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SWIU and SBUR have a common interest in recognizing female scientists with an accomplished background of basic science urological research. This award represents the collaborative efforts of these two societies toward their common goals.

Join us for Games, Beverages, and Picnic Barbeque.
Bocce Ball, Frisbee, Kickball, Tug-of-War, and much more!

Kids games start at ~ 4:00pm
Food starts at ~ 5:00pm
Games starts at ~ 6:30pm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Red Wooden Shelter
Gallup Park
3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor

The annual retreat for the Genetics Training Program will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 9 am to noon in the Kahn Auditorium, BSRB (Biomedical Science and Research Building) 109 Zina Pitcher Place. At 10 am, Dr. Meisler, Director of the Training Grant from 2000 to 2014, will present the keynote lecture, "Genetic Approaches to Neurological Disease: 20 Years of Student Discoveries."

Miriam Meisler is Professor of Human Genetics and Neurology, and Myron Levine Distinguished University Professor. Her research employs mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying neurological disorders. Her laboratory identified the first human mutations in sodium channels SCN1A and SCN8A responsible for epilepsy and developmental delay, and mutations of phosphlipid metabolism responsible for peripheral nerve disorders and defects in neuronal migration.

Three graduates of the Genetics Training Program who carried out thesis research in the Meisler lab and contributed to the work she will be discussing will also be featured on the program. They will present updates on their current research and career paths since leaving the University of Michigan. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., Nicholas Plummer, Ph.D., Staff Scientist at the NIH/NIEHS in North Carolina, will present "New Mouse Strains for Manipulating Genetically Defined Subpopulations of Central Norepinephrine Neurons"; David Buchner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics at Case Western University, will present "Understanding the Complex Genetic Basis of Obesity and Glucose Homeostasis"; and Janelle O'Brien, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of Iowa, will present "Treatment of Retinal Degeneration in a Mouse Model of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome."

First evidence of how cells block mutation-causing activity of junk DNA may have significance for cancer drug development.