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NIH Director's Poineer Award

Third Annual NIH Director’s
Pioneer Award Symposium

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland




8:15 a.m. Welcome
Jeremy M. Berg, Ph.D., NIGMS, NIH
8:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Announcement of 2007 Pioneer Award Recipients
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., NIH
8:50 a.m. Dominant Drug Targets in RNA Viruses
Karla Kirkegaard, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
9:10 a.m. New Approaches to Fight Bacterial Infections
Evgeny Nudler, Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine
9:30 a.m. It's a Jungle in There: Explorations of the Human Microbiome
David Relman, M.D., Stanford University
9:50 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Neurogrid: Emulating a Million Neurons in the Cortex
Kwabena Boahen, Ph.D., Stanford University
10:40 a.m. Putting Nanostructures to Work for Biomedical Resrch
Younan Xia, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Loueais
11:00 a.m. Understanding Adaptive Immunity and Its Aberrant Regulation: A Crossroad of the Physical, Life, and Engineering Sciences
Arup Chakraborty, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
11:20 a.m. Moving the Protein Folding Problem from the Test Tube to the Cell
Lila Gierasch, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
11:40 a.m. Protein Biophysics Under Physiological Conditions
Gary Pielak, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Monitoring the Immune System with Synthetic Molecule Microarrays: A New Route to Biomarker Discovery
Thomas Kodadek, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
1:50 p.m. Proteoglycan Interactions with Sonic Hedgehog Are Selectively Required for Mitogenic Responses
Rosalind Segal, M.D., Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2:10 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Making Human Adult Stem Cell Expansion Routine
James Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., Boston Biomedical Research Institute
2:50 p.m. Elucidating Mechanisms of Intracellular Scaling
Rebecca Heald, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
3:10 p.m. Suspended Animation of Non-hibernating Mammals
Cheng Chi Lee, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
3:30 p.m. Concurrent Poster Session and Reception
5:30 p.m. Close
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