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James Lepock Memorial Symposium: May 29, 2014

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 Thursday, May 29 in the Toronto General Hospital Helliwell Centre. The organizing committee has been working hard to put together an exciting program, including keynote talks by MBP's very own Dr. Robert Kerbel, senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), and Dr. Shawn Chen, senior investigator in the Laboratory For Molecular Imaging & Nanomedicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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.

This is a spectacular opportunity to show off your research to the department and to get feedback from other students and faculty members. Presenting a poster or talk is also a great addition to your CV. There will be prizes for the best poster presentations and talks.

For any questions regarding the event, please email us at

Registration and Submission

Abstract submission for the 2014 James Lepock Memorial Student Symposium has now closed. Those of you who submitted an abstract will receive an email with further details regarding your presentation. There will be prizes for the best poster presentations and talks.

Online registration has now closed. On-site registration will open at 8 am in the Toronto General Hospital Helliwell Centre.

Symposium Program

Time Event
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast, Registration & Poster Set-Up
8:45 – 9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00 am Opening Keynote: Dr. Robert Kerbel (Sunnybrook Research Institute) Translational oncology 101: evaluating cancer drug efficacy and mechanisms in models of post-surgical metastatic disease
10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:35 am M.Sc. Student Oral Presentations   10:15 am, Laura Burgess Topical Molecular Beacons for In Vivo Image-Guided Resection of Oral Carcinoma   10:35 am, Sanduni Liyanage Targeting the mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma as a novel therapeutic strategy for acute myeloid leukemia   10:55 am, Adrienne Siu Detection of diffuse myocardial fibrosis using collagen-specific magnetic resonance (MR) contrast   11:15 am, Megan Lewicki Characterizing the SUMO Stress Response (SSR) in S. cerevisiae
11:35 am – 12:15 pm Lunch
12:15 – 1:45 pm Poster Session
1:45 – 3:15 pm Innovation and Impact Session:
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Ph.D. Student Oral Presentations   3:30 pm, Lusia Sepiashvili Integrative systems analysis of HPV+ and HPV- oropharyngeal carcinomas   3:50 pm, Elizabeth Huynh Designing Multifunctional Ultrasound-based Contrast Agents to Harness the Microbubble to Nanoparticle Conversion   4:10 pm, Mohammad T. Mazhab-Jafari Structure and function of lipidated, membrane-tethered Rheb: NMR studies of a GTPase on nanodiscs
4:30 – 5:30 pm Closing Keynote: Dr. Shawn Chen (National Institutes of Health)
5:30 - 7:00 pm Reception and Awards

Directions to the Toronto General Hospital Helliwell Centre