Agenda – Sun, Sept 17

Locations (the two locations are directly across the street from each other - see Venue Information page for floor plans, directions and more)
All events on Sunday take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (CMCC), 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201

Unless otherwise stated, beverage service and meals included in registration fee. Page updated Aug 28, 2023, 9:48 am ET.

7 am

Conference Check-In Opens

8 am to 8:30 am

Breakfast and Speaker
Richland Room with overflow in Lexington A

Jessica Molesworth, Executive Director, EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation

8:30 to 9:30 am

Plenary Talk
Richland Room with overflow in Lexington A

Dr. Sally Hodder, Associate Vice President for Clinical & Translational Science/Director, West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute


C.1: Microbiome in Health & Disease
Congaree B

Session Chair and Presenters

Session Chair
Dr. Jason Kubinak, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (SC COBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Ruud P. M. Dings, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (AR COBRE)
Improvement of cellular immunotherapy during dysbiosis by modulating the tumor microenvironment

Dr. Melissa Ellermann, University of South Carolina (SC COBRE)
Endocannabinoids as conduits of host-bacteria interactions in the gut 

Dr. Anna Seekatz, Clemson University
Resolving microbial interactions within the gut microbiome to improve host health

C.2: Obesity & Metabolic Disorders
Congaree A

Session Co-Chairs and  Presenters

Session Co-Chairs
Dr. Edie Goldsmith, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (SC INBRE)
Dr. Jackie Stephens, LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center (LA COBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. T.K.S. Kumar (Suresh Kumar Thallapuranum), University of Arkansas
Design of novel, stable metabolic fibroblast growth factor

Dr. Travis Salisbury, Marshall University School of Medicine (WV COBRE)
Inhibition of Leucine- Stimulated Induction of mTOR1 to Suppress Breast Cancer in Obesity

Dr. Glenn Weaver, University of South Carolina (SC COBRE)
Preventing Childhood Obesity: The Case for Structure

FLASH TALK – POSTER #145: Caroline Wilson, USC School of Medicine Greenville
Whole Food Plant-Predominant Cookbook: Promotion of Wellness, Social Connection, and Patient Education through the Evaluation of Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Pediatric Residency Members

C.3: Educational Approaches to Data Science
Lexington B

Session Co-Chairs and Presenters

Session Co-Chairs
Dr. Homay Valafar, University of South Carolina (SC INBRE)
Dr. Luis Vázquez Quiñones, Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo Camps (Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Arecibo) (PR INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Joel De La Cruz-Oller, Universidad Ana G Mendez (PR INBRE)
National and international stochastic events of Covid-19 pandemic, Ukrainian war, and natural disasters, in the increase in the prices of medical care, consumer goods and services in Puerto Rico

Dr. Nicole L. Garrison, West Liberty University (WV INBRE)
Three Year Report on the WV-INBRE Bioinformatics Bootcamp Initiative

Dr. Frances Heredia-Negrón, University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus
Enhancing Workforce Capacity for Hispanic Biomedical Researchers: A Course on Applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Address Health Disparities

Dr. Alan Woessner, University of Arkansas (AR INBRE)
Identifying and Training Deep Learning Neural Networks on Biomedical-related Datasets

DS.4 Data Science: Computational Chemistry
Lexington A

Session Chair and Presenters

Session Chair
Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski, Jackson State University (MS INBRE)

Confirmed Presenters
Dr. Seetharama Jois, Louisiana State University (LA INBRE)
Structure and stability of grafted cyclic peptidomimetics that target protein-protein interactions

Dr. Karina Kapusta, Tougaloo College (MS INBRE)
Near Infrared Indolizine Squaraine Dyes for Bioimaging: Computational Approach as a Moving Force for Inventions

Dr. Irosha Nawarathne, Lyon College (AR INBRE)
Modified Naphthoquinones: To Kill Two Birds with One Stone

Dr. Gerard Rowe, University of South Carolina Aiken (SC INBRE)
QM/MM Investigations of the Mechanism of 2,4-Dihydroxyacetophenone Dioxygenase

11 am to 12 pm

Recognition and awards and Closing remarks
Richland Room

12 pm, Conference concludes. Lunch will not be served, but we will be very happy to make suggestions. Lots of great places within walking distance of CMCC!

12:15 pm

Post-Conference working lunch for IDeA PIs
Offsite Location TBD