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IAP 2012 Activities by Category

Life Sciences

A Look Inside the Human Brain
Dimitrios Pantazis, Christina Triantafyllou, Quanzheng Li
Wed, Fri, Jan 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 12:30-02:00pm, 46-3015

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Modern imaging technologies at MIT and MGH provide exciting new ways to understand the structure and function of the human brain. We will provide guided tours to our imaging facilities and show how we use these tools to look inside the brain. Our recently installed MEG scanner, capable of measuring magnetic fields a billionth of the magnetic field of earth, can record the simultaneous firing of thousands of cortical neurons as they form dynamic networks. Our MRI scanner provides high resolution images of the human brain as subjects are exposed to a wide variety of visual, auditory, and somatosensory stimuli. Our PET scanners can reveal molecular events of normal and diseased brain that are the intrinsic basis of pathology of all kinds of brain functions. We will introduce these technologies, discuss their contribution to neuroscience, and talk about their potential for future improvement.
Web: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/insidehumanbrai/
Contact: Dimitrios Pantazis, 46-511A, 715-4330, pantazis@mit.edu
Sponsor: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Are You In or Out? An Overview of the Material Transfer Process @ MIT
Rupinder Grewal, Stanley O. King II
Wed Feb 1, 12-01:30pm, 56-162

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

The transfer of materials into and out of MIT is steadily increasing each year. Moreover, the providers and recipients for these materials are diversifying. Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are legal contracts that ensure all parties are permitted to send and receive biological materials, chemical compounds, and other materials. MTAs protect MIT’s intellectual property and freedom to publish, and MTAs record the terms and conditions for the use of the materials. Come and hear members of the Technology Licensing Office discuss MIT's material transfer process. Gain a better understanding of MTAs, MIT’s procedures and policies for MTAs, and how to get your materials expeditiously. Please register at: http://tlo.mit.edu/iapevents
Web: http://tlo.mit.edu/iapevents
Contact: Kikuyu Daniels, NE18-501, x3-6966, kdaniels@mit.edu
Sponsor: Technology Licensing Office

Can We Innovate Our Way Out of the Healthcare Crisis?
Steven E. Locke, M.D. Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Wed Jan 11, 12-01:30pm, E25-401, Please RSVP by 1/10/11

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 10-Jan-2012
Single session event

You bet! 
Innovation in healthcare to reduce cost while improving quality has led to development of technologies for patient engagement, electronic health records, mobile health, and other innovative technologies being part of the “medical home.” For the intended outcomes, we need innovation leaders who can think and act like entrepreneurs. The faculty of the HST.921 course, Enabling Technology Innovation in Healthcare and the Life Sciences, will present and discuss all aspects of the course -- including the mix of lectures by world leaders in medical informatics, skills-based tutorial sessions and faculty-mentored work on industry-sponsored projects. 

We will conduct an experiential workshop in which student teams will collaborate in the impromptu design of a “device,” and we will test it and award a prize to the winning team. Lunch will be provided.
Web: http://www.hst921.org/home/
Contact: Joseph Stein, E25-518, (617) 452-4091, jrstein@mit.edu
Sponsor: Health Sciences & Technology

How Doctors Think: Clinical Cases from the New England Journal of Medicine
Thomas Byrne, MD
Thu Jan 12, Fri Jan 13, Thu Jan 19, Fri Jan 20, 09-11:00am, 46-3015

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 04-Jan-2012
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

How Doctors Think: Clinical Cases from "The New England Journal of Medicine." Cases of stroke, encephalitis, paraneoplastic syndrome, and headache along with other issues will be presented.
Contact: Thomas Byrne, MD, E25-210C, x3-2829, tnbyrne@mit.edu
Sponsor: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Medical Imaging: Seeing What Makes You Sick
Randy Gollub HST/HMS/MGH
Mon-Tue, Jan 9-10, 17, 23-24, 30, 12:30-02:00pm, 36-462 (Allen Room)

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Imaging technologies (MRI, PET, CT, ultrasound, optical) are the cornerstones of medical practice. We will explore how they make physical properties of human tissues visible, highlighting current capabilities, limitations and the future potential of improvements to the technology. We will delve deeply into a physiological process such as angiogenesis and show how it is disrupted by disease focusing on how visualization through different imaging modalities has both advanced our understanding of the biology and contributed to improvements in healthcare. Sessions will focus on a specific example of how one imaging modality is used in the treatment of a cancer, or a neuropsychiatric, pulmonary or cardiovascular disorder. Each session will be led by a unique trio of experienced faculty members (an HMS affiliated clinical translational investigator using an imaging modality in their work, a hosting/collaborating MIT professor who has contributed to the development of that technology and a discussant who has sufficient knowledge and interest in the topic to generate a lively discussion.

Participants are encouraged to attend the 1/09 session to gain more from the activity.

Presenters include: Randy Gollub, Bruce Rosen, Georges El Fakhri, Steve Hyman, Jacob Hooker, Jeff Yap, Collin Stultz, Jose Venegas, Samuel Patz, David Sosnovik, Ron Blankstein, and more.
Web: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/medicalimaging/
Contact: Joseph R Stein, E25-518, (617) 452-4091, jrstein@mit.edu
Sponsor: Health Sciences & Technology

Not acquired, but required: a guide to innate immunity and inflammation
Prof. Jeroen Saeij
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none
Web: https://biology.mit.edu/about/iap
Contact: Prof. Jeroen Saeij, 68-270, x4-5330, saeij@mit.edu
Sponsor: Biology

"You can't catch me! The Red Queen and Other Evolving Concepts in Host Defense"
Lynda Stuart, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fri Jan 13, 11am-12:00pm, Broad Auditorium

"DNA Drives the Innate Immune Response to Malaria"
Douglas Golenbock, Prof/Chief of the Div of Infectious Diseases & Immunology, Umass Worcester
Tue Jan 17, 11am-12:00pm, Broad Auditorium

"Genes and networks of the immune system"
Nir Hacochen, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Please note: different building/room location
Wed Jan 25, 11am-12:00pm, Whitehead Auditorium

"Treg and Th17 cells in autoimmunity and tissue inflammation"
Vijay Kuchroo, Prof of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Associate Immunologist at Brigham & Women's
Mon Jan 30, 11am-12:00pm, Broad Auditorium

"Visualizing Anti-Viral Immunity"
Ulrich von Andrian, Mallinckrodt Prof of Immunopathology Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fri Feb 3, 11am-12:00pm, Broad Auditorium

Taking the Next Step in Academic Science
Biology Postdoc Association & Biology Graduate Students
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

MIT Biology is also offering a selection of talks on the practice of science, navigating academia, and balancing it all with a life outside the lab.
Web: https://biology.mit.edu/about/iap
Contact: Prof. Jeroen Saeij, 68-270, x4-5330, saeij@mit.edu
Sponsor: Biology

Finding a Postdoc
Jane Kim, H.Robert Horvitz, Nora Zizlsperger
Are you interested in doing a postdoc? Want to learn about an industry postdoc? Come hear about the details of interview/application from a professor, princple scientist and an MIT graduate who is currently a postdoc. Find out what makes a good postdoc candidate from a faculty perspective and what makes a good postdoc experience in industry or academia.
Thu Jan 12, 02-03:00pm, 68-181

New Professor Experience
Michael Laub, Dennis Kim, Laurie Boyer
Learn from current faculty who have recently been "new professors" on
their experiences.
Fri Jan 13, 01:30-03:00pm, 68-181

Finding a Faculty Position
M. Kosinski-Collins, M. Berkmen, T. Orr-Weaver
Looking for that professorship is a daunting process. What do search committees look for? Where do you find information? What should you do at an interview? What are the pitfalls? Come find out from faculty at different career stages who have experienced all aspects of the process.
Wed Jan 18, 01-03:00pm, 68-181

Protect and License IP with MIT Technology Licensing Office
Craig Kennedy, Tom Tachovsky
Many brilliant inventions have been discovered everyday at MIT, which will lead to enormous commercial interests. Thus, it is critical for the MIT community to know how to protect the IPs, what is the ownership and how to transfer useful IPs into a possible startup. Here we will hear the advice from MIT Technology Licensing Office!
Thu Jan 19, 01-02:30pm, 68-181

Grant Writing
Bob Sauer, Graham Walker
Getting grants is critical to both starting and maintaining your research lab. Come hear from faculty who have been through the process from both the application and decision making side.
Fri Jan 27, 02-04:00pm, 68-181

Work/Life Balance Panel
Mary Gehring, Iain Cheeseman, Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam
Being successful in careers in the life sciences largely depends on the ability to efficiently manage several tasks both at work and at home. Join a discussion with other MIT researchers who have faced this challenge and learned to get the job done while maintaining a good work-life balance.
Wed Feb 1, 01-02:00pm, 68-181

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