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Translational Research Forum at #BIO2010: Learning From the Land of Lincoln

Posted by Mary Canady May 4th, 2010 .
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I attended the translational research forum Monday morning at the BIO 2010 convention in Chicago. The morning started with Congressman Dan Lipinski from Illinois, who was a great choice as he is a member of the House Committee for Science and Technology, as well as the House Committee on Small Business. He is sponsoring the NSF Reauthorization Bill, which will increase the NSF budget to $20B by 2015 and include funding for higher risk/reward projects. The bill will also have provisions for research infrastructure and education. This bill is slated …

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#EB10 Conference Report: Lee Hood – A Systems Biology approach to prion disease

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 26th, 2010 .
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This is a post from the 2010 Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, part of the SDBN conference reporting channel.
Leroy Hood probably doesn’t need any introduction here, but for those who don’t know, he’s a leader in using a systems biology to address large, complex medical problems. One such problem is prion disease, a disorder caused by a proteinaceous infectious agent which results in neurodegenerative symptoms as the proteins accumulate in the brain. After decreasing in recent years subsequent to the slaughter of 4.4 million potentially prion-bearing cattle in the …

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#SBS10 Day 3 – Smart mice and blowing House, M.D.’s mind: Drug discovery in epigenetics

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 14th, 2010 .
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At the afternoon session of the Society for Biomolecular Science in Phoenix, it’s all about epigenetics, the study of heritable changes that don’t involve changes in genetic sequence. Epigenetics explains why identical twins turn out a little different and why even cloned cows will have different coloration patterns.

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#SBS10 report: iPS disease models coming of age for neurology

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 14th, 2010 .
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I went to a morning session on stem cells on day 2 of the Society for Biomolecular Science meeting in Phoenix, a meeting focused on advancements in drug discovery and screening technology.  After this, it’s all epigenetics.
Stephen Haggarty, Director of the Stanley Center Department of Chemical Neurology spoke on stem cells as genetically accurate disease models. The idea here is that you can take cells from a patient (and relatives) and use the clever trick first reported by Yamanaka et al. to convert skin fibroblast cells into stem cells, called …

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SBS Meeting report shows strong growth of Pubchem database #SBS10

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 14th, 2010 .
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At the 2010 Society for Biomolecular Science meeting on Tuesday, Steve Bryant from NIH gave a report on the increasing utility of the NIH Pubchem database for pharma drug screening programs.

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SBS Day Two: A Holistic Approach To Drug Discovery #sbs10

Posted by Mary Canady April 14th, 2010 .
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I’m blogging from the Society for Biomolecular Sciences conference in Phoenix, the organizers were kind enough to offer two of us complimentary passes. I was surprised that the sessions were separated into disease area, technique, or ‘phenomenon’ (e.g., epigenetics) which seemed a bit curious as well, as I had expected the different types of assay technologies would have been the basis (e.g. HTS, Cell-based). It will be interesting to see how this changes if SBS merges with ALA. Nevertheless, I’ve been spending most of my time in the oncology session, …

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SDBN Channels: Contribute, Interact, Learn

Posted by Mary Canady April 13th, 2010 .
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One thing I’ve learned from starting businesses/groups, is that your grand plans don’t always happen right away, but that they are eventually realized. We started the ‘main’ SDBN group on LinkedIn in order to give members a place to interact and connect, but it has limitations. Here, on the SDBN blog, we can do whatever we want, and the site is built upon WordPress which is infinitely customizable–we can allow anyone to blog here, add forums, etc. The result? We can help to grow San Diego Biotech in new, exciting …

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Blog About Drug Discovery for SDBN at SBS in Phoenix, Get in Free!

Posted by Mary Canady March 2nd, 2010 .
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Drug discovery is obviously a very hot topic for the San Diego biotech industry as we excel at it on so many levels. Many consider the Society for Biomolecular Sciences (SBS) annual conference to be the premier conference for drug discovery, and we are lucky that it will be held a short drive/flight away in Phoenix, Arizona this year April 11-15.
The conference organizers are also offering us a handful of FREE passes for those who would like to cover the conference through posts on the SDBN blog. Bloggers will still …

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Becoming Fearless

Posted by Mary Canady February 2nd, 2010 .
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I recently gave a talk at BioToasters, the local ‘biotech-focused’ Toastmasters chapter (they’re great by the way). As I started to prepare, I realized that I was going to an organization devoted to public speaking, and that I haven’t had training in ages. I started to think about why I’m so comfortable with public speaking, and realized that a bad situation a long time ago had made me fearless. I started thinking in more general terms, and how learning to be more fearless can benefit us all.
OK, here’s the story. …

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Speed Networking for Life Scientists

Posted by Rebecca Beattie January 27th, 2010 .
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When’s the last time you met, had a brief conversation and exchanged cards with 20 professionals in 60 minutes? As a scientist, do you find it difficult to talk your way through a crowd? When it comes to networking, do you have the need for speed? Then maybe speed networking is for you! At last week’s SDBN event our members had the opportunity to meet one potential customer, referral, collaborator, qualified candidate, possible employer after another. Here’s how it worked.
Prior to starting, we gave a brief presentation describing what the …

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