Midwest C. elegans Meeting

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Midwest C. elegans Meeting

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am EDT - 6:00 pm EDT

The Midwest C. elegans Meeting brings together scientists from across Michigan and the neighboring states to share the latest in Caenorhabditis elegans research. This year’s meeting will feature a keynote talk by internationally renowned aging expert Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D.

The meeting is free and is open to all scientists with an interest in C. elegans research. It is hosted by Van Andel Research Institute’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science and organized by Assistant Professor Dr. Jeremy Van Raamsdonk.



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kaeberlein_matt_400x400Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Dr. Matt Kaeberlein is a Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Kaeberlein’s research interests are focused on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of aging. He has published more than 150 papers in top scientific journals and his work has been recognized by several prestigious awards, including a Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award from the Glenn Foundation, an Alzheimer’s Association Young Investigator Award, an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award, and a Murdock Trust Award. In 2011, he was named the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star in Aging Research by the American Federation for Aging Research. His contributions have also been recognized with Fellow status in both the American Aging Association and the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Kaeberlein is a past President of the American Aging Association and has served on their Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2012. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Dr. Kaeberlein currently serves on the editorial boards for Science, npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, Cell Cycle, Oncotarget, BioEssays, PloS One, Frontiers in Genetics of Aging, F1000 Research, and Ageing Research Reviews.

Dr. Kaeberlein’s scientific discoveries have generated significant public interest. He has been interviewed by most of the major local media outlets including the Seattle Times, KIRO radio and TV, KOMO radio and TV, and he has made studio appearances on KING 5 TV New Day Northwest and KIRO FM radio. Dr. Kaeberlein’s research has been featured by numerous media outlets both nationally and internationally, including on the front page of the New York Times (5/17/2016), the CNN homepage (10/7/2016), and coverage in the UK Telegraph, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, Popular Science, Time Magazine, Scientific American, NPR, MIT Technology Review, Wired Magazine, Bloomberg News, USA Today, National Geographic, and many others.

In addition to his primary appointments, Dr. Kaeberlein served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biochemistry at the Aging Research Institute of Guangdong Medical College in Dongguan, China from 2009-2014. He is currently the co-Director of the University of Washington Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, the founding Director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute at the University of Washington, and founder and co-Director of the Dog Aging Project.

Meeting attendees are invited to submit abstracts for inclusion in the poster session.

To participate, please fill in the appropriate information during the registration process. Abstracts should be emailed separately to Dr. Megan Senchuk. Abstracts should represent original work and be no more than 300 words long. If planning to present a poster as a group, please note this on your submission and only submit the abstract once.

Posters should be no larger than 60” wide by 40” high.

All abstracts must be submitted by April 7. Please contact Dr. Megan Senchuk with any questions regarding abstracts.

Parking is available in the VAI visitor lot on Crescent St. NE at Division St. Upon reaching the gate, please indicate that you are attending the C. elegans meeting.
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To reach the front doors of the Institute, take the staircase across from the Crescent St. parking lot. At the top, proceed past the park. The Institute’s main Bostwick Ave. NE entrance will be on the left. Please buzz the intercom on the far right wall for access.
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April 22, 2017
10:00 am EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
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