Agenda – Sat, Sept 16

Locations (the two locations are directly across the street from each other - see Venue Information page for floor plans, directions and more)
PAC = USC/Pastides Alumni Center, 900 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201
CMCC = Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201

Unless otherwise stated, beverage service and meals are included in registration fee. Page updated Aug 29, 2023, 10:10 pm ET.

7 am

Conference Check-In Opens, CMCC
Beverage Service (coffee, tea, water) available all day

7:45 am

Breakfast service begins
PAC Ballroom

8 am

Breakfast with Speaker, PAC Ballroom

Dr. Krishan Arora, Networks and Development Programs Branch Branch Chief, NIGMS Division for Research Capacity Building

The IDeA Program: New Features & Activities for New Needs

8:30 to 8:45 am

Transition to CMCC

8:30 am

Exhibit Hall Opens, CMCC

Be sure to stop by during the day and thank our sponsors!

Poster Room Opens, CMCC Richland Room
Room available to start hanging posters. Session begins at 2:30 pm.

8:45 to 9:45 am — CONCURRENT SESSIONS

NIH R16 SuRE grant program and Kentucky SuRE Resource Center
CMCC Lexington A

Dr. Brett Spear, SuRE Resource Center Program Co-Director

Grants and Fellowships Opportunities
CMCC Lexington B

Dr. Matthew Klopfenstein, University of South Carolina National Fellowships and Scholars Program Coordinator

Program Evaluation and Administration of Research Leaders (PEARL) Meeting
CMCC Hall of Fame

This is a closed/select group session open to IDeA Program Staff. Contact Cyndy if you are interested in attending.


9:45 to 11:15 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A.1: Neuroscience
CMCC Congaree B

Session Co-Chairs and Presenters 

Session Co-Chairs
Dr. Linnea Freeman, Furman University (SC INBRE)
Dr. Yancy Ferrer Acosta, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (PR COBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. David Donley, Harding University (AR INBRE)
I’ve got iron on my mind: exploring factors that shape the neuroinflammatory response of microglia

Dr. José A. Lasalde Dominicci, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (PR COBRE)
The expression of the neuronal alpha7 nicotinic receptor in human macrophages is differentially affected by viral glycoproteins from HIV-1 gp120 and SARS-CoV-2, with potential implications for the cholinergic anti-inflammatory response

Dr. Mary-Louise Risher, Marshall University (WV INBRE)
The role of astrocytes in hippocampal-dependent cognitive dysfunction following adolescent binge drinking

Dr. Lauren Williamson, Northern Kentucky University (KY INBRE)
The effects of maternal helminths on microglial development and offspring cognition

A.2: High throughput Technologies
CMCC Congaree A

Session Chair and Presenters 

Session Chair
Dr. Michael Garrett, University of Mississippi Medical Center (MS COBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Michael Garrett, University of Mississippi Medical Center (MS COBRE)
Spatial transcriptomics: implications for understanding complex biological systems

Dr. Nathan Hancock, University of South Carolina Aiken (SC INBRE)
Using genome resequencing to identify the causative mutation underlying a chlorotic soybean phenotype

Nancy Meyer, Pacific Northwest Cryo-EM Center
NIH Common Fund Cryo-EM Centers increase throughput and access: Pacific Northwest Cryo-EM Center

Dr. Alejandro Nato, Marshall University (WV INBRE)
Whole exome sequencing analysis of African-Brazilian extended families with essential hypertension

Dr. Eric Rouchka, University of Louisville (KY INBRE)
High throughput sequencing and long read sequencing applications at the University of Louisville Genome Technologies Centers

A.3: Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke
CMCC Lexington B

Session Chair and Presenters

Session Chair
Dr. Courtney DeVries-Nelson, West Virginia University (WV COBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Candace Brown, West Virginia University (WV COBRE)
Tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase preserves cerebrovascular function in ischemic stroke

Dr. Steven Jones, University of Louisville (KY COBRE)
Metabolic Regulation of Remodeling in the Heart

Dr. Erin Taylor, University of Mississippi Medical Center (MS INBRE)
Fecal microbiota transplantation attenuates hypertension in a female mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus

DS.1 Data Science: Metagenomics
CMCC Lexington A

Session Co-Chairs  and  Presenters

Session Co-Chairs
Dr. Christopher Taylor, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans (LA INBRE)
Dr. Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (PR INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Dmitri Mavrodi, University of Southern Mississippi (MS  INBRE)
Pseudomonas and dryland wheat as a model for rhizosphere interactions under water stress

Natalie M. Meléndez-Vázquez, PhD Candidate, University of Puerto Rico and MD Anderson Cancer Center (PR  INBRE)
Gut bugs matter to oncolytic viral therapy: bacterial changes associated to Delta-24-RGDOX efficacy against malignant glioma

Dr. Britton Strickland, CosmosID
Comprehensive Microbiome Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients with CosmosID-HUB

PEARL Meeting Continues, CMCC Hall of Fame

11:15 to 11:30 am: NETWORKING BREAK

Beverage service available. Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall and thank our sponsors! 

11:30 am to 12:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

B.1: Cancer
CMCC Congaree B

Session Chair and Presenters

Session Chair
Dr. Suranganie Dharmawardhane Flanagan, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (PR INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Carlos Diaz Osterman, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center / Medical Sciences Campus (PR INBRE)
Immuno-metabolomic profiling of prostate tumors from Puerto Rican men

Dr. Younghye Song, University of Arkansas (AR COBRE)
Pancreatic Tumor Extracellular Vesicles Stimulate Schwann Cell Activation and Perineural Invasion via IL-8 Signaling

Dr. Daniel Stovall, Winthrop University (SC INBRE)
The Tumor Suppressive Function and Regulation of RYBP in Glioblastoma Cells

Dr. Sita Withers, Louisiana State University (LA COBRE)
Detailing Canine Immune Responses as a Tool for Comparative Immuno-Oncology Research

B.2: Inflammation & Infectious Disease, CMCC Congaree A

Session Chair and Presenters 

Session Chair
Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (SC COBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Weishan Huang, Louisiana State University (LA COBRE)
TCR/ITK signaling in lung tissue resident regulatory T cell development and immunopathology during influenza infections

Dr. Jei Li, University of South Carolina (SC COBRE)
Leveraging microbe-host interactions for the discovery of anti-inflammatory gut microbial metabolites

Dr. David Sanabria-Rios, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metropolitan Campus (PR INBRE)
The Role of Fatty Acids in Combating Bacterial Infection Diseases

Dr. Tiffany S. Weinkopff,  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (AR COBRE)
Lymphangiogenesis promotes healing in cutaneous leishmaniasis

B.3: Community Engaged Research/ Community Based Participatory Research, CMCC Lexington B

Session Chair and Presenters 

Session Chair
Dr. Jennifer Lemacks, University of Southern Mississippi (MS INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Edna Acosta Pérez, University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus (PR INBRE)
Implementation & Dissemination Science: A Tool to Promote Health Equity through Community Engagement

Dr. Nelson Atehortua De la Peña, Mississippi State Department of Health (MS INBRE)
Engagement of Minority Communities in the context of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Lemacks, University of Southern Mississippi (MS INBRE)
Leveraging Community Engaged Research Infrastructure for Successful Grantsmanship

DS.2 Data Science: AI/ML in Health Sciences
CMCC Lexington A

Session Chair and Presenters 

Session Chair
Dr. Homay Valafar, University of South Carolina (SC INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Subhajit Chakrabarty, Louisiana State University Shreveport (LA INBRE)
Deep Learning of brain MRI of patients with ischemic stroke and COVID-19

Dr. Sarah Floyd (Poster #095), Clemson University
Developing a Measure of Treatment Success from Unstructured EHR Clinical Notes

SHORT TALK (Poster #094):  Dr. Alireza Bagheri Rajeoni, University of South Carolina (SC INBRE)
Automatic Segmentation of Vasculature in Computed Tomographic Angiograms Using Deep Learning

PEARL Meeting Continues, CMCC Hall of Fame

12:30 to 1:15 pm

Buffet Lunch, PAC Ballroom 

1:15 to 2:15 pm

Plenary Talk, PAC Ballroom 

Dr. Russell "Chip" Norris, Professor; Director of the Hypermobility Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Registry; Director of the Maltz Family Ehlers Danlos Genetics Laboratory; Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology;  Department of Neurosurgery; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center; Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (former SC INBRE and COBRE grant recipient)

2:15 to 2:30 pm: NETWORKING BREAK

Beverage service available. Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall and thank our sponsors!

Last chance to hang posters before session begins. See Guidelines page for sizing and other info.

 2:30 to 5:30 pm — CONCURRENT SESSIONS

2:30 to 5:30 pm

Poster Session, CMCC Richland Room

Poster presenters with an odd number poster number will need to be at their posters from 2:30 to 4 pm; even posters numbers will be 4 to 5:30 pm.

2:30 to 3:30 pm

DS.3 Data Science: Bioinformatics, CMCC Lexington A

Session Chair and Presenters

Session Chair
Dr. James Denvir, Marshall University (WV INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Victor Bii, Mississippi Valley State University
A comprehensive data mining and bioinformatics-approach identify gene signatures that promote prostate cancer (PC) progression in African descent population

Dr. Heather Dunn, Clemson University (SC INBRE)
Artificial Intelligence Based Prediction to Analyze Tumor Tissue Morphologies 

Dr. Swarna Kanchan  (Poster #012), Marshall University
In-silico modelling and docking exploring therapeutical potentials of antivirals against Covid-19 Nsp4 and Nsp13 helicase

3:30 to 5:30 pm

Data Science sessions end for the day; attend Poster Session

Transit to CMCC Richland Room for Poster Session

5:30 pm

Poster Session and Exhibit Hall ends
Transit to PAC for Reception and Dinner

6 pm – ?

Reception, PAC Gamecock Patio
Cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres available

Dinner and Entertainment – TAILGATE NIGHT!PAC Ballroom
It is fall in the South and football is king. After a great day of learning and networking, come in your favorite team colors for a fun and informal BBQ Buffet and learn to Shag

USC Dance Instructor Richard Durlach will teach the South Carolina State Dance and a DJ will be on hand for your entertainment. Unwind and relax – you earned it!