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Highlights of the 2021 Biomedical Symposium
April 15-16, 2021

The Biomedical Symposium was held virtually for the first time on April 15-16, 2021.  Despite some trepidation over holding the event online, the symposium was a tremendous success, with over 200 attendees in attendance for both days.
On Day 1 Drs. Peter Hoffmann and Saguna Verma had a monumental task of organizing and hosting 127 graduate presentations, (126 presenters), which ran at 5-minute intervals in two parallel sessions.  There was an assortment of topics from SARS-Cov-2, the H.O.M.E. Project, arthroplasties, various cancers, urogenital complications, substance abuse, depression, microbiome database development, studies anthropogenic changes to the Kailua Ahupuaʻa, census data analysis, to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Barbara Slusher, Professor of Neurology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Medicine and Oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, shared a fascinating presentation on academia’s rising contribution to pharmaceutical discoveries. Dr. Slusher is the Director of Johns Hopkins Drug Discovery and is Co-founder of the International Consortium of Academic Drug Discovery with over 150 university-led translational centers.

Day 2 was sponsored by the INBRE Program, led by by Drs. Jon-Paul Bingham and Peter Hoffmann. The morning session began with welcomes by INBRE Principal Investigator Dr. Robert Nichols, and INBRE PATHway Director Dr. Jon-Paul Bingham, followed by a Panel Discussion led by PhD and Master’s Candidates, then followed by breakout rooms for INBRE students to “Meet the Mentors” for Q&A time with INBRE faculty.

The morning session concluded with Keynote Speaker Dr. Zoe Hammatt, JD, MPhil, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and President of Z Consulting, LLC. Dr. Hammatt’s talk on “An Introduction to Research Integrity,” covered the nuances and distinction of rules, regulations and guidelines of commonly accepted norms of research.

The afternoon session comprised of undergraduate poster presentations. There were 51 presentations (49 presenters), running at 15-minute intervals in 5 breakout rooms. Five minutes was allotted for Q&A. Research topics on Day 2 were equally diverse, examples include:
  • Machine learning and metabolomics;
  • Dicephalic parapagus imaging in conjoined twins;
  • Native Hawaiian health;
  • E-Cigarette Marketing and Use;
  • Vibrio vulnificus in the Ala Wai canal;
  • Trends on substance use among emerging young adults
Presentations were professionally done by all presenters. Thank you to the Biomedical Symposium Committee, INBRE judges, Moderators, and INBRE Admin Staff who helped make this symposium possible and a memorable event for all.

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Day 1 and Day 2 Keynote Speakers



(126 presenters) and Day 2 51 presentations, (49 presenters). 


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