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Prior ACTRI Seminar Series

The ACTRI Seminar Series serves clinicians, scientists, scholars and trainees at UC San Diego and our Partner/Affiliated Institutions by providing lectures and workshops on a broad range of clinical and translational research topics, including cutting-edge clinical and translational research methodologies and applications. The seminars provide a strong venue for networking and developing and advancing collaborations. Speakers include local and outside invited national and international leaders in their fields. Seminar presentations are posted on the ACTRI website to serve as further educational material.

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Prior Seminars

Date Presenter/Presentation
​October 3, 2019
Sekar Katherisan, MD

Verve Therapeutics

Daniel T. O'Connor Memorial Lecture: Genetic Basis for Risk and Resistance of Heart Attack
September 23, 2019
​Sujan Shresta, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Infectious Disease
La Jolla Institute for Immunology
La Jolla, CA

Zika and Dengue Immunity: A Complicated Relationship 
​July 25, 2019
Amit R. Majithia, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology, Institute for Genomic Medicine

Integrating experiments of man and nature to identify new therapeutic targets and direct treatment in metabolic diseases
​April 30, 2019

Kristian G. Andersen, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Infectious Disease Genomics, Scripps Research Translational Institute
Department of Immunology and Microbiology
California Campus


​February 28, 2019

​Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
UC San Diego 

Health Tech Ethics for the Digital Age

November 6, 2018

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH
Co-Director, Center for Better Beginnings
Professor, Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology
Department of Pediatrics
UC San Diego

Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Need for Better Data on Medication Safety in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

​September 27, 2018 

Helen Hobbs, MD 
Professor, Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics 
UT Southwestern Medical Center Investigator 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Daniel T. O’Connor Annual Memorial Lecture: Genetics, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Colloquium

September 20, 2018  Mark S. Wallace, MD 
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Chair, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
Director, ACTRI Division of Clinical Research
UC San Diego

The National Opioid Crisis: Is Cannabis Helpful or Harmful?
July 19, 2018 Rohit Loomba, MD
Director, NAFLD Research Center
Director of Hepatology
Vice Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, UC San Diego

Innovations in Non-invasive Imaging Assessment of Treatment Response in NASH
June 7, 2018 Richard H. Scheuermann, Ph.D.
Director, La Jolla Campus, J. Craig Venter Institute
Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathology, UC San Diego

Development and Application of Computational Methods for Analysis of Flow and Mass Cytometry Data: A Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Illustration
April 5, 2018 Robert Califf, MD
Former FDA Commissioner
Former Vice Chancellor of Clinical and Translational Research, Duke University

The Role of “Real World Evidence” and Big Data in Development and Assessment of Therapies
March 20, 2018 Brinda K. Rana, PhD
Associate (Adj) Professor
Department of Psychiatry & UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging

Twins in Space: Omics Studies from NASA's One-Year Mission 
December 15, 2017 Alessandra Franco, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

The Role of Immunodominant Fc Peptides in Stimulating Natural Regulatory T Cells
September 12, 2017 Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC
Director of Step Family Foundation Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Current and Future Directions
April 5, 2017 Dr. Huong Q. Nguyen
Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Department of Research & Evaluation

Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement Science Webinar
April 4, 2017 Lisa T. Eyler, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego Healthcare System

Accelerated Brain and Biological Aging in Serious Mental Illness
February 23, 2017 Howard J. Jacob, PhD
Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics, Chief Medical Genomics Officer,
and Faculty Investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Lecture: From Hypertension to Genomic Medicine
January 18, 2017 J. Craig Venter, PhD
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity, Inc.
Co-Founder, Chairman, Co-Chief Scientific Officer, Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute
Human Genomics and the Future of Medicine

*Venter talk took place at the ACTRI Auditorium as part of the ACTRI Day of Translational Science
November 15, 2016 Thomas Liu, PhD
Director, Center for Functional MRI, UC San Diego

Imaging the Dynamic Restless Brain
July 23, 2016 Aaron Chang, PhD
Director, UC San Diego Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Gene List Search Engines for Large-scale Cancer Datasets
June 23, 2016 Victor Nizet, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacy, UC San Diego
Vice Chair of Research Department of Pediatrics

Collaborating with the Innate Immune System to Treat Multidrug-Resistant Superbugs
June 1, 2016 Jessica Hawks, MPH, MSW and Katy Sileo, MPH
Doctoral students at SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health
Rady Children's Plaza
Co-hosted by UC San Diego CTRI

Special Implementation Science Seminar
Mommy and Me Intuitively: Developing an Implementation Strategy for an Evidence-based Practice to Reduce Obesity
March 15, 2016 Dewleen Baker, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
UC San Diego

Seeking Risk and Resilience Factors for Development of PTSD: The Marine Resiliency Study
October 22, 2015 Kang Zhang, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief, Ophthalmic Genetics
UC San Diego

The Epigenetic Clock and Aging Rate
October 15, 2015 Eleazar Eskin, PhD
Associate Professor, Computer Science, Human Genetics

Daniel T. O'Connor Inaugural Memorial Lecture: Known and Unknown Confounding in Genetic Studies
August 18, 2015 Mohit Jain, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
UC San Diego

Defining the Environmental Determinants of Human Disease 
April 23, 2015 Scott Peterson, PhD
Professor, Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases Center Program in Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla

Translational Opportunities in the Gut Microbiome to Promote Human Health
January 22, 2015 Steven Steinhubl, MD
Director of Digital Medicine, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Scripps Health, La Jolla

mHealth: Can it Transform Care and Clinical Trials
November 6, 2014 Barry H. Greenberg, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Director, Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Program, UCSD

Gene Transfer Therapy for Heart Failure
August 21, 2014 Bradley S. Moore, PhD
Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Director, Scripps Center for Oceans and Human Health

Mining Microbial Genomes for New Natural Product Drug Leads
May 15, 2014 Larry Goldstein, PhD
UCSD Distinguished Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Department of Neurosciences; Director, UC San Diego Stem Cell Program; Scientific Director, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine; Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center

Using Pluripotent Stem Cells to Understand and Treat Alzheimer's Disease
February 27, 2014 Kristen Jepsen
Director, IGM Genomics Center, UCSD IGM Genomics Center

Enabling Access to Genomics Technology
December 05, 2013 James A.J. Fitzpatrick, PhD
Director, Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Core, Staff Scientist, Salk Institute

Imaging Cells in Time and Space
September 26, 2013 Geert  W. Schmid-Schoenbein, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine, Institute of Engineering Medicine, UCSD

The Autodigestion Hypothesis for Inflammation
May 16, 2013 Ramesh Rao, PhD
Director, UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CaliT2), Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering, Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technology

Ubiquitous Sensing for Somatic Studies
February 14, 2013 Klaus Ley, MD
Division Head and Professor, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

The Autoimmune Hyphothesis in Atherosclerosis
November 1, 2012 Alessandra Franco, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCSD

Natural regulatory T cells recognize the heavy constant region (FC) of immunoglobulins: a novel mechanism for IVIG Immunotherapy in Pediatric Immune-Mediated Diseases
August 23, 2012 Michael Jackson, PhD
Associate Professor, Vice President, Drug Discovery and Development, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Drug Discovery: Generating Drug Candidates to Novel Targets
June 7, 2012 Chris A. Benedict, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Immune Regulation, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Immunity to Cytomegalovirus Infection....and Why You Should Care
March 7, 2012 (canceled) Virgil L. Woods, Jr., MD
Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Division, UCSD

Acceleration of Translational Investigation with Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange Mass Spectrometry (DXMS)
November 8, 2011 Elizabeth A. Komives, PhD
Professor of Chemistry and Biology

New Approaches to Clinical Proteomics
September 13, 2011 Richard L. Lieber, PhD
Vice Chair and Professor of Orthopaedics and Bioengineering, UCSD, & Koichi Masuda, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics, UCSD

High Resolution, Rutomated Analysis of Musculoskeletal Tissues
August 29, 2011 Scott Matthews, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD

Clinical Applications of Brain Imaging