environmental information is continuously used to make decisions resulting in actions appropriate to achieve the ultimate objectives of life, survival and reproduction. For this reason, nervous systems are particularly sensitive towards the detection of sudden environmental events that need to be rapidly acted upon and imperil survival - a typical example being transient nociceptive stimuli causing pain. These stimuli elicit extremely large brain responses, which have been traditionally used to build models of where and how painful percepts are generated in the human brain, and, more recently, to infer whether an individual is in pain.

I will provide evidence that this dominant view is incorrect. Instead, I will suggest that the largest part of these brain responses reflect a basic mechanism through which the human brain detects and purposefully reacts to behaviourally-relevant sensory events, regardless of their perceptual quality. I will describe a basic physiological mechanisms that couples these saliency-related cortical responses with an activation of the motor system, indicating that saliency detection is not merely perceptive but reactive, preparing the animal for subsequent appropriate actions.

I will finally show how stimuli occurring near the body elicit stronger behavioural and physiological responses. This phenomenon, which makes evolutionary sense (a predator within striking distance is more salient than one farther away), led to the concept of peripersonal space (PPS). The common and intuitive description of PPS as a single, distance-based, in-or-out zone, is however contradicted by empirical data. I propose a reconceptualization that incorporates PPS into mainstream theories of action selection and behaviour.

Giandomenico Iannetti, MD, PhD, directs the Neuroscience and Behaviour Laboratory of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and is Professor of Neuroscience at University College London (UCL). He leads a multidisciplinary research group (www.iannettilab.net) working on sensorimotor neuroscience in humans and rodents. After a PhD from the University of Rome La Sapienza (2003) and a post-doc/lectureship at the University of Oxford (2003-2009), in 2009 he moved to University College London (UCL), where in 2014 was appointed Full Professor of Neuroscience. In 2018 he joined the Italian Institute of Technology. His research has been funded by programme grants of the Royal Society, Wellcome Trust, European Research Council and Medical Research Council.

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Dec

06

TEAM/SBDRC Seminar: Posttranslational Modifications in Carcinogenesis and Cancer Therapy

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's TEAM Program and Northwestern's Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center present:

Posttranslational Modifications in Carcinogenesis and Cancer Therapy

Yong Wan, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine) and Pharmacology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Refreshments will be provided.

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Dec

07

Experience Northwestern: Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra Concert

Evanston - 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us at our Experience Northwestern event:

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra Concert on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall!

The symphony orchestra will be performing:

- Jules Massenet, Overture to Ph dre
- Camille Saint-Sa ns, Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major ( Egyptian )
- Maurice Ravel, Valses nobles et sentimentales and La valse

Tickets
Tickets are FREE to TGS students (limit one ticket per student). Our tickets are in the same block of seating. If you wish to sit with a TGS friend, we encourage you to stop by our office together to pick up your tickets so you can sit next to each other. Otherwise, you may be able to move around during the event to sit by your friends.

We are unable to offer tickets to non-TGS students per University policy. If you have a friend who wishes to attend but is ineligible to receive a ticket from TGS, they may purchase tickets here.

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Dec

09

Basic Research Seminar: Biology and Vulnerabilities of Circulating Tumor Cells

Chicago - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Basic Research Seminar Series of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University and the Department of Pharmacology present:

Biology and Vulnerabilities of Circulating Tumor Cells

Nicola Aceto, Ph.D.
Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor of Oncology
Faculty of Medicine, Department of BioMedicine
University of Basel

Host: Huiping Liu, MD, PhD

Light refreshments provided.

The Basic Research Seminar series presents prominent basic science speakers weekly to inspire and promote ongoing cancer research at Northwestern University.

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Dec

09

Biology and Vulnerabilities of Circulating Tumor Cells

Chicago - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Nicola Aceto, Ph.D.
SNSF Assistant Professor of Oncology
Cancer Metastasis Laboratory
Department of Biomedicine
University of Basel and University Hospital Basel

Abstract: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are key players in the metastatic process. With a combination of microfluidic technologies and single cell-resolution molecular analysis applied to breast cancer patients and mouse models, we gained fundamental insights into the biology and vulnerabilities of CTCs. For instance, we found that physical features such as their ability to form multicellular CTC clusters enable molecular changes that promote stemness and metastasis, allowing us to define new treatments to suppress metastatic spread, including the use of ion channel inhibitors. Further, we investigated CTC heterogeneity at the single cell level, revealing fundamental interactions that occur between CTCs and immune cells and that accelerate metastasis formation. Thus, our findings support a model whereby CTCs form multicellular aggregates with each other as well as with immune cells to expand their metastatic potential, providing a new rationale for targeting these interactions in breast cancer.

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Dec

10

Department of Microbiology-Immunology: Joseph Sun, PhD

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: Epigenetic Control of Innate and Adaptive Lymphocyte Responses

Speaker : Joseph Sun, PhD

Host: Chyung-Ru Wang, PhD

Topic:

Clonal expansion and immunological memory are hallmark features of the mammalian adaptive immune response and essential for prolonged host control of pathogens. Recent work demonstrated that natural killer (NK) cells of the innate immune system also exhibit these adaptive traits during infection. Here we demonstrate that differentiating and memory NK cells possess distinct chromatin accessibility states, and that their epigenetic profiles reveal a poised regulatory program at the memory stage. Furthermore, we elucidate how individual STAT transcription factors differentially control epigenetic and transcriptional states early during infection. Finally, concurrent chromatin profiling of the canonical CD8+ T cell response against the same infection demonstrated parallel and distinct epigenetic signatures defining NK cells and CD8+ T cells. Overall, our study reveals the dynamic nature of epigenetic modifications during the generation of innate and adaptive lymphocyte memory.

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Dec

11

Cancer and Physical Sciences (CAPS) Webinar - The NUANCE Center: An Overview with Focus on the BioCryo Facility

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cancer and Physical Sciences (CAPS) Webinar:

The NUANCE Center: An Overview with Focus on the BioCryo Facility

Reiner Bleher, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
Northwestern University

To join the webinar: https://bluejeans.com/764792695

To join via phone:

1) +1.312.216.0325 (US - Chicago)
+1.408.317.9253 (Alternate number)
+1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free)
Global Numbers: www.bluejeans.com/premium-numbers
2) Enter Meeting ID: 764 792 695
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Dec

12

Department of Surgery Research Conference

Chicago - 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Research residents, postdocs, staff, and other present their research projects in a bimonthly conference. Any Faculty and Research Staff are welcome to attend and learn.

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Dec

13

CANCELLED - Department of Physiology Seminar - Hyunsoo Shawn Je, Ph.D.

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Hyunsoo Shawn Je, Ph.D.

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Dec

13

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Deadline

No Location - 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Campus Deadline for Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship. Send all application materials in one pdf to Stephen Hill in the office of fellowships.

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Dec

17

Basic Research Seminar: Curing Cancer with Differentiation Therapy

Chicago - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Basic Research Seminar Series of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University presents:

Curing Cancer with Differentiation Therapy

John D Crispino, PhD
Robert I. Lurie, MD, and Lora S. Lurie Professor
Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Light lunch provided.

The Basic Research Seminar series presents prominent basic science speakers weekly to inspire and promote ongoing cancer research at Northwestern University.

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Dec

17

Department of Microbiology-Immunology: Jan Carette, PhD

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: Genetic Dissection of Viral Pathogenesis and Host Defense

Speaker: Jan Carette, PhD

Host: Gregory A. Smith PhD

Topic:

Emerging and re-emerging viruses pose a constant threat to human health. Through advanced genetic screens we have identified proteins with critical roles in the replication of medically important viruses from diverse families including Ebola virus, rhinovirus, enterovirus, dengue virus, and hepatitis C virus. In addition, we have discovered a key cellular receptor for the AAV gene therapy vector. We are studying the molecular details on how the viruses have hijacked these host components to facilitate their pathogenesis and are characterizing the roles they play in human biology and infectious disease.

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Dec

18

"Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells" Didactic Lecture

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by:

Paul W Burridge, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Northwestern University

Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute

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Dec

19

Dissecting the Neural Circuits Driving Pain-Induced Negative Affect - Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD

Chicago - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Washington University Pain Center
Washington University School of Medicine

Remote Meeting Access
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Quality of life for patients suffering from chronic pain is impacted by co-morbidities such as prolonged negative affective states. These include decreased reward valance and diminished motivation to perform goal-directed behaviors. Current pharmacological treatments focus mainly on the nociceptive component of pain, leaving severe emotional disturbances understudied and poorly treated. Twenty five percent of patients experiencing pain misuse drugs of abuse, a maladaptive behavior that can lead to involuntary overdose and/or addiction. As the opioid epidemic in the US continues to worsen, it is critical that we determine the factors and neural circuits contributing to this severe public health issue. The negative consequences of persistent pain are likely mediated by dynamic adaptations in the central nervous system; however, the mechanisms responsible for the development of pain-induced negative affective states are not well understood. Prior work has revealed that the dynorphin-kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system, in discrete brain regions, decreases the reinforcing properties of rewards and induces dysphoria and aversive behaviors. Data presented here demonstrates that the dynorphin-KOR system in the mesolimbic pathway represents an important target for therapeutical approaches in the treatment of pain-induced negative affect.

Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD, is a full Professor of Anesthesiology, Neuroscience and Psychiatry. His primary appointment is in the Washington University Pain Center in the basic research section. After completing his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona (Spain), he was awarded a fellowship to join the intramural program at NIDA to work in the laboratory of Dr. Toni Shippenberg, a pioneer in the field of opioid pharmacology. Then, Dr. Moron-Concepcion continued his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Lakshmi Devi at Mount Sinai, where he continued his studies on the mechanisms of opioid dependence. After completing his training, Dr. Moron-Concepcion moved to Columbia University in New York, where he was on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology for 6 years. He finally joined the faculty of Washington University on October 1, 2015. Research in his laboratory is focused in understanding the mechanisms underlying opioid addiction and the intersection with pain. In addition, his lab is interested in elucidating mechanisms underlying pain in the central nervous system and in the periphery.

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Jan

09

Department of Surgery Research Conference

Chicago - 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Research residents, postdocs, staff, and other present their research projects in a bimonthly conference. Any Faculty and Research Staff are welcome to attend and learn.

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Jan

10

Special dual M-I/Virology Club: Dr. Noam Stern-Ginossar

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"TBD"

Dr. Noam Stern-Ginossar. Weizmann Institute of Science.

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Jan

15

"Introduction to Speckle Tracking Echocardiography" Didactic Lecture

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented By:

Lauren Nelson, MS, RDCS, FASE
Technical Director, Northwestern University Echocardiography Core Laboratory
Technical Director, T1 Center for Cardiovascular Developmental Therapeutics
Department of Medicine-Cardiology
Northwestern University


Feinberg Cardiovascular & Renal Research Institute

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Jan

23

Department of Surgery Research Conference

Chicago - 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Research residents, postdocs, staff, and other present their research projects in a bimonthly conference. Any Faculty and Research Staff are welcome to attend and learn.

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Jan

26

Experience Northwestern: Northwestern vs. Ohio State Men’s Basketball Game

Evanston - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us at our Experience Northwestern event:

Northwestern Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State on Sunday, January 26 at the Welsh-Ryan Arena (time TBD)!

LET'S GO 'CATS!

Tickets
Tickets are FREE to TGS students (limit one ticket per student). Our tickets are in the same block of seating. If you wish to sit with a TGS friend, we encourage you to stop by our office together to pick up your tickets so you can sit next to each other. Otherwise, you may be able to move around during the event to sit by your friends.

We are unable to offer tickets to non-TGS students per University policy. If you have a friend who wishes to attend but is ineligible to receive a ticket from TGS, they may purchase tickets when they are on sale to the public.

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Jan

31

Department of Physiology Seminar - Tiyani Mao, Ph.D.

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Tiyani Mao, Ph.D.

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Feb

07

Department of Physiology Seminar - Simon Alford, Ph.D.

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Simon Alford, Ph.D.

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Feb

07

TEAM/SBDRC Seminar: Development of a B-Cell-Based Vaccine to Treat Glioblastoma

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's TEAM Program and Northwestern's Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center present:

Development of a B-Cell-Based Vaccine to Treat Glioblastoma

Catalina Lee Chang, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Refreshments will be provided.

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Feb

13

Department of Surgery Research Conference

Chicago - 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Research residents, postdocs, staff, and other present their research projects in a bimonthly conference. Any Faculty and Research Staff are welcome to attend and learn.

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Feb

13

Virology Club: Dr. Jia Chen

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"TBD"

Dr. Jia Chen. longnecker Lab. Northwestern University.

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Feb

14

Department of Physiology Seminar - Adam Hantmann, Ph.D.

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Adam Hantmann, Ph.D.

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Feb

21

Department of Physiology Seminar - Melissa Warden, Ph.D.

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The department of Physiology welcomes Melissa Warden, Ph.D.

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