Dr. Esther Sternberg to Deliver One of Three Keynotes at COM-T Research Day 2019

Dr. Esther Sternberg with sign, 'Quiet Please: Neuroscientists at Work'A renowned professor in the Division of Integrative Medicine at the UA Department of Medicine, Esther M. Sternberg, MD, joins famed Alzheimer’s researcher Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, and big data guru Nirav C. Merchant, PhD, as keynote speakers for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Research Day 2019 on Feb. 13. Research Day 2019 at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson hosted at new HSIB building

It is one of the inaugural events to be hosted at the new Health Sciences Innovation Building.  

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Schedule of the Day

7:00 AM | Early Bird Data Blitz Session
8:00 AM | Breakfast
9:00 AM | Opening Remarks
9:10 AM | TED-Style Keynote

"Measuring Health, Wellbeing and Performance Non-invasively: From molecules to the environment" | Esther M. Sternberg, MD
Professor of Medicine and Psychology, UA College of Medicine  Tucson; Research Director, UA Center for Integrative Medicine; Director; UA Institute for Place, Wellbeing and Performance; and Member, UA BIO5 Institute
Esther Sternberg, MDInternationally recognized pioneer in brain-immune interactions, sweat biomarker detection, and design and health, Dr. Sternberg leads multi-disciplinary, multi-organization teams to develop and apply non-invasive devices to measure health, wellbeing and performance from molecules to the environment. Working with the U.S. Air Force Research Labs she is developing devices for measuring biomarkers in sweat, and with the U.S. General Services Administration and IARPA, measuring the impact of the built office environment on occupant health. Her recently published landmark paper with the GSA using wearable devices to measure the impact of office design on activity and stress responses, has received worldwide media attention. As Senior Scientist and Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health (1986-2012), she led multi-Institute, multi-Agency teams, including with NIH – FDA – CDC to solve the 1989 L-Tryptophan Eosinophilia Myalgia epidemic. She has authored more than 220 scholarly articles, two popular books, and edited eight technical books. She has received the highest NIH, HHS, and FDA awards, was recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women who “Changed the Face of Medicine,” received an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin for her work, and served as member (2013-18) and Chair (2018) of NLM’s Board of Regents. She received her medical degree from McGill University, and trained in rheumatology at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada.

9:40 AM | Strategic Pillar Data Blitzes (concurrent sessions)
          Data Blitz 1
          Data Blitz 2

11:15 AM | TED-Style Keynote

"Innovations in Brain Science of the Future for Those Who Need a Cure Today" | Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD
Director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science, UA Health Sciences; Member, UA Evelyn F. Mcknight Brain Institute and UA BIO5 Institute; and Professor, Pharmacology, Neurology, Psychology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuroscience – GIDP
Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhDDr. Roberta Diaz Brinton is an internationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s, sex differences in the disease and is developing the first regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s. Her insights into the transition states of the aging brain that lead to age-related neurodegenerative disease reveal therapeutic opportunities to prevent, delay and treat neurodegenerative disease. In the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, Dr. Brinton brings her expertise in age-related neurodegenerative disease to the investigation of three other neurodegenerative disease of aging, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS. She earned her doctorate as a National Institute of Health Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona and went on to Rockefeller University as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. Subsequently, Dr. Brinton joined the University of Southern California faculty where she was Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology. She serves on the National Institute of Aging Scientific Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Board of Governors and NIH review panels. Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH and philanthropic organizations for multiple decades.

11:40 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM | Strategic Pillar Data Blitzes (concurrent sessions)
          Data Blitz Session 3
          Data Blitz Session 4
          Data Blitz Session 5

2:25 PM | TED-Style Keynote

"Working alongside Thinking Machines" | Nirav C. Merchant, PhD
Director, UA Data Science Institute (Data7); Co-Principal Investigator, CyVerse; and Member, UA BIO5 Institute
Nirav Merchant, PhDPartnering through the National Science Foundation with the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Dr. Nirav Merchant is the Co-PI for NSF CyVerse, a national scale Cyberinfrastructure system for life sciences, and NSF Jetstream, the first user-friendly, scalable cloud environment for NSF XSEDE, a single virtual computing system that scientists can use to interactively share resources, data and expertise led by the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Over the last two decades, his research has been directed towards developing scalable computational platforms for supporting open science and open innovation, with emphasis on improving research productivity for geographically distributed interdisciplinary teams. His interests include data science literacy, large-scale data management platforms, data delivery technologies, managed sensor and mobile platforms for health interventions, workforce development, and project based learning. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial engineering from the University of Pune, India, and graduate degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.

3:05 PM | Shark Tank Competition
4:30 PM | Demonstrations and Networking Session with Beverage Service

Questions? Contact Ross Dubois, (520) 626-9037 or duboisr@email.arizona.edu

“Register Now for UA College of Medicine – Tucson Research Retreat, Feb. 13” | Posted Dec. 19, 2018

Release Date: 
01/29/2019 - 6:30pm