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James Lepock Memorial Symposium: June 7, 2016

You are cordially invited to attend the James Lepock Memorial Student Symposium. This annual event, hosted by our department, is an excellent chance to get a glimpse of the variety of projects that the students in the department are pursuing. The goal of the symposium is to provide an informal setting where students from the department can present their work to the faculty and their peers. This year’s symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 7th in the Medical Sciences Building. The organizing committee has been working hard to put together an exciting program, including a keynote talk by Dr. Mikhail Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. There will also be a panel discussion on Science Policy and Innovation in Canada featuring Ms. Gail Garland (CEO, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization), Dr. Mehrdad Hariri (CEO, Canadian Science Policy Centre) and Dr. Jim Woodgett (Director, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute).

The day will include two poster sessions, and oral presentations by MSc and PhD students. Lunch and coffee will also be provided. The program will then end with an evening reception, allowing for a great chance to interact with your colleagues.

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Registration for the 2016 James Lepock Memorial Student Symposium is now open: register now!

Symposium Program

Time Event
9:30 - 10:20 am Poster Set-up & Breakfast
10:20 - 10:30 am Opening Remarks
10:30 - 11:30 am MSc Student Oral Presentations

10:30 - 10:50 am Regulation and function of risk SNP associated long noncoding RNA PCAT19 in prostate cancer – Junjie Hua

10:50 - 11:10 am  microRNA-198 targets Wnt signaling to regulate prostate cancer aggression – Jessica Ray

11:10 - 11:30 am  Validation of BOLD fMRI Assessment of Cardiac Pulsatility in the Brain Using Exercise-Induced Hypotension – Athena Theyers

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch & Poster Session

12:00-12:45 pm Poster Session A

12:45-1:30 pm Poster Session B

1:30 - 2:30 pm PhD Student Oral Presentations

1:30 - 1:50 pm Passive acoustic imaging for guiding microbubble-mediated  ultrasound brain therapy – Ryan Jones

1:50 - 2:10 pm  pathDIP : A comprehensive resource for known and predicted human protein-pathway associations – Sara Rahmati

2:10 - 2:30 pm A Novel Neuroblastoma Metastatic Mouse Model Identifies Genes, Pathways and Drugs Regulating Metastasis – Bo Kyung Alex Seong

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm Panel Session on Science Policy and Innovation in Canada: Ms. Gail Garland, Dr. Mehrdad Hariri, and Dr. Jim Woodgett
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm Keynote: Dr. Mikhail Shapiro
5:00 - 8:00 pm Reception and Awards