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Academic Symposia are hosted throughout the year to honor, celebrate, and acknowledge scientific achievements of the University's faculty, as well as national and international leaders spanning various fields of research.
2014


Monday, April 28, 2014
The Cryo-Electron Microscopy Symposium
A Revolution for Structural Biology: Electron Microscopy of Macromolecules at Atomic Resolution
10:00 am: Good Progress Towards Realizing the Full Potential of Electron Cryomicroscopy, Richard Henderson, Ph.D., programme leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
11:15 am: Membrane Protein Structure Determination by Single Particle Cryo-EM, Yifan Cheng, Ph.D., associate professor, department of biochemistry and biophysics, University of California, San Francisco
1:30 pm: Investigating the Dynamics of Molecular Machines Using Automated EM, Bridget Carragher, Ph.D., director, National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy, and professor of cell biology, department of integrative structural and computational biology, The Scripps Research Institute
2:15 pm: Atomic Model of the R2 Pyocin Reveals How Energy is Stored to Kill"", Hong Zhou, Ph.D., professor, department of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, and director, Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines, University of California, Los Angeles
3:15 pm: EM Approaches to Study Lipid-Protein Interactions, Thomas Walz, Ph.D., professor, department of cell biology, Harvard Medical School; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
http://www.rockefeller.edu/Cryo-EM

Thursday, June 05, 2014
Leptin and Metabolic Disease: A Special Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the Discovery of Leptin
Welcome, Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, The Rockefeller University; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Symposium Session I: Leptin Physiology and Pathophysiology, Phillip Gorden, M.D., senior investigator, diabetes, endocrinology and obesity branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
Sadaf Farooqi, M.D., Ph.D., Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and professor of metabolism and medicine, department of clinical biochemisty, University of Cambridge
Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., dean and Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Umut Ozcan, M.D., associate in medicine, department of medicine and endocrinology, Boston Children's Hospital; associate professor, department of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
3:30 pm: Roger Unger, M.D., professor and Touchstone/West Distinguished Chair in Diabetes Research, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Tamas L. Horvath, Ph.D., D.V.M., Jean and David W. Wallace Professor, comparative medicine, neurobiology, obstetrics and gynecology; chair, section of comparative medicine, Yale School of Medicine
http://www.rockefeller.edu/leptin-symposium

Thursday, June 05, 2014
Leptin and Metabolic Disease: A Special Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the Discovery of Leptin
Leptin at 20: Body Weight Regulation and the Hunger Hormone
6:00 pm: Welcome: Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., president, Carson Family Professor and head, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University
Introductory Remarks and Moderator, Joseph Goldstein, M.D., Julie and Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Research; chairman, department of molecular genetics, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, The Rockefeller University; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Michael S. Brown, M.D., Paul J. Thomas Professor of Molecular Genetics and director, Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Phillip Gorden, M.D., senior investigator, diabetes, endocrinology and obesity branch, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., dean and Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Stephen O'Rahilly, M.D., co-director, Institute of Metabolic Research; director, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories; director, Metabolic Diseases Unit; professor, clinical biochemistry and medicine, University of Cambridge
http://www.rockefeller.edu/leptin-symposium

Friday, June 06, 2014
Leptin and Metabolic Disease: A Special Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the Discovery of Leptin
8:30 am: Symposium Session II: Leptin and the Neural Circuit Regulating Appetite, Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, The Rockefeller University; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Neural Circuits Controlling Hunger, Scott M. Sternson, Ph.D., group leader, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Leptin Receptor Signaling and Transcriptional Control, Martin Myers, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, internal medicine; associate professor, molecular and integrative physiology, University of Michigan Health System
Unraveling the CNS Pathways Underlying the Effects of Leptin to Regulate Glucose Homeostasis, Joel Elmquist, Ph.D., D.V.M., Macline Family Distinguished Professor in Medical Science; Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research, UT Southwestern Medical Center
10:30 am: Leptin Sensitivity: A Role for ROS, Sabrina Diano, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, professor of comparative sciences, professor of neurobiology and director, Reproductive Neurosciences Group, Yale University
Material Programming of Hypothalamic Neurocircuits in Control of Energy and Glucose Homeostasis, Jens C. Brüning, M.D., director, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research
A Story Not about Leptin, Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, The Rockefeller University; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
1:00 pm: Symposium Session III: Leptin as a Therapeutic, Alexander M. DePaoli, M.D., vice president, Translational Research NGM Biopharmaceuticals; senior endocrinologist, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Leptin's Roles in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Lipodystrophy, Rebecca J. Brown, M.D., M.H.Sc., assistant clinical investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Leptin in Relation to Neuroendocrine Regulation: From the Nucleoside to the Bedside, Christos S. Mantzoros, M.D., D.Sc., professor, department of medicine, Harvard Medical School; chief, endocrinology, VA Boston Healthcare System; director, human nutrition unit, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
http://www.rockefeller.edu/leptin-symposium

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Special Scientific Symposium
3:00 pm: Welcome, Marc Tessier-Levigne, Ph.D., president, Carson Family Professor and head, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University
3:15 pm: Introduction of John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka, Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor and head, Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, The Rockefeller University; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
3:30 pm: The Stability and Reversal of Cell Differentiation by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, John B. Gurdon, D.Phil., emeritus professor, department of zoology, University of Cambridge
4:15 pm: Recent Progress in iPS Cell Research and Application, Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Koyoto University

Thursday, October 23, 2014
A Gut Microbiome-Brain Interaction Symposium
1:40 pm: Unexpected Roles of RORgamma-t and Pro-inflammatory Th17 Cells, Jun R. Huh, Ph.D., assistant professor, division of infectious diseases and immunology, department of medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
2:10 pm: Microbiota and Neurodevelopmental Windows: Implications for Brain Disorders, John F. Cryan, Ph.D., professor and chair, department of anatomy and neuroscience, University College Cork
3:00 pm: Gut Microbiome Brain Communication in Humans, Emeran A. Mayer, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, psychiatry and physiology; director, Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, University of California, Los Angeles
3:30 pm: Gut-Brain Axis: How the Microbiome Influences Behavior, Jane A. Foster, Ph.D., department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, McMaster University
4:00 pm: A Bioimmunomodulatory Approach for Prevention of Stress-Related Psychiatric Disorders and their Medical Comorbidity, Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D., associate professor, department of integrative physiology and center for neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder
4:50 pm: Maternal Stress and the Vaginal Microbiome: Impacts on Neurodevelopment, Tracy L. Bale, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience; director, neuroscience center, University of Pennysylvania
5:20 pm: Microbiome-Gut Brain Interactions in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Elaine Y. Hsiao, Ph.D., senior research fellow, division of biology and biological engineering, California Institute of Technology
http://www.rockefeller.edu/microbiome

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Channels, Currents, and Computation: A Symposium in Honor of the Centenary of Sir Alan Hodgkin
9:30 am: Architecture and Dynamics of Neurotransmitter Receptors and Transporters at Chemical Synapses, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
10:00 am: Building and Manipulating Firing Rate Set Points, Gina Turrigiano, Ph.D., Brandeis University
11:00 am: Dynamic Regulation of Signaling Pathways in Dopamine Neurons: The Intracellular Actions of Amphetamines, Susan G. Amara, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health
11:30 am: Physical/Biochemical Limitations in Visual and Olfactory Transduction, King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., John Hopkins University School of Medicine
12:00 pm: Ion Channels and Brain Energy Use, David Attwell, Ph.D., University College London
2:00 pm: Sir Alan Agonistes: A Weird Channel for a Weird Ion, Chris Miller, Ph.D., Brandeis University
2:30 pm: The Intimate Life of K Channels: Lipid Control of Inward Rectifiers, Colin G. Nichols, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine
3:00 pm: The Biophysics and Physiology of Resurgent Current of Neuronal Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels, Indira M. Raman, Ph.D., Northwestern University
4:00 pm: TRP Channels of the Pain Pathway: Connecting Physiology to Atomic Structure, David Julius, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
4:30 pm: How Do You Feel? Ion Channels Involved in Sensing Mechanical Force, Ardem Patapoutian, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute
http://www.rockefeller.edu/hodgkin




 
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