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Welcome to the 2018 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, organized by graduate students for graduate students. With this symposium, we aim to bring together the graduate research community from institutions throughout Southern California and to provide an opportunity to share and celebrate graduate student research.

We invite all who are participating to share their work and submit an abstract of no more than 500 words as part of the registration. This symposium caters towards both basic and translational biomedical research. Participants are encouraged to present a poster of their research and certain abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations. Awards will be given out for best posters and presentations.

This year, we are excited to present our keynote speaker, Dr. Shane Liddelow. Dr. Liddelow is an Assistant Professor at the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. His research focuses on on astrocytes, the major glial subtype in the brain, and their close association with microglia (the resident immune cells of the brain), and abnormal neuron function. Dr. Liddelow is a recipient of the NHMRC (Australia) CJ Martin Training Award (2012-2016), the Glenn Foundation award for Aging in 2016, and was named a STATNews Wunderkind in 2017.

Last year we had participants from all across California as well as out-of state. This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to meet and network with fellow graduate researchers and to take advantage of  the rich biomedical research environment of Southern California. 

This symposium is hosted and presented by the Graduate Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  We hope to continue to foster inter-institutional relations all across Southern California and beyond through programs such as this. 

Again, thank you for your interest and we hope to see you and your research this year. 

- 2018 Symposium Committee