Centennial Symposium celebrates 'A Century of Medical Education' at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Celebrating “A Century of Medical Education,” The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is hosting a Centennial Research Symposium, "Emerging Strategies: Bridging Basic and Clinical Science," June 13-15 in Vermillion.

Featuring eight pre-eminent scientists in various biomedical fields, this symposium will provide insights into the integration of basic and clinical research, and create the foundation for the next evolution of translational biomedical research in the upper Midwest. In addition to the scientific sessions, the symposium agenda includes a research poster session, discussion forums and social events.  The poster session will be held in the new Lee Medical School Building Atrium and will showcase cutting-edge research projects being conducted here at USD as well as throughout the region.

Nobel Prize-winner Phillip Sharp, Ph.D., will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “Small RNA: From Science to Therapy,” at 8 p.m. on June 13. Sharp is a professor and director of the McGovern Institute Center for Cancer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He co-discovered gene splicing and shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Richard J. Roberts for the discovery that genes contain nonsense segments that are edited out by cells in the course of utilizing genetic information.

In addition to Sharp, invited speakers include Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D., Princeton University, who will lead a session on microbiology at 10:30 a.m. on June 15; Dr. Dennis Choi, Emory University, who will conduct a session on neuroscience at 9 a.m. on June 15; Dr. Patricia Donahoe, Harvard University, is scheduled to direct a session on cancer research at 1 p.m. on June 14; and Ruth Fischbach, Ph.D., Columbia University, is scheduled to lead a session on ethics at 2:30 p.m. on June 14. Other sessions of interest include a general medicine session at 9 a.m. on June 14 with Dr. Richard Lifton, Yale University; a cardiovascular session at 10:30 a.m. on June 14 led by Eric Olson, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and a women’s health session at 1 p.m. on June 15 with Dr. Jerome F. Strauss III, Virginia Commonwealth University. All events during the symposium, including the sessions and keynote address, are free and open to clinical and basic science faculty, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents and students, graduate and undergraduate students, and the general public.

For more information about “Emerging Strategies: Bridging Basic and Clinical Science,” including a detailed schedule and updates on symposium programs or to register, please visit www.usd.edu/med/centennial/. A photograph of Sharp is also available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/P_Sharp.jpg.