Darden Conference Center

10 Duffy Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Conference Center Map at bottom with free parking location and floorplan.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10:30 am - Registration & Coffee/Tea

Classroom 50 (Lower Level)

Arrive early to enjoy beverages and pick up your badge. Presenters may test their audio/visual in classrooms 30, 40, or 50.

11:00 am - Welcome Remarks & Trainee Spotlight

Classroom 50 (Lower level)

Welcome remarks and a message from the President of the national American Physician Scientist Association (APSA). 

A featured trainee research talk will kick off the day with some exciting science:

Katherine Owsiany: “Dual lineage tracing and single-cell RNAseq define SMC phenotypic transitions in atherosclerosis”

Co-authors: Gabe Alencar, Anh Nguyen, Molly Kelly-Goss, Gamze Bulut, and Gary Owens

12:00 pm - Lunch Buffet

South Lounge (Main Level)

Self-serve buffet available in adjacent Saunders Hall atrium with seating on side facing patio/lawn. Vegetarian options available.

1:00 - 1:45 pm - Keynote 1: Stephen Katz

ClassRoom 50 (Lower level)

Talk title: “Mentorship Throughout Your Career and Establishing an Academic Niche”

2:00 - 2:45 pm - Keynote 2: Heidi Kong

ClassRoom 50 (Lower level)

Talk title: “My Path to Studying the Human Skin Microbiome”

3:00 pm - Career Panel

Classroom 50 (Lower level)

Q&A with panelists to find out about diverse career options in medicine, academia, industry, government.

4:00 pm - Grantsmanship Panel (F & K awards)

Classroom 50 (Lower level)

Q&A with panelists to get perspectives on planning for, applying to and conducting funded research grants at various stages of your career.

5:00 pm - Roundtables with Mentors

Abbott Lounge (Main level)

Rotate through several small-group style “round”-tables to meet diverse mentors, hear about their career and ask questions.

6:00 pm - Networking Reception & Refreshments

Abbott Center Dining Room (Main level)

Keep the conversations flowing with some informal drinks and refreshments. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

8:00 am - Breakfast Buffet

Abbott Center Dining Room (Main level)

Enjoy a variety of hot and cold items with familiar faces.

9:00 am - Trainee Oral Presentations

Classrooms 30, 40, & 50

Listen to diverse trainee research talks and engage with live audience feedback. 

10:30 - 11:15am - Keynote 3: Shawn Carbonell

Classroom 50

Talk title: “Confessions of a Brain Surgery Dropout [Finding Your Calling as a Physician-Scientist]”

11:15 am - 12:00 - Keynote 4: Anne-Marie Carbonell

Classroom 50

Talk title: “First, Don’t Harm Yourself: A Physician’s Journey from Doctor to Patient to Biotech Executive.”

12:15 pm - Concluding Remarks & Awards

Classroom 50

Concluding remarks include some highlights from the conference and top presenters by trainee category (with cash awards bestowed).