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Morning Session

7:30 – Registration, poster set-up, continental breakfast

8:30 – Welcome

8:40 – Keynote address
Kenneth Walsh, PhD
Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Musings on building a muscular research career

9:40 – Norihiro Yumoto, PhD
Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University Medical Center
(Mentor: Steven Burden, PhD)
Neuromuscular synapse formation: Responses to muscle-derived retrograde signals, regulating presynaptic differentiation

10:15 – Myron Ignatius, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
(Mentor: David Langenau, PhD)
Understanding functional tumor heterogeneity in embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma

10:50 – Coffee break

11:20 – Career development panel discussion
Amanda Boyce, PhD
Health Scientist Administrator, Program Officer, NIAMS at National Institutes of Health
Sonia Kim, PhD
Manager for Marketing and Industry Partnerships, Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO), Northwestern University
Carl Morris, PhD
Director, Protein Therapeutics and Molecular Biology, Pfizer Rare Disease Research Unit
Kiersten Smith, PhD
Senior Medical Writer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Afternoon Session

12:50 – Lunch and poster sessions

    • 12:50-1:50: Poster session 1 (even numbered speakers)
    • 1:50-2:50:   Poster session 2 (odd numbered speakers)

3:00 – Zhuoxian Meng, MD, PhD
Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan
(Mentor: Jiandie Lin, PhD)
Glycolytic muscle: Development and its role in energy homeostasis

3:35 – Jennifer Davis, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
(Mentor: Jeffery Molkentin, PhD)
Molecular regulators of myofibroblast differentiation and fibrosis

4:10 – Douglas Millay, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern
(Mentor: Eric Olson, PhD)
Mechanisms and applications of myoblast fusion

4:45 – Concluding remarks

5:00 – Reception

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