Overview

The 8th Annual Conference and accompanying seminar and workshops will be held on November 20-22, 2019 under a theme of “Overcoming Disparities in Translational Research“. The Scientific Sessions will be held at the Regional Headquarters, University of the West Indies, Mona. Professional development sessions will be held at various locations. Please see below for details on start times and locations; 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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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 8th Annual Conference on Friday, November 22, 2019 will be held at 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 20, 2019,  and for or our Professional Development Workshop and career panel on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Please also get ready to volunteer for our 7th Annual STEPS workshops on Thursday, November 21!

Regular

Free
  • Walk-in registrations only - no guarantee of conference materials

Late - waived by Sponsor

$25 USD
  • Waived due to the generosity of our sponsors - no guarantee of conference materials

Sponsor (Support the Conference)

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

Kindly Sponsored by:

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Main Speakers

STEVE PATIERNO, PHD
Deputy Director, Duke Cancer Institute
Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

ALAFIA SAMUELS, PHD
CAIHR, University of the West Indies, Mona

CHANDRA JACKSON, PHD
Stadtman Investigator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities

RAJA JOTHI, PHD
Senior Investigator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

ICOLYN AMARAKOON, PHD
Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Mona

TREVOR ARCHER, PHD
Chief, Epigenetics & Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

SONALI MAJUMDAR, PHD
Associate Director, Graduate and Professional Development, University of Virginia

Agenda

Wednesday, November 20: University of Technology, Jamaica - Shared Facilities, LT50

Professional Development Session 1: Strategically Design Your Job Search and Competitive Job Application

• Job search strategies: identify relevant opportunities
• Prepare sector-specific application materials: craft CVs or resumes and cover letters tailored to the norms of employment sectors
• Learn how to translate an academic CV into a resume, how to identify and communicate relevant transferable skills in your cover letter
• Ace interviews by phone, video conference or in-person, and develop a plan to prepare for technical skills-based interviews that are sector-specific
• Effectively negotiate an offer to fit your needs and preferences in a prioritized manner

Sign up for the seminar HERE

Thursday, November 21: FMS Complex, University of the West Indies, Mona

Professional Development Session II: Career Exploration and Strategic Career Design

• Identify careers that align with your core values, skills and professional interests
• Explore interest and fitness in careers of choice
• Identify key skills desired in career sectors of choice
• Design an Individual Development Plan to fill skill-gaps and acquire domain expertise
• Develop strategies to learn about careers and land a position
• Learn how to build a ‘career community’

Sign up for the workshop HERE

Friday, November 22: Overcoming Disparities in Translational Research - REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, EON NIGEL HARRIS COUNCIL ROOM

Register for the conference HERE

8:30 am Registration desk opens

9:00      WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS – Dr. Keriayn Smith, Chair, SOSA BoD

 

9:05      SESSION 1 – Disease DISPARITIES & STUDY CHALLENGES

9:05      Keynote Lecture: Dr. Steven Patierno – Duke University, USA

Alternative RNA Splicing as a Source of Ancestry-Related Molecular Targets in Precision Oncology and Cancer Disparities

 

10:00     BREAK & Poster Viewing

 

10:10     Dr. Alafia Samuels – CAIHR, UWI, Mona, Jamaica

The Challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases in Small Island Developing States

10:50     Ms. Alana Clare – UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Discovery of Rare and Novel Variants Associated with Breast Cancer in Trinidadian Families using Whole Exome Sequencing

11:25     Dr. Susan Lowe – UWI, Mona, Jamaica

The Revelatory Journey of Fine-tuning the Diagnosis of an Adult Male on the Autistic Spectrum – Asperger Syndrome/High-functioning Autism with Corollary Diagnoses

 

12:00     LUNCH

 

1:00      SESSION 2 – OUR Environment and Society: HEALTH IMPACTS & RESOURCES

1:00      Dr. Icolyn Amarakoon – UWI, Mona, Jamaica

Prostate cancer in Jamaica: the hunt for early detection

1:40      Dr. Chandra Jackson – NIEHS & NIMHD, NIH, USA

Addressing Disparities through Translational Research that Integrates Social Epidemiology with Etiologic Research: The Example of Sleep and Cardiometabolic Health 

2:20      Dr. Antonio Ramkissoon – UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Novel discovery that breaks antibiotic resistance: A new way to fight superbugs

 

2:55      BREAK & Poster Viewing

 

3:10      SESSION 3 – (EPI)GENETICS MECHANISMS & ANTI-DISEASE TOOLS

3:10      Dr. Raja Jothi – NIEHS, NIH, USA

Unknown Unknowns of Gene Regulation

3:50      Dr. Trevor Archer – NIEHS, NIH, USA

Contributions of ancestry in the reprograming of human cells

4:30      Ms. Sasha-Kay ClarkeUWI, Mona, Jamaica

Potential use of RNA Interference in the Management of the Citrus Greening Disease Vector, Diaphorina citri

 

5:05      Closing Remarks & Adjournment to Speaker Reception & Poster Session – Dr. Danielle Webster, Vice Chair, SOSA BoD

 

5:10 – 6:30 POSTER SESSION & RECEPTION

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