2019 Annual Symposium

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the 2019 SCBA-CBIS-BBB Annual Scientific Symposium to be held in Boston Longwood area on Novermber 23rd, 2019.

Organized by BBB (Boston Biology and Biotechnology Association), this conference offers an inspiring platform for all participants to share knowledge, establish collaborations, make friends and advance career.

Two sessions will be presented to cover the major advance in biotechnology/biomedicine in recent years, which include cancer biology, epigenetic, immunology, microbiome, neuroscience and metabolism, etc.  We will also have a panel discussion on Protecting and Commercializing Biotech Intellectual Property, featuring panelists from Investors, founders, PIs, and patent lawyers. The goal of this event is to accelerate the application of current advanced technology, promote more collaborations among BBB members and facilitate smooth commercialization of innovative ideas into clinical products.

1. Early bird registration ($17+processing fee) starts on 10/09/2019 12PM, and ends on 11/17/2019 11:30PM.
2. Regular registration ($26+processing fee) starts on 11/18/2019 12AM, and ends on 11/21/2019 12PM.
3. On site registration ($35+processing fee) starts on 11/23/2019 8:30AM and ends on 11/23/2019 5:00PM.

8:45-9:00am: Check in
8:50-9:00am: Opening Remarks
Dr. Lee Zou, Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
9:00-9:45am: Opening Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Dr. Yingzi Yang, Harvard Dental School of Medicine
Title: Learning Developmental Biology from Understanding Genetic Diseases

Section I: Cancer Biology and Epigenetics
Moderator: Dr. Wenyi Wei, Beth Israel Deacon Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
9:45-10:05 am: Dr. Yi Zhang, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Title: Reprogramming from pluripotent to totipotent state
10:05-10:25 am: Dr. Yujiang Shi, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, HMS
Title: The Glucose/AMPK/TET/5hmC Axis Linking Diabetes to Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease.
10:25-11:45 am: Dr. Jean Zhao, Dana Faber Cancer Institute, HMS
Title: Advancing a cancer drug development from academic institute to pharmaceutical industry
10:50-11:00 am: Dr. Quinn Li, Biocytogen Boston Corp
Title: Unlock the Power of Innovative Animal Models - a Discovery Booster
11:00-11:15am: Coffee Break

Section II: Microbiome and human diseases
Moderator: Dr. Lee Zou, Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
11:15-11:35am: Dr. Gang Fang, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Title: Illuminating Bacterial Epigenomes to Characterize Pathogens and Microbiome
11:35- 11:55pm: Dr. Xuesong He, Foryth Institute
Title: Human oral nanobacteria: walking the fine line between parasitism and mutualism
11:55-12:15pm: Dr. Xinhua Chen, Beth Israel Deacon Medical Center, HMS
Title: C. difficile 2020—still stinky and difficult 
12:15—1:00 pm: Keynote speaker
Speaker: Dr. Zhigang He, Boston Children’s Hospital, HMS
Title: Functional Restoration after CNS injury

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch Break (lunch box will be provided to all attendees)

Section III: Panel Discussion:
Protecting and Commercializing Biotech Intellectual Property
Moderator: Dr. Dong Kong, Tufts University
2:00-3:00 pm
Panel list
Gaopeng Chen, Ph.D., Vice President of ZhenFund
Peng Lin, Ph.D. J.D, Patent Attorney, Associate, Fish & Richardson
Shan Lu, M.D., Ph.D, Professor, University of Massachusetts
Qiaobing Xu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tufts University
Jean Zhao, Ph.D., Dana Faber Cancer Institute, HMS

3:00-3:15pm Coffee Break

Section IV: Neuroscience and treatment
Moderator: Dr. Dong Kong, Tufts University
3:15-3:35pm Dr. Yongjie Yang, Tufts University
Title: Neuron to astroglia signaling and its implication in Fragile X Syndrome
3:35-3:55pm. Dr. Weifeng Xu, Brown University
Title: Experience-dependent organization of excitatory synapses
3:55-4:15pm: Dr. Qiaobing Xu, Tufts University
Title: Engineering Lipid Nanoparticles for Gene Editing
4:15-4:35pm Dr. Dongfeng Chen, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute, HMS
Title: Emerging concept of adaptive immunity in neurodegeneration

4:35-5:20pm Keynote
Speaker: Dr. Jianzhu Chen, MIT
Title: Macrophages in Health and Diseases
5:20-5:30pm Closing remarks

Above all, the organizers value your participation as the most important part of the event. In addition to attend the event as an attendee, you are also encouraged to participate as a sponsor. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsorship. Thanks a lot.

The Organization Committee of the BBB 2019 Annual Scienticic Symposium

Xiaobo Zhou, Hong Chen, Yang-Yu Liu, Dong Kong, Guang Yang