Annual Retreat 2017

Regeneration Next Annual Retreat
1 –  6:30 pm, Nov 3, 2017
Trent Semans Center, Duke University, Durham NC

Registration now open!
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Constance Cepko, Ph.D.


The retreat will showcase a wide breadth of regenerative biology and regenerative medicine research across multiple departments. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Connie Cepko, Professor of Genetics in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

All are welcome to attend. Directions and Parking for the Trent Semans Center here>



12:00 – 1:00                Optional Mentoring lunch with experts (Sign up here. Lunch will be provided to those who sign up).

 1:00  pm                    RETREAT BEGINS

1:00 – 1:15                  Welcome and opening remarks: Ken Poss, Director, RNI

1:15 – 2:30                  Session One
Moderators: Valentina Cigliola and Abdelhalim Loukil

Transdifferentiation in airway regeneration, Aleksandra Tata, Cell Biology

Building the ancestral deuterostome nervous system: Identification of neural transcription factors required for the differentiation of neuronal subtypes in the sea urchin embryo, Leslie Slota, Biology

Spatially Specific Fringe Modulation of Notch Ligands Supports Mammalian Intestinal Homeostasis, Preetish Murthy, Biomedical Engineering

Spine patterning is guided by segmentation of the notochord sheath, Susan Wopat, Cell Biology

2:30 – 2:45                  Coffee Break

2:45 – 4:00                  Session Two
Moderators: Brian Cosgrove and Wenxiu Ning 

Cell-cell fusion facilitates aneuploidy tolerance in a developing organ, Nora Peterson, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

In vivo analysis of intestinal epithelial damage responses in a zebrafish model of NSAID-induced injury, Ted Espenscheid, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Glutamine metabolism is required for the maintenance and specification of mesenchymal stem cells, Courtney Karner, Orthopaedics

BMP6 Stimulates Proliferation of Pancreatic Islet Alpha Cells, Lu Zhang, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

4:00 – 5:00                  KEYNOTE LECTURE: Connie Cepko, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

5:00 – 6:30 pm            Draw-your-poster session and cocktail reception
Everyone who submitted an abstract will be given markers and have 15 minutes to draw their poster, and spend the rest of the time networking and elaborating on the poster. This should be a fun, informal event designed to spur lots of discussion!