Pathology Conferences

4th Annual Protein Folding Diseases Initiative Symposium

By Catherine Bearman | 14 May

Oct. 12, 2017

Translating Protein Folding from Genes to the Clinic


8:30am - 4:00pm

A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building
Kahn Auditorium
The symposium will be highlighting the four research hubs with lectures by a member of each hub and a data blitz with junior faculty, senior postdoctoral fellows, and senior graduate students.

Our keynote speakers will be Steven McKnight, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern, Beverly L. Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Jang-Ho Cha, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head Translational Medicine, Neuroscience at the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research.  We will also feature a panel discussion on Drug Discovery in Academia and Industry.

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Symposium Program



Light Refreshments

Seminar Rooms A, B, C


Opening Remarks

by Mark Cohen, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, Director of Endocrine Surgery Research

Kahn Auditorium


Steven McKnight, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, UT Southwestern

"A Solid State Conceptualization of Information Transfer from Gene to Message Protein"

Kahn Auditorium


Andrew P. Lieberman, MD, PhD
Gerald D. Abrams Collegiate Professor, Neurodegenerative Disease, Director of Neuropathology

Proteasome Dysfunction in Polyglutamine Disease” (Hub 1)

Kahn Auditorium


Ling Qi, PhD
Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes

"Protein Folding and Degradation in the Endoplasmic Reticulum: What Can We Learn from Mouse Models?"

Kahn Auditorium


Break and Poster Review

Seminar Rooms A, B, C and Upper Atrium


Beverly L. Davidson, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

"New Insights into HD Pathogenesis"

Kahn Auditorium


LUNCH and Poster Review

Seminar Rooms A, B, C, and Upper Atrium



Mara Duncan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell and Development Biology

"The Role and Regulation of Membrane Traffic in Cellular Energetics and Metabolism"

Kahn Auditorium


Anna Schwendeman, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Synthetic High-Density Lipoproteins for Treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease
(Hub 4)

Kahn Auditorium


Break and Poster Review

Seminar Room A, B, C


Jang-Ho Cha, MD, PhD
Global Head Translational Medicine, Neuroscience, Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research

"Challenges & Opportunities in Neuroscience Drug Discovery"

Kahn Auditorium


Panel Discussion

Jang-Ho Cha, MD, PhD

Vince Groppi, PhD
Director, Center for Chemical Genomics

James Dalton, PhD
Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kahn Auditorium



Data Blitz

Four Speakers

Kahn Auditorium


Closing Remarks and Poster Awards

Kahn Auditorium



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