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Sharing Science: 2nd Annual Temple Translational Science Symposium

September 25, 2013


Second Annual Temple Translational Science SymposiumNearly 200 post-doctoral and graduate student researchers presented posters on a diverse
and fascinating array of scientific subjects at the Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) and
Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) Second Annual Temple Translational Science Symposium, an all-day event held on September 20 in the Medical Education and Research Building.


Hundreds more scientists, clinicians, administrators, students, and visitors were attracted to the event, eager to share information and exchange insights about their scientific research. The symposium also featured a series of lectures on subjects ranging from the cellular effects of virus-induced proteins, to vascular biology in chronic kidney disease, to the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease.


“We have an exciting environment for scientific discovery at Temple – one that stimulates successful collaboration among researchers at Temple University School of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Temple University,” said Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Dean of Temple University School of Medicine and President & CEO of Temple University Health System, in his opening remarks at the event.


“We have already established several grant-funded research projects involving co-principal investigators at FCCC and TUSM, and this is just the beginning of such collaborations which lead to outstanding science, going forward,” added J. Robert Beck, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Academic & Chief Medical Officer of FCCC.


Three investigators – Crystal Gadegbeku, MD, Dan Liebermann, PhD, and Domenico Praticò, MD – were honored at the symposium with awards for Senior Research Excellence, while three more – Siddharth Balachandran, PhD, Ana Gamero, PhD, and Roberto Caricchio, MD, received Early Research Investigator awards.


Temple neurovirologist Kamel Khalili, PhD, was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award for career-spanning research devoted to understanding how HIV affects the brain, and to developing strategies for the treatment and eradication of NeuroAIDS. “I have had wonderful colleagues ever since I came to Temple in 1999, and I appreciate the support that Temple has given me over the years,” Khalili said.


“The life-blood of a research institution is its trainees – and we salute our graduate and post-doctoral students for the tremendous quality of their work on display at this symposium,” said Arthur Feldman, MD, PhD, Executive Dean of TUSM and Chief Academic Officer of Temple University Health System. “This forum presents an excellent opportunity for students and mentors alike to learn about each other’s work, discuss its implications, and explore future opportunities – thereby building new bridges and collaborations between Temple’s campuses, schools, and departments."


Dr. Kamel Khalili (center) receiving Lifetime Achievement Award, with Dr. Arthur Feldman (left) and Dr. Larry Kaiser (right)


Image: Dr. Kamel Khalili (center) receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, with Dr. Arthur Feldman (left) and Dr. Larry Kaiser (right)