Whether you are an interested spectator, student, potential venture capitalist, a scientist or a high-school or K12 educator, Science 2011 offers a great opportunity to network with many local scientific leaders and investigators in the fields of biomedical sciences, computer science, engineering and mathematics. This exciting two day conference (October 6 and 7) have been taking place at the University of Pittsburgh for over ten years and the sole mission of this conference is to highlight the current biomedical research done in the region, whether in the form of scientific posters or seminars. Participants also come from small colleges, private research institutions and universities across Western Pennsylvania. The theme for this year’s conference is “NextGen” which was named after the fact that science is always focusing about the future of humanity without loosing sight about past accomplishments.
Science 2011 is a short conference but features a plethora of events designed to engage the public by providing a variety of activities that include keynote presentations delivered by outstanding speakers, spotlight sessions, career development workshops tailored for helping undergraduate and graduate students, scientific poster sessions, technology showcase sessions. This year’s highlight will feature Dr. Craig Venter from Synthetic Genomics. Dr. Craig Venter is one of the main pioneers that helped sequenced the entire human genome about 11 years ago. This great scientific breakthrough helped revolutionized the field of bioinformatics and opened up a new field at the same time: proteomics. The title of his talk is “ From reading to writing the genetic code” which will highlight some of this work with regards building artificial genome from scratch!
This two-day conference will take place from Thursday October 6- October 7 at the Alumni Hall Building at the University of Pittsburgh. The best part of all is that admission to this event is free! Parking is available on Bigelow avenue and near Soldier’s field. The conference is open to the public and registration is free! For those undergraduate students, educators, reporters, bloggers and informants who want to explore the achievements and learn more about recent unpublished scientific breakthroughs or simply want to have an opportunity to someday perform research and work at the laboratory of a principle investigator in the near future, they should take advantage of this opportunity and register at: www.science2011.pitt.edu/register.htm.
Below is a summary of the conference’s two day agenda:
1. Plenary sessions-Plenary sessions are usually the major highlight of the Science conferences that take place Pittsburgh every year in which people will literally flock and scramble to get front row seating to hear their favorite keynote speaker..
a. Dr. Craig Venter, Synthetic Genomics. Dr. Venter is one of the main pioneers for sequencing the entire human genome about 11 years ago which revolutionized the field of bioinformatics and opened up a new field at the same time: proteomics.
For this year’s plenary session, four non-local and international investigators who are leaders in their respective scientific fields will be featured during these sessions. The four plenary speakers include:
b. George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor
Harvard University who will speak on about the use of molecular dynamics and simulations to predict protein ligand binding sites
c.. Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Yale University who will speak on the topic of immunology and host defenses.
d.. Eve Marder, PhD, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience
Brandeis University who will speak on neuronal networks and modulation of neurons
2.Spotlight Sessions– A series of interesting scientific seminars and presentations will be given by regional scientists from the University of Pittsburgh, Carneggie Mellon University, Duquesne University and other academic and research institutions during this two day conference. The spotlight sessions are loaded with four presentations from local investigators who will speak on different scientific topics that pertains to their respective fields of specialty which include embryonic development, drug discovery, immunology and among others.
For more information on spotlight sessions: www.science2011.pitt.edu/spotlights.htm
3. Activities- – a whole range of different activities geared towards undergraduate and graduate students will feature a workshop in responsible conduct in research, a life sciences vendor supply show that will feature regional and out-of-state biomedical companies whom will showcase their latest products in medical technology, a technology showcase featuring the latest in scientific technology being developed by academic and research institutions around the region, and undergraduate scientific research poster presentations which will highlight the research being done by undergraduates, the prospective scientists of tomorrow.
For more information on the activities of Science2009 click here: www.science2011.pitt.edu/activities.htm
As a public informant who covers the research and medical breakthroughs that occur in the region, future medical technology related Examiner articles will provide a summary of interesting plenary and spotlight session presentations, as well as a summary of the most relevant and eye-popping scientific posters from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students following the conference.
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