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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  Welcome Station - Pittsburgh International Airport Hyatt Regency

  Room Wright AB

Have a snack, charge your phone and check emails as you await the shuttles provided by the conference. One shuttle bus will depart at 12 noon, and the second shuttle bus will depart at 3 p.m.


1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  Conference Check-In

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place

Main Lobby Hallway


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  Tour of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center

At 3:15 p.m., those who registered should meet near Conference Check-In for group tour of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. Bus will depart NO LATER than 3:30 p.m. Space is limited.


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  Welcome Reception

  Morgantown Event Center Lobby (first floor)


6:00 p.m.

  PIs Dinner

  Wharf AB


6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  Dine Morgantown

Enjoy your choice among three of Morgantown’s best local restaurants. All are located along the Caperton Rail Trail along the Monongahela River and are accessible by exiting the hotel and walking north along the (paved) trail for a short distance. Conference attendees must present their name badges at the venues. Cash bar available at each location.


Mountain State Brewing Co.

Mountain State Brewing Company was founded in Thomas, West Virginia and currently has three locations, including Morgantown. It is the largest brewery in West Virginia and one of the oldest. As natives of West Virginia, it has been their dream to bring back quality hand-crafted beer to the state.  MSBC has developed easy drinking and well-rounded beers with their own state of the art brewing equipment.  They also offer hand-crafted microbrews, wood-fired gourmet flatbreads, sandwiches as well as a variety of snacks and appetizers to enjoy.  


Known as one of West Virginia's most respected restaurants for fine Italian cuisine and top notch service, Oliverio's on The Wharf, established in 2001, is located in Morgantown's newly renovated Wharf District. The Tuscan inspired eatery, with it's big city feel and small town charm is within walking distance from area hotels and downtown. Our cozy outdoor deck sits inches away from the Caperton Trail and boasts one of Morgantown's best views of the Monongahela River. Three generations of Oliverios participate in the daily operation of the four-location family owned business. The tradition of quality food and service has been passed down for generations from our family roots in SanGiovani in Fiore in the region of Calabira, Italy, to your table. All the love and care that went into these family recipes is still a part of every dish served today.

 Table 9

Chef Mark Tasker focuses on New American cuisine, creating seasonal and whimsical small plates. He believes food is an art form that everyone can enjoy. Mark is the founding member of Table 9 and Tru Art Restaurant Group. Table 9 is Chef Mark’s first signature restaurant focusing on the craft of what a restaurant should be and can become.


Thursday, October 12, 2017


7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  Conference Check-In Desk Open

  Main Lobby Hallway


7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  Breakfast buffet available

  Morgantown Event Center A (lower level)


8:00a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

  Opening Plenary Session

  Morgantown Event Center A


Welcome and Opening Comments

Gary Rankin, PhD, Director, WV INBRE, and Vice Dean for Basic Sciences and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marshall University

Sally Hodder, MD, Director West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTR) and Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science, West Virginia University


Update on NIH

Judith Greenberg, PhD, Deputy Director, NIGMS


IDeA Program Update

J. Raphael Gorospe, MD, PhD, Medical Officer, Center for Research and Capacity Building, NIH


IDeA Post Award Management

Lisa Hildred, Grants Management Specialist, NIGMS


9:40 a.m. – 9:50 p.m.



9:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  Oral Scientific Presentations

  Morgantown Event Center A


“Methionine: From DNA Methylation to Modulation of Normal and Cancerous Tissue Toxicity”

Igor Koturbash, M.D., Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


“Investigating the effect of IL-17A in human neuronal development”

Sofia Lizarraga, Ph.D., University of South Carolina


“Inflammation in a Rat Model of Hyperandrogenemia and the Role of T Cells”

Mohadetheh Moulana, Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center


“Inhibition of Lipoprotein Sorting in Francisella tularensis: A Potential Target of Resazomycins, A Novel Family of Antibiotics”

Deanna Schmitt, Ph.D., West Liberty University 


“Production and Characterization of Porcine Acellular Muscle Matrix Biomaterials for use in Skeletal Muscle Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine”

Matthew Stern, Ph.D., Winthrop University


“Differential Gene Expression in the Prefrontal Cortex Associated with Suicide”

Eric Vallender, Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center


“The FGF Signaling Pathway Plays an Important Role during Xenopus Pharyngeal Development”

Emily Shifley, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University  


“Circular RNA Detection from High-throughput Sequencing”

Juw Won Park, Ph.D., University of Louisville  


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  INBRE Luncheon

  Students and faculty connected with the INBRE program are invited to attend this luncheon.

  Morgantown Event Center B (lower level)


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  General Networking Luncheon

  Conference participants are invited to network with one another during this open luncheon.

  Salon E-H (first floor)


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  Poster Session A

  Morgantown Event Center A


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  Break Out Sessions

  Choose from the following three breakout sessions:


INBRE (Salon E)

   The SEPA-INBRE Pipeline – Case Studies and Best Practices  

  Tony Beck, Ph.D., Program Manager, Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA),   Center   for Research Capacity   Building (CRCB)National Institute of General Medical Sciences   (NIGMS) National Institutes of   Health (NIH)

  Ann Chester, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA)


  Council on Undergraduate Research – Robin Howard, Senior Director,Membership Services   and Business Operations, Council on Undergraduate Research

  The National Research Mentoring Network – Rafael Luna, Ph.D., Executive Director, Nartional   Research Mentoring Network


Innovation – “Research Commercialization in the SE IDeA states: A path forward” (Salon D)

   Planning for the SE Regional Innovation Superhub (SERIS)- K Gus Kousoulas, Ph.D.,   Professor of Virology and Biotechnology,  Associate Vice President for Research &   Economic Development, Louisiana State University 

  Development of a Health Sciences Innovation Center – Lessons learned after 18 Months –   Richard Giersch, Director, WVU Health Sciences Innovation Center

  Funding research commercialization with SBIR/STTR grants: Lessons Learned –

  Tony Beck, Ph.D.


Core Facilities (Salon FGH)


   Implementation of the COBRE Administrative Supplement Awards

    Chris Cuff, PhD, Director of Core Resources, West Virginia University,

    Alan Tacket, PhD, University of Arkansas for   Medical Sciences,

    Abdel Bachri, PhD, Southern Arkansas University

  Audience will be broken into small groups- each with a facilitator to discuss common core   facilities related issues and propose solutions.


4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

  Big Challenges and Big Solutions: A Panel Discussion

  Panelists will address hot topics in biomedical research that affect the IDeA research   community.

  Morgantown Event Center A


  Topics and Panelists Include:

  Data Storage: George Spirou, PhD, Professor, Co-Director, Blanchette Rockefeller   Neurosciences   Institute, West Virginia University

  The Endangered Clinician Scientist: James Wilson, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of   Mississippi Medical Center, PI and Administrative Core Director, Mississippi Center for   Clinical and Translational Research

  Tracking Students Over Time: Nigel Cooper, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research,   Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville Health Sciences Center &   Director, Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network and INBRE

  Program Sustainability: Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD, Vice President for Research, University of   South Carolina, Director of the NIH Center of Research Excellence in Inflammatory and   Autoimmune Diseases, Director of the NIH COBRE Center for Dietary Supplement and   Inflammation.

  Moderated by: James Simpkins, PhD, Professor, Director Center for Basic and Translational   Stroke   Research, Barbara B. Highland Stroke Chair, West Virginia University


5:15p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


  Morgantown Event Center Foyer (lower level)


  “ICE” Cube

  Morgantown Event Center Foyer

  Visit displays from some of the companies that have emerged from IDeA-funded institutions.   Participants include:


  University of Puerto Rico

  SwifTag Systems

  Progenesis Technologies, LLC

  Illumina, Inc.

  IstoVisio Inc

  Learn more about each of these companies here.


  Poster Session B

  Morgantown Event Center A



7:30 p.m.

  Dinner and Closing Presentations, Awards & Special Entertainment

  Morgantown Event Center A


  2018 NISBRE Conference Update

  Doug Wright, PhD,  President, National Assoc. of IDeA Principal Investigators, Professor and   Vice Chair Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center


  Poster Awards Presentation

  Stanley Hileman, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience,   WVU School of Medicine  

  Gary Rankin, PhD, Director, WV INBRE, and Vice Dean for Basic Sciences and Chair of the   Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marshall University


  Performance by The Davisson Brothers

  The Davisson Brothers Band has a unique style fusing a blend of country, southern rock, and   bluegrass to create a distinctive sound. Their remarkable sound, combined with the band’s   talent and energy, has gain them and incredibly loyal and rapidly growing fan base. Brothers   Donnie and Chris Davisson and life-long best friend Aaron Regester are continuing musical   pursuits started by the Davisson family long ago. In DBB, one can’t help but hear the   resounding influence of a life raised in music. Their song lyrics and sounds tell powerful stories   of their family history and lifestyle in West Virginia.


Friday, October 13, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  Conference Check-In Desk Open

  Main Lobby Hallway


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

  Continental Breakfast Available

  Outside Salon D (first floor)


8:30 a.m.

  First shuttle bus departs for Pittsburgh International Airport


8:30a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  CRISPR Workshop

  Salon D


8:30-9:40 AM Session I


CRISPR/Cas9 Basics

Peter Mathers, PhD, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology and Biochemistry and Director, Transgenic Core, West Virginia University


GuideRNA Design- Avoiding Off-Target Effects

Peter Mathers, PhD, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology and Biochemistry and Director, Transgenic Core, West Virginia University


Homology-Directed Repair Approaches

Peter Stoilov, PhD, Associate Professor, Biochemistry, West Virginia University


Conditional Allele Generation

Gordon Meares, PhD, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology, West Virginia University


Screening for Founders

Roberta Leonardi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry West Virginia University


9:40 a.m. -10:00 a.m.



10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Session II


Other Model Organisms

CRISPR in Yeast

Jen Gallagher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, West Virginia University


CRISPR in Drosophila

Tyler Sizemore, Doctoral Student, Biology, West Virginia University


CRISPR in Zebrafish

James Walters, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Bluefield State College


Beyond Gene Editing - Other Applications of CRISPR Technology

Charles O’Brien, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine and Director, Transgenic Core, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Q&A session (Panel)


11:30 a.m.

  Second shuttle bus departs for Pittsburgh International Airport


12:00 Noon

  Hotel check-out time