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Inaugural UC-Wide Drug Discovery Symposium

UC Braid - Drug, Device, Discovery and Development (D4) Group

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST)

Inaugural UC-Wide Drug Discovery Symposium

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Please join us for the upcoming UC Drug Discovery Symposium, hosted by UC Braid’s Drug, Device, Discovery and Development (D4) Group at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute.


  • Highlight successful services and programs that support translational researchers across the UC campuses

  • Enable direct access to translational resources and infrastructure across all campuses for all investigators

  • Develop a comprehensive cross-campus drug discovery and development pipeline

  • Improve competitiveness of UC researchers for translational funding opportunities    

**If you would like to present a poster, please submit your title and a brief abstract to by February 15th. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Christine Gulbranson, Ph.D., M.B.A. - Senior Vice President, Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UCOP

  • Michael E. Jung, Ph.D. - Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; Director, David Geffen School of Medicine Bioscience Synthetic Chemistry Core, UCLA

  • James McKerrow, M.D., Ph.D. - Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD

  • Alan Verkman, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor, Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Invited Speakers:

  • Scott Baraban, Ph.D. - Professor, Neurological Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine

  • Seth Cohen, Ph.D. - Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD

  • Aimee Edinger, V.M.D., Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology; Equity Advisor, Ayala School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine

  • Danica Fujimori, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF School of Medicine

  • Bruce D. Hammock, Ph.D. - Distinguished Professor, Entomology & UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, NIEHS-UCD Superfund Research Program PI, NIH Biotechnology Training Program, UC Davis

  • Hartmut Luecke, Ph.D. - Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Physiology & Biophysics; Computer Science; Director, Center for Biomembrane Systems, UC Irvine

  • Mike Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor, Neurology and Pharmacology, UC Davis

  • Jorge Torres, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA

  • Varghese John, Ph.D. - Visiting Assistant Professor, Neurology

  • Steven L. Wagner, Ph.D. - Associate Professor in Residence, Neurosciences, UCSD

  • Anna Wu, Ph.D. - Director, JCCC Cancer Molecular Imaging; Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology; Cellular and Molecular Pathology PhD Program, Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, UCLA

Industry Panelists:

  • Jarrod Borkat, M.B.A. - Senior Director/Head, Global External Partnerships & Collaborations, Medimmune

  • Kenneth Bradley, Ph.D. - Head, Antibiotics Discovery at Roche Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development (pRED), Roche

  • Mary Faris, Ph.D., M.B.A. - Director, Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, Pfizer

  • Joseph D. Panetta, M.P.H. - President & CEO, Biocom

  • Katherine Widdowson, Ph.D. - Entrepreneur in Residence Chem, DPAc DPU US, RD, Alternative Discovery & Development, GSK


  • Robert Damoiseaux, Ph.D. - Director, Molecular Screening Shared Resource (MSSR); Associate Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, UCLA

  • Michael K. Gilson, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Co-Director, Center for Drug Discovery Innovation, UCSD

  • Catherine Tralau-Stewart, Ph.D. - Associate Director, Catalyst; Director, CTSI T1 Translational Research, UCSF

Have questions about Inaugural UC-Wide Drug Discovery Symposium? Contact UC Braid - Drug, Device, Discovery and Development (D4) Group

When & Where

570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST)

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