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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.

Jul

14

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Jonathan Leis, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title:

Small Molecule Inhibitors that Block the Budding of HIV, HSV-1/2, and Possibly Covid-19

Speaker: Jonathan Leis, PhD/ Professor, Department of Micriobiology-Immunology

Topic:

Viral infections represent a significant global health challenge. Current therapies target viral proteins from a single virus, limiting their utility, and making them vulnerable to drug resistance. An alternative approach would focus on host processes necessary for viral infection. A key step for enveloped viruses is releasing mature particles (budding) from membranes. Blocking this budding process would stop viral spread, but is not currently a therapeutic target. We identified small molecules, called viral budding inhibitors (VBIs) that block budding of HIV-1 and HSV-1/2, and in the former case in the nM range. Since the same VBIs block both viruses, they have potential for broad-spectrum applications including the possibility of blocking budding of CoVir-19. We believe that targeting host rather than viral proteins reduces risks of drug resistance. Importantly, VBIs inhibit viral budding without disrupting normal functions of the host target. If developed into a drug, VBIs would represent a significant advance for treating viral infections worldwide.

Zoom Link:

https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/93254609990?pwd=ejhDbnE3eDJ6SWlxaVZFa2JsbWJOQT09

Meeting ID: 932 5460 9990
Password: 255339

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Jul

15

NSF GRFP Summer Writing Workshop (Day 1)

Online - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides funding towards graduate studies for students in STEM disciplines. The application requires both a research proposal and a personal statement.


This 3-day Workshop will focus on the following:

-General information about the GRFP review process
-Strategies to assist you in introducing yourself to the reviewers
-Techniques to describe your research and extracurricular activities
-Characteristics of successful essays and common pitfalls to avoid

*Wednesday, July 15 4pm to 5:15pm CST

General GRFP information and introduction to the Personal Statement

Friday, July 17 4pm to 5:15pm CST

Personal Statement: Intellectual merit and broader impact

Monday, July 20 4pm to 5:15pm CST

Research Statement

You must register in order to attend these sessions.

Register

Each workshop will build upon the previous session. Feel free to attend one, two, or all. The purpose of these sessions is to give you a jump start for writing your personal and research statements.

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Jul

16

Center for Translational Pain Research Annual Review and Roundtable

Online - 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Zoom
Meeting ID: 994 2873 3688
Password: CTPR
(Please note: Zoom access is restricted to authenticated users. Please log-in to Zoom with your Northwestern or affiliate account in order to join the meeting.)

Review Schedule

9:30 10:30 am A. Vania Apkarian, PhD
Director, Center for Translational Pain Research
Professor of Physiology, Anesthesiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

10:30 11:00 am D. James Surmeier, PhD
Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology

11:00 11:30 am Marco Martina, MD, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

11:30 am 12:00 pm Rajeshwar Awatramani, PhD
Professor of Neurology (Movement Disorders) and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

12:00 12:30 pm Talia Lerner, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology

Roundtable

1:00 2:00 pm Roundtable, led by:

Robert C. Malenka, MD, PhD
Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

The Roundtable is open to all members of the Feinberg community

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Jul

16

Department Town Hall: Diversity & Inclusion

Online - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dear Colleagues,

This is an important time to take stock of our behaviors and practices and make changes that directly improve diversity and inclusion at Feinberg.

Our communities are engaged to create a better normal . It will take all of us, and there must be strong engagement and synergism at all levels. Students at Feinberg have sent a letter to the Dean asking the leadership to address several aspects of the school. ... I am very optimistic that forthcoming changes will have a positive impact on our academic community.

Along these lines I would like our Department to be active and contribute to this change. In the next few weeks, please consider action items and initiatives that we can implement (in the Department) to improve diversity and inclusion at all levels: trainees, staff, faculty. Bring this up to your trainees and staff members, incorporate their suggestions and lets all discuss it in a town meeting after the 4thof July holiday. I realize that we were going to take a break from meetings during the summer, but these are unusual times and we must come together to make these decisions.

... If you cannot be present feel free to send me an email, I would like to hear and include all your comments and suggestions.

I much appreciate your contributions and looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Best,

Luisa

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Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Ph.D.

Stephen Walter Ranson Professor and Chair

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

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Jul

17

Oncology Review

Online - 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Join us online Friday, July 17 for the virtual Oncology Review: Coverage from the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, a comprehensive summary of the most up-to-date research and clinical data presented at ASCO's Annual Meeting.

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Jul

17

NSF GRFP Summer Writing Workshop (Day 2)

Online - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides funding towards graduate studies for students in STEM disciplines. The application requires both a research proposal and a personal statement.


This 3-day Workshop will focus on the following:

-General information about the GRFP review process
-Strategies to assist you in introducing yourself to the reviewers
-Techniques to describe your research and extracurricular activities
-Characteristics of successful essays and common pitfalls to avoid

Wednesday, July 15 4pm to 5:15pm CST

General GRFP information and introduction to the Personal Statement

*Friday, July 17 4pm to 5:15pm CST

Personal Statement: Intellectual merit and broader impact

Monday, July 20 4pm to 5:15pm CST

Research Statement

You must register in order to attend these sessions.

Register

Each workshop will build upon the previous session. Feel free to attend one, two, or all. The purpose of these sessions is to give you a jump start for writing your personal and research statements.

more

Jul

20

NSF GRFP Summer Writing Workshop (Day 3)

Online - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides funding towards graduate studies for students in STEM disciplines. The application requires both a research proposal and a personal statement.


This 3-day Workshop will focus on the following:

-General information about the GRFP review process
-Strategies to assist you in introducing yourself to the reviewers
-Techniques to describe your research and extracurricular activities
-Characteristics of successful essays and common pitfalls to avoid

Wednesday, July 15 4pm to 5:15pm CST

General GRFP information and introduction to the Personal Statement

Friday, July 17 4pm to 5:15pm CST

Personal Statement: Intellectual merit and broader impact

*Monday, July 20 4pm to 5:15pm CST

Research Statement

You must register in order to attend these sessions.

Register

Each workshop will build upon the previous session. Feel free to attend one, two, or all. The purpose of these sessions is to give you a jump start for writing your personal and research statements.

more

Jul

21

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Vania Vidimar, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title: TBA

Speaker: Vania Vidimar, PhD/ Satchell Lab

Host: Karla Satchell, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology-Immunology

Topic: TBA

Zoom Link: TBA

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Aug

04

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Bayar Thimmapaya, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title: TBA

Speaker: Bayar Thimmapaya, PhD / Professor, Dept. of Microbiology-Immunology

Topic: TBA

Zoom Link: TBA

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Aug

11

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Egon Anderson Ozer, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title: TBA

Speaker: Egon Anderson Ozer, PhD / Assistant Professor, Medicine

Topic: TBA

Zoom Link: TBA

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Aug

18

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Laimonis Laimins, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title: TBA

Speaker: Laimonis Laimins, PhD/ Professor and Chair, Dept. of Microbiology-Immunology

Topic: TBA

Zoom Link: TBA

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Aug

25

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title: TBA

Speaker: Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, PhD/ Professor, Dept. of Microbiology-Immunology

Topic: TBA

Zoom Link: TBA

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Sep

01

Department of Microbiology-Immunology Virtual Seminar: Feng Gu, PhD

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Title: TBA

Speaker: Feng Gu, PhD/ Naghavi Lab

Host: Mojgan Naghavi, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology-Immunology

Topic: TBA

Zoom Link: TBA

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Sep

10

Graduate Student Teaching Conference

Online - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

All graduate students with teaching responsibilities at Northwestern are invited to attend and participate in the Graduate Student Teaching Conference (formerly known as the New TA Conference) on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 10AM-2:30PM.

This year s conference will be held online and will support graduate students in teaching both in person and online through three sessions of peer-led workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to attend up to three workshops during the conference and will be added to the Conference Canvas site, which will offer additional resources, materials, and discussion boards to continue the discussion on learning and teaching throughout the year.

The event is free to attend but registration is required.

Registration closes September 4, so register today!

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Sep

14

Annual Narahashi Lecture: Bryan Roth, MD, PhD

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bryan Roth, MD, PhD
Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Protein Therapeutics and
Translational Proteomics
Univeristy of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Sep

18

Department of Physiology Seminar: Helen Bateup, Ph.D.

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Department of Physiology welcomes Dr. Helen Bateup, assistant professor, with University of California, Berkeley.

Research Focus:

Understanding the molecular machinery that allows neurons to both be dynamic and maintain balance is a fundamental goal of our research. Perturbations in synapse and circuit balance are associated with numerous neurological and psychiatric disorders, including epilepsy and autism spectrum disorder. A main focus of our laboratory is to understand how molecular changes associated with these diseases lead to altered neural development and activity. To address this, we are taking a multi-systems approach incorporating molecular, biochemical, electrophysiological, and behavioral analyses in mouse models and patient-derived human cells.

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Sep

21

Pharmacology Seminar: Jennifer K. Richer, Ph.D.

Chicago - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jennifer K. Richer, Ph.D.
Tenured Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Co-Leader, Tumor Host Interactions Program, University of Colorado Cancer Center

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