This symposium, organized by Sanford Health and the University of South Dakota, and supported by Fisher Scientific, will provide a unique opportunity for participants to receive updates on biomedical advances occurring at two of the state’s leading research institutions. Eight speakers from Sanford Research and the USD Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences will outline current research activities and emphasize pending innovations in what has become a significant growth industry in South Dakota.

The symposium begins at 8:15 a.m. with opening remarks by USD’s Joyce Keifer, Ph.D. and includes plenary sessions from Scot Ouellette, Ph.D., Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, who will discuss “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Chlamydial Cell Division in the Absence of FtsZ;” Kamesh Surendran, Ph.D., of Sanford Research; Samuel Sathyanesan, Ph.D., Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, “Structural Modification of a Therapeutic Trophic Factor: Applications in Psychiatry;” Jill M. Weimer, Ph.D., Ilian Radichev, Ph.D., Pete Vitiello, Ph.D., and Haotian Zhao of Sanford Research; and Gina Forster, Ph.D., Ammara Abdullah, Ph.D., and Douglas Martin, Ph.D., all with USD’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the daylong agenda features a poster session, luncheon and a reception in the atrium of the Lee Med Building immediately following the symposium. For more information about this event, please contact event organizers Dr. Khosrow Rezvani, M.D., Ph.D., Basic Biomedical Sciences, at or Dr. Michael Kruer, M.D., Sanford Research, at More information is also available at

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