2014 Agenda

BTR P41 Directors Meeting
"Pushing the Boundaries of Science & Technology"
March 24-25, 2014
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel
1750 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, MD, 20852
Tel: 1-301-468-1100


Day 1:  Monday, March 24
8:00- 8:30 Setup Posters
8:30-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
NIGMS Director- Jon R Lorsch, PhD          
NIBIB Director- Roderic I Pettigrew, PhD       
9:00-10:00 Plenary Talk 
Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution
Eric Betzig, PhD – Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus 
10:00-10:30 Break and Posters
10:30-12:30 Rapid Fire Talks
12:30-2:30 Lunch and Posters
2:30-3:30 “Pushing the Boundaries of Science and Technology”, Part I

The mission we have all embraced as Directors of Biomedical Technology Resource Centers is the development of new technologies that enable new science. The push/pull of this endeavor is present in the majority of our activities. This panel will present explicit examples where the exciting new technologies developed at BTRC’s have enabled fundamentally new understanding in a wide range of scientific fields. As BTRC directors, we all have anecdotes where colleagues have come to use with important scientific questions and laid the challenge at our feet to develop the tools to answer those questions. We will explore both directions- Science pushing technology- technology pushing science.

Kamil Ugurbil, PhD – University of Minnesota Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
Bruce Rosen, MD PhD – Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Functional Neuroimaging Technologies
Bridget Carragher, PhD – The Scripps Research Institute National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy
  Enrico Gratton, PhD – University of California, Irvine Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics
3:30-4:30   Break and Posters
4:30-6:00 NIGMS and NIBIB Breakout Sessions
Breakout for administrative sessions, NIBIB and NIGMS
6:00 Break
7:00-9:30 Dinner
Cash Bar + Bar tender
Diner Speaker - Rafael Yuste, PhD- Columbia University
Day 2: Tuesday, March 25
Coffee and Posters
Opening, housekeeping items 
8:30-9:00 “Pushing the Boundaries of Science and Technology”, Part II

K. Kirk Shung, PhD- University of Southern California
Resource Center on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technolog


Tom Ferrin, PhD- University of California- San Francisco
Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization and Informatics

9:00-9:300 New Center Talk
Richard D Cumming, PhD – Emory University National Center for Functional Glycomics
10:00-12:00 Partnering Session

BTRC’s are by definitions extended collaborations. We are all familiar with the need to reach out to our scientific colleagues as partners. This will explore alternative partnerships beyond the traditional academic collaborations. How do we partner with industry? How do we commercialize our technology? What are the benefits to our centers? What are the pitfalls? How can we make our centers more accessible? What can we do to encourage new partners?  Our panel of experts will provide explicit examples of how they have developed new partners-academic, commercial, with other (non NIH) funding agencies.


Bastian Driehuys, PhD- Duke University Integrated Center for In Vivo Microscopy

Keith Hodgson, PhD- Stanford University Synchrotron Radiation Structural Biology Resource
Trey Ideker, PhD- University of California, San Diego National Resource for Network Biology
Joachim Kohn, PhD- Rutgers University Resource Integrated Technologies for Polymeric Biomaterials

Trials and Tribulations of Partnering with Industry; Experiences with the Ion Funnel Richard Smith, PhD - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Proteomics Research Resource for Integrative Biology

Bruce Tromberg, PhD-University of California, Irvine A Laser Microbeam Biotechnology Resource
12:00-12:20 Closing remarks by Program Chairs  
12:20 Adjourn