AAAS Boston science meeting: Genomics, bioengineering, stroke research and more

aaas logoThe annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (aka Triple-A-S) is coming to Boston in February.They offer plenty of sessions on health topics in between panels on chemistry, astrophysics and robotics.

It’s not exactly an academic meeting and not exactly for the general public. Unless you’re s student, the registration fees start at $235 and go up. But, we’ll be reporting on some of the below events  here and elsewhere.  This is just a selection from the program

The Science of Uncertainty in Genomic Medicine

Friday, 15 February 10:00AM-11:30AM

Organized by: Reed E. Pyeritz, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Shili Lin, Ohio State University, Columbus

SPEAKERS

Giovanni Parmigiani, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

How Useful Is It to Know Your Genome?

James P. Evans, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Genomics in Clinical Medicine: Navigating the Spectrum from Certainty to Uncertainty

Robert C. Green, Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Boston, MA

A Data-Driven Pathway to Genomic Medicine

Between Science, Society, and Policy

Saturday, 16 February 8:30AM-11:30AM

Organized by: Peter Yang, Brenna Krieger, and Kevin Bonham, Harvard University, Boston, MA

SPEAKERS

Ting Wu, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Personal Genetics and Education

Mary Carmichael, Boston Globe, Malden, MA

The Media and the Personal Genetics Revolution

Brian Naughton, 23andMe Inc., New York City

Commercialization of Personal Genomics: Promise and Potential Pitfalls

Mira Irons, Children’s Hospital Boston, MA

Personal Genomic Medicine: How Physicians Can Adapt to a Genomic World

Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Societal and Ethical Dimensions of the Personal Genomics Revolution

Jonathan Gitlin, National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD

Personal Genomics and Science Policy

 

Interfacing with the Body Using Implants and Prostheses

Sunday, 17 February 8:00AM-9:30AM

Organized by: Erin Heath, AAAS Office of Government Relations, Washington, DC

SPEAKERS

Leigh Hochberg, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Restoring Communication and Mobility Through Neurotechnology

*Hugh Herr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

Perfecting the Prosthetic Limb

Joseph F. Rizzo III, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Creating a Retinal Implant

 

Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Monday, 18 February 9:45AM-12:45PM

Organized by: Elicia M.A. Maine, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada; James M. Utterback, MIT, Cambridge, MA

SPEAKERS

Robert S. Langer, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Challenges and Opportunities at the Confluence of Biotechnology and Nanomaterials

Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Clean Energy Innovation from the Confluence of Technologies

Sarah Kaplan, University of Toronto, ON, Canada

The Process and Practice of Interdisciplinary Research

Elicia M.A. Maine, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Global Bio-Nano Firms: Exploiting the Confluence of Technologies

Han Cao, BioNano Genomics Inc., San Diego, CA

Commercializing Innovation: Applying Nanotechnology to Genomics

 

Why is Living Healthily So Difficult?

Saturday, 16 February 1:00PM-2:30PM

Organized by: Benedikt Herrmann, Joint Research Center, European Commission, Ispra, Italy; Geraldine Barry, Joint Research Center, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

SPEAKERS

David Laibson, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Behavioral Economics and Health Behaviors

Todd Hare, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Self-Control in Value-Based Choices

Benedikt Herrmann, Joint Research Center, European Commission, Ispra, Italy

How Much Do Social Norms Influence Our Ambitions To Live Healthily?

 

The Toxicological Impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human and Wildlife Health

Saturday, 16 February 8:30AM-11:30AM

Organized by: John Pierce Wise Sr., University of Southern Maine, Portland; R. Joseph Griffitt, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs

SPEAKERS

Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance, Gloucester, MA

Introduction to the Deepwater Horizon Accident

Samantha B. Joye, University of Georgia, Athens

Impact of the Gulf Oil Crisis on the Sea Floor

Carys Mitchelmore, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD

Laboratory Studies to Assess the Effects of Oil Spill Chemical Dispersants on Corals

R. Joseph Griffitt, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs

Effects of Dispersed Oil on Larval Sheepshead Minnows

Greg Mayer, Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Weathering and Dispersion of Crude Oil Alter Its Toxicity in Fundulus Grandis

John Pierce Wise Sr., University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

The Gulf of Mexico Offshore Toxicology Study

 

A 50 Year Legacy: Why does Rachel Carson Matter?

Sunday, 17 February 10:00AM-11:30AM

Organized by: Jane Maienschein and Gregg Zachary, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

SPEAKERS

Sharon Kingsland, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Bridging Two Cultures: Rachel Carson as Scientist and Humanist

Gregg Zachary, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Back to the Future: The Rachel Carson “Model” as a Response to the Crisis in Science

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA, Washington, DC

Rachel Carson and Responsible Science Policy

 

The Benefits of Randomized Experiments for Science and Society

Friday, 15 February 1:00PM-2:30PM

Organized by: Daniel McCaffrey, RAND Corp., Pittsburgh, PA

SPEAKERS

Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Experimenting with Politics

Michael Kremer, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Experimenting with Public Health and Education in the Developing World

Susan Murphy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Experimenting to Improve Clinical Practice

 

Stroke Research: New Concepts and Innovative Solutions

Friday, 15 February 3:00PM-4:30PM

Organized by: Virginija Dambrauskaite and Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium

SPEAKERS

Costantino Iadecola, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City

Great Expectations: The Promise of the Neurovascular Unit for Stroke Therapy

Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto, ON, Canada

Engineering Meets Medicine: Innovative Strategies To Overcome Stroke

Stephen Meairs, University Medical Center Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Germany

The European Stroke Network: A Platform for Overcoming the Translational Roadblock

 

Engineering the Nervous System: Solutions to Restore Sight, Hearing, and Mobility

Sunday, 17 February 1:30PM-4:30PM

Organized by: Sanna Fowler, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

SPEAKERS

Stephanie P. Lacour, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Flexible Electronics for Interfacing with the Nervous System

Silvestro Micera, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Controlling a Prosthetic Hand with Peripheral Neural Interfaces

Grégoire Courtine, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Walking Again After Spinal Cord Injury

Konstantina M. Stankovic, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Reversing Infant Deafness Through Genetic Engineering

Joan Miller, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Saving Sight in Retinal Disease

 

Predicting Major Events and Planning for Hazards: An Art or Science?

Friday, 15 February 10:00AM-11:30AM

Organized by: Julia Wilson, Sense About Science, London, United Kingdom; Albert Yuan, San Lian Life Weekly, Beijing, China

SPEAKERS

Kelin Wang, Geological Survey of Canada, Sidney, BC

Operational Earthquake Prediction: Castles in the Air

Azra Ghani, MRC Center for Outbreak Analysis and Modeling, London, United Kingdom

Disease Scares: Predicting and Preparing for Outbreaks

Peter Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Assessing Risk from Climate Change: Scenario Generation Versus Prediction

Can Exposure Science Quell the Furor over Environmental Endocrine Disruption?

Saturday, 16 February 1:30PM-4:30PM

Organized by: Justin G. Teeguarden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

SPEAKERS

Russ Hauser, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

BPA and Human Health: Epidemiologic Evidence and Its Interpretation

K. Barry Delclos, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR

Relating Internal BPA Doses to Adverse Effects in Rodent Toxicity Studies

Daniel R. Doerge, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR

BPA Pharmacokinetics in the Adult and Perinatal Periods in Experimental Animals

Justin G. Teeguarden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Estrogen Receptor Activation Potential of Internal Concentrations of BPA in Humans

Jeffrey Fisher, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR

Estimating Infant and Adult Human Serum Levels of Unconjugated Bisphenol A

Richard M. Sharpe, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Are Causal Associations in Epidemiological Studies of BPA Exposure Plausible?

 

Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling

Friday, 15 February 3:00PM-4:30PM

Organized by: Erica L. Dahl, SafeBridge Consultants Inc., New York City; Bruce A. Fowler, ICF International, Fairfax, VA

SPEAKERS

Sanmi Areola, Environmental Health Services, Metro Public Health Department, Nashville, TN

The Scope of the Problem: International Regulation and the Basel Treaty

Myrto Petreas, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Berkeley

Regulated and Unregulated Contaminants in California Waste Streams

Aimin Chen, University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health, OH

E-Waste Recycling in Developing Countries: Concerns of Developmental Toxicity

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