Annual Symposium

RSVP By Clicking Here: 5th Annual North Carolina BioSciences Collaborative Symposium

July 27th-28th, 2017 

Duke University's Trent Semans Center


Check out the 2017 keynote speakers

Faculty Agenda 

Student Agenda 


It is with great pleasure that we cordially invite you to attend our 5th Annual North Carolina Biosciences Collaborative Symposium! The Symposium is sponsored by the Duke University's BioCoRE (NIH-IMSD) Program and will be held on Thursday, July 27- Friday, July 28, 2017 in the Trent Semans Center at Duke University.  This year's theme will be centered around  “Building Persistence and Establishing Change in the Midst of Uncertainty" and our symposium will likely bring together over 200 faculty, students and administrators from North Carolina institutions.  Highlights will include:

  • Faculty/administrator sessions on the implementation of data-driven interventions and the discussion of evidence-based practices for STEM training
  • Student sessions on the process of creating  a “successful” career path despite challenges,  generating useful methods for improving scientific efficacy,  and learning to navigate through difficulty at every stage
  • Morning Keynote address from Christine Pfund, PhD, Associate Scientist, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Lunch Keynote address from Clifton Poodry, PhD, Former TWD Director at NIH, Senior Scientist Education Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Joint faculty/student sessions featuring seminars to showcase student research, cutting edge faculty research, and a celebration of research during our poster session
  • Faculty workshops lead by  Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD (former School of Medicine Dean, Duke University ), Sherilynn Black, PhD (Assistant Professor of the Practice, Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity, Co-PI, BioCoRE Grant, Duke University
  • Student workshops lead by Jessica Harrell, PhD (Director of Academic Career Excellence Program, UNC-Chapel Hill) and Renetta Tull, PhD (Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiative, University of Maryland-Baltimore County)
  • Morning research address lead by Gregorio Valdez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, whose interest is in discovering molecules that protect synapses from the ravages of aging and age-related neurological diseases
  • Special Lunch seminars from Gianna Hammer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immunology at  Duke University, whose research seeks to understand the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease by dissecting  the interactions between host dendritic cells and the microbiome and from Tracy Johnson, PhD, Professor of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology,  Maria Rowena Ross Chair of Cell Biology and Biochemistry, HHMI Professor and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, UCLA , who focuses on understanding how regulation of RNA splicing and other RNA processing reactions allows the cell to respond to its environment
  • Closing research keynote from Baldomero “Toto" Olivera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biology, HHMI Investigator, University of Utah, whose research interests spans from molecular mechanisms that underlie nervous system function to understanding how to implement strong science education in diverse cultural settings

**Register Here by July 27th**

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For more information about Duke BioCoRE please visit our official website and if you have any additional questions regarding BioCoRE and/or our symposium, feel free to reach us at   



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