Overview

The 7th Annual Conference and accompanying seminar and workshops will be held on November 14-16, 2018 under a theme of “Innovative Technologies for Emerging Economies“. Events will be held at Mona Visitors' Lodge, the University of Technology and the University of the West Indies. Please see below for details; each event requires a separate registration.

Featuring distinguished local and international speakers, the events are expected to provide a stimulating environment where students and scientists will interact to plan their professional development, and discuss current areas of research and novel areas and technologies that are ripe for development.

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Attendee Background

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Testimonials

“As an undergrad student, it's amazing to see that people are researching and improving diseases in every aspect. It really has shown how in order for something to work, everyone needs to come together to work on it to see results.”

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“I learned a lot about the innovations in Jamaica and was unaware about the possibilities before.”

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“Updated my knowledge in the field. Thank you!”

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“I am more aware about different topics. I have gained new knowledge related to my area of research.”

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"Excited about the impact it has on the Caribbean."

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“It has shown me that there is much potential and current research that I did not know about.”

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“It gives me hope and motivates me as a researcher to find routes to target disease burden.”

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“After attending the conference, I have a much better understanding of the hardships some of the scientists are facing with their research and the fact that we need to work on communicating findings with the public and creating products the public can use based off our research.”

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Registration

The Scientific Session of the 7th Annual Conference on Friday, November 16, 2018 will be held at Mona Visitors’ Lodge, UWI, Mona. The conference will feature international and local luminaries within various fields of translational research. SOSA is cognizant of the importance of Career Planning in securing rewarding positions in various science-related tracks. Join us for our Professional Development Seminar on Wednesday, November 14 at 10 AM, in the Shared Facilities (LT50), University of Technology, Jamaica and for our hands-on Professional Development workshop in Room A019, Faculty of Medical Sciences Complex on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11 AM!

Regular

Free
  • Register by Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Late

$25 USD
  • Payable at the door if registration is received after Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sponsor

$250+ USD
  • Bronze/Silver/Gold/Title tiers available. Contact us for details.

Main Speakers

TREVOR ARCHER, PHD
Chief, Epigenetics & Stem Cell Biology Laboratory
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA

MELISSA BOSTROM, PHD
Assistant Dean, Duke Graduate School
Duke University, USA

KATIE HOADLEY, PHD
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

LAURA HUG, PHD
Canada Research Chair, Environmental Microbiology
University of Waterloo, Canada

DANIEL KRAUSHAAR, PHD
Technical Director, Genomic and RNA Profiling Core
Baylor University, USA

PARRIS LYEW-AYEE JR. PHD
Director, Mona GeoInformatics Institute
University of the West Indies, Jamaica

JOSHUA STARMER, PHD
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

CHERYL STEWART, PHD
Lecturer
University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Agenda

Wednesday, November 14: 
Professional Development Seminar: Strategies for Professional Advancement

Shared Facilities, LT50, University of Technology, Jamaica

Sign up for the seminar HERE

9:45 am: Professional Development Session

Welcome: Dr. Cecelia Waugh-Hall, Session Chair, University of Technology, Jamaica

10:00 am: Strategies for Professional Advancement Seminar
By Dr. Melissa Bostrom
Assistant Dean, Duke Graduate School
Duke University, USA

 

Thursday, November 15:

An Individual Development Plan for You! Workshop

Sign up for the workshop HERE

10:45 am: Hands-on Professional Development Workshop

Welcome: Dr. Lisa Lindo, Session Chair, University of the West Indies

11:00 am: An Individual Development Plan for You!
By Dr. Melissa Bostrom
Assistant Dean, Duke Graduate School
Duke University, USA

2:00pm: Professional Development Mini-Symposium

Panel:
Dr. Trevor Archer
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, USA
Dr. Katie Hoadley
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Dr. Joshua Starmer
Bioinformatics Scientist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Friday, November 16: Innovative Technologies for Emerging Economies

Register for the conference HERE

8:15 Registration desk opens
8:45 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

9:00 SESSION 1 – CANCER BIOLOGY & (EPI)GENETICS OF DISEASE
Chair: TBATBA
9:00 Dr. Trevor Archer, NIEHS, USA
TBA
9:45 Dr. Katie Hoadley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
TBA
10:30 Dr. Cheryl Stewart, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
TBA

11:00 BREAK & POSTER VIEWING

11:15 To be selected from abstracts
TBA
11:35 To be selected from abstracts
TBA

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 SESSION 2 – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & INFORMATICS
Chair: TBA, TBA
1:00 Dr. Laura Hug, University of Waterloo, Canada
TBA
1:45 Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr., Mona GeoInformatics Institute, Jamaica
TBA
2:30 To be selected from abstracts
TBA

3:00 BREAK & POSTER VIEWING

3:15 SESSION 3 – MACHINE LEARNING & GENOMICS TECHNOLOGIES
Chair: TBA, TBA
3:15 Dr. Daniel Kraushaar, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
TBA
3:45 Dr. Joshua Starmer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
TBA
4:15 To be selected from abstracts
TBA

4:30 CLOSING COMMENTS & ADJOURNMENT to POSTER SESSION & SPEAKER RECEPTION
4:30 Poster session begins
5:30 Poster session ends

5:30 AWARDS CEREMONY

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