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Friday, September 22

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: The Larry Parsons Seminar: "Cannabinoids at the intersection of pain and alcohol dependence"
Speaker: Igor Spigelman, Ph.D., Professor, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles
Host: Marisa Roberto, Ph.D.
Sponsor: The Larry Parsons Seminar Series
Location: SP3040, first floor conference room

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: Graduate Student Research Seminar: "A discovery platform for cellular target identification of human microproteins using an expanded genetic code"
Speaker: Insha Ahmad
Advisor: Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D.
Sponsor: TSRI Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences
Location: Graduate Office, TSRI

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Title: A B12-Dependent Radical SAM Enzyme Involved in Oxetanocin-A Biosynthesis
Speaker: Hung-wen (Ben) Liu, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacy & Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
Host: Peter Schultz, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Dept. of Chemistry Bicoastal Departmental Seminar Series
Location: BCC1 - W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Notes: 4pm EDT, Classroom B159, Scripps Florida

Wednesday, September 27

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Title: Ph.D. Thesis Presentation: "Discover, Decipher, and Derive Antibodies that Broadly Target Influenza Viruses”
Speaker: Shanshan Lang
Advisor: Ian A. Wilson, D. Phil, D.SC, FRS., FRSE
Sponsor: TSRI Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences
Location: BCC1 - W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Title: Distinguished Cell & Molecular Biology Lecture Series: "Understanding and modeling aging"
Speaker: Anne Brunet, Ph.D., Michele and Timothy Barakett Professor of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Host: Supriya Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Sponsor: CMBAG
Location: MBB2N - The Committee Lecture Hall

Thursday, September 28

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Title: Breadth of neutralization in human B cell responses to viruses
Speaker: James E. Crowe, Jr., M.D., Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center
Host: Ian Wilson, Ph.D. & Dennis Burton, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Depts. of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology & Immunology and Microbiology
Location: BCC1 - W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Notes: 4pm EDT, Classroom B159, Scripps Florida

Thursday, October 5

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: DIGIMED17 – Transforming Healthcare Through Evidence-Driven Digital Medicine
Speaker: This list will be updated as speaker biographies become available.
Host: The Scripps Translational Science Institute
Sponsor: Academic Partners include TSRI, Scripps, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the CTSA National Consortium
Location: Scripps Seaside Forum
Notes: A thoughtful exploration of the clinical evidence necessary to drive the widespread uptake of digital health solutions will be the focus of Scripps Translational Science Institute’s 2017 Digital Medicine conference. Currently, there is a shortage of clinical trial data investigating the role of digital medicine, although this evidence is critically necessary if it is to achieve its potential to transform care. There is a clear need for a forum to present, discuss and debate existing evidence and how to best obtain it in order to accelerate change. This one-of-its-kind, interactive conference will be led by a faculty composed of leaders in this burgeoning field, with a mix of developers, investigators and providers. The principal goal of the conference is to jumpstart efforts to drive the widespread incorporation of evidence-based digital medicine solutions for more-personalized, individual-centric care to improve outcomes, advance satisfaction and decrease costs. More at:

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Title: Rebek-Sessler Lectureship: "Molecular Recognition in Chemical and Biological Systems: Chemical Model Studies and Biostructural Investigations of Protein-Ligand Interactions"
Speaker: François Diederich, Ph.D., Professor of Organic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland
Host: Julius Rebek, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Dept. of Chemistry
Location: BCC1 - W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater

Friday, October 6

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Title: Ray Welsh Scientific Symposium

  • Michael J. Buchmeier, Ph.D., UC Irvine: "Armed Robbery: How SARS Coronaviruses Takes Over the Infected Cells"
  • Robert S. Fujinami, Ph.D., University of Utah: "Infiltrating Macrophages Contribute to Seizures & Epilepsy Following Viral Encephalitis"
  • Christine Biron, Ph.D., Brown University: "Experience Matters"
  • Juan Carlos de la Torre, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute: "Reverse Genetice to Foster Arenavirus Basic & Translational Research"
  • J. Lindsay Whitton, M.D., Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute: "Early In Vivo Responses of Virus-Specific T Cells"
  • Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D., Emory University: "From Memory to Exhaustion and Back"
  • Michael B.A. Oldstone, M.D., The Scripps Research Institute: "The Virus Roared, the Mouse Danced, and Humans Took Notice"
  • Ray Welsh, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts: "How Natural Killer Cells & Heterologous Immunity Regulate Viral Pathogenesis"

Host: Michael B.A. Oldstone, Ph.D.
Sponsor: The postdoctoral fellows and colleagues of Ray Welsh
Location: MBB2N - The Committee Lecture Hall

Monday, October 9

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Title: SOF 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series Seminar: "Making Drugs out of siRNAs"
Speaker: Muthiah Manoharan, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Innovation Chemistry, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Sponsor: Society of Fellows
Location: Valerie Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Green Hospital
Notes: Reception to follow in the Beckman Atrium

Tuesday, October 10

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Title: Dart NeuroScience Seminar Series: TBA
Speaker: Kristen Johnson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Biology, The California Institute for Biomedical Research
Host: Anton Maximov, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Dart NeuroScience Seminar Series at TSRI
Location: DNC Auditorium

Friday, October 13

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Title: The 2017 Genentech Chemistry Lecture: “Synthetic Studies Toward Complex Natural Products”
Speaker: Tom Maimone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Host: Dale Boger, Ph.D., & Phil Baran, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Dept. of Chemistry
Location: BCC1 - W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Notes: 4pm EDT, Classroom B159, Scripps Florida

Tuesday, October 17

9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Title: DNC Neuroscience Symposium 2017

  • Susan Ackerman, Ph.D., HHMI, University of California San Diego: “Translational fidelity and neurodegeneration”
  • Kristin Baldwin, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute: “Reprogramming neuronal diversity”
  • Gloria Choi, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “Elucidating neural circuits underlying autism-like behaviors”
  • Patrik Ernfors, Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm: “Encoding and scaling pain through defined cell types”
  • Winwrich Freiwald, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University: TBA
  • Joseph Gleeson, Ph.D., HHMI, University of California San Diego: “Genetic origins of pediatric brain disease. Treatment and prevention”
  • Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., Stanford University: “A thalamo-cortical circuit that drives risk tolerance to visual threat”
  • David Keays, Ph.D., Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna: “The search for magnetoreceptors”
  • Zachary Knight, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco: “The neurobiology of hunger”
  • Giordano Lippi, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego: “MicroRNAs—The master regulators of neural networks development”
  • Fan Wang, Ph.D., Duke Institute for Brain Sciences: “Capturing and manipulating functionally activated neurons”

Host: Lisa Stowers, Ph.D. & Ardem Patapoutian, Ph.D.
Location: TSRI Auditorium

Friday, October 20

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Title: TBA
Speaker: Gilbert Kirouac, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Oral Biology, University of Manitoba, Canada
Host: Remi Martin-Fardon, Ph.D.
Sponsor: The Larry Parsons Seminar Series
Location: SP3040, first floor conference room


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