2018 Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar Symposium
April 13, 2018
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
5050 Brehm Tower
The Taubman Institute is pleased to showcase the work of four outstanding clinician-scientists at its 2018 Emerging Scholars Symposium on April 13.
The newest Taubman Scholar, Donna Martin, MD, PhD, will present the keynote talk, “Novel Insights into CHD7 Function and CHARGE Syndrome.”
Dr. Martin, the Donita B. Sullivan Research Professor in Pediatrics, is a professor of pediatrics and of human genetics. Her research focuses on the genetic basis of neural development and disorders of human development. Specifically, she studies genes predicted to influence neuronal stem cell proliferation, differentiation, and migration. Her laboratory team is interested in the epigenetic roles of an ATP dependent chromodomain remodeling gene, CHD7, in the developing inner ear, olfactory system, and central nervous system. CHD7 pathogenic variants in humans cause CHARGE syndrome, a congenital anomaly condition that affects the brain, eyes, ears, heart, and craniofacial structures.
Following Dr. Martin’s talk, we’ll hear from three Taubman Emerging Scholars – early-career physician-researchers who have been selected to receive grants aimed at accelerating their medical discovery. They include:
- Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD, assistant professor of internal medicine
- “Lupus skin is not normal: Intrinsic dysregulation of epithelial interferons drives cutaneous lupus predisposition”
- Karen McLean, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology
- “Tumor microenvironment signaling in ovarian cancer”
- Rajesh Rao, MD, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, visual sciences and pathology
- “COMPASS acts as a temporal rheostat to control retinal neuroectoderm versus mesoderm fate choice”
The symposium is free and open to the general public. Coffee and networking will open at 8 am, with talks commencing at 8:30 am. A Q&A session and brief break will follow each presentation.
The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Topics planned for the CME activity do not relate to products or services of an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Therefore, the planners and speakers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.