Skirball 2014 Annual Symposium

The Social Lives of Cells: Making and Breaking Cellular Contacts

Every organ in the developing and the mature organism contains multiple diff erent cell types, which are produced by an exchange of signals that mutually coordinate their diff erentiation and organization. How cells communicate with one another to ensure that the correct cell types are produced and maintained, while damaged cells are eliminated, is fundamental to all of biology. “The Social Lives of Cells: Making and Breaking Cellular Contacts” is focused on how cells communicate with one another, how intra- and inter-cell signaling lead to distinct states of diff erentiation, and how these signaling mechanisms can go awry in disease.

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Farkas Auditorium

NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Ave., New York, NY

The 2014 Skirball Symposium is open to the public. Registration is not required.

 

PROGRAM

8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast - Outside Farkas Hall

9:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction
Ruth Lehmann, PhD, Director, Skirball Institute, Chair, Department of Cell Biology, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology, Director of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel center for Stem Cell Biology, NYU School of Medicine, HHMI Investigator

9:40 AM

The Genetic Control of Programmed Cell Death and Cellular Reprogramming in the Nematode C. elegans
Ochoa Lecture *
H. Robert Horvitz, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, HHMI

10:25 AM

New Signals in Cell Movement: Insights from Zebrafish
Alexander F. Schier, PhD, Harvard University

11:10 AM

Coffee Break - Outside Farkas Hall

11:30 AM

Novel Modes of Cellular Communication:
From Specialized Ribosomes to Signaling Filopodia
Maria Barna, PhD, Stanford University

12:15 AM

Mechanical Feedback Through E-Cadherin Promotes Direction Sensing During Collective Cell Migration
Denise Montell, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

1:00 PM

Lunch Break

2:30 PM

Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition:
Invasion, Metastasis and Cancer Stem Cells
Robert A. Weinberg, PhD, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

3:15 PM

Molecular Insights into Highly Social Receptor-Ligand Interactions: 
Wnt/Frizzled and IgSF Proteins
K. Christopher Garcia, PhD, Stanford University, HHMI

4:00 PM

Assembly of Retinal Circuits
Joshua Sanes, PhD, Harvard University

4:45 PM

Cell Recognition and the Assembly of Neural Circuits
S. Lawrence Zipursky, PhD, University of California, HHMI

5:30 PM

Closing
Ruth Lehmann, PhD, Director, Skirball Institute, Chair, Department of Cell Biology, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology, Director of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel center for Stem Cell Biology, NYU School of Medicine, HHMI Investigator

* The Severo Ochoa lectureship was established by Drs. Bernard Levine and Joseph Schlessinger in 1998 to honor Severo Ochoa, Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and then of Biochemistry at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Ochoa shared the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Arthur Kornberg of Stanford University for unraveling the mechanisms of the biological synthesis of ribonucleic acid and deoxyribonucleic acid.

 

The 2014 Skirball Institute 15th Annual Symposium is organized by Steve Burden, Ken Cadwell, Jeremy Nance, David Stokes, Jesús Torres-Vázquez

Direct all inquiries to Laura E. Rivera 212-263-3289