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Morning Agenda

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Activity

8:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration: Conference Room 1302
Clinical Academic Building – 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ

9:00 AM

Welcome
Kathleen Scotto, PhD, Vice President for Research and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

9:10 AM

Opening Remarks
Denise V. Rodgers, MD
President (Interim), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

9:20 AM

Speaker Introductions
Terri Goss Kinzy, PhD
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Research, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

9:25 AM

Keynote Presentation: The Brain On Stress: What Does Neuroscience Tell Us About Therapies for Brain Health?

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Bruce McEwen, PhD
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
The Rockefeller University

10:25 AM

Break

10:40 AM

Increased Levels of ENGRAILED2 are Correlated With ASD Risk
James Millonig, PhD, Assistant Dean of Medical Science Training and Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology - UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

11:00 AM

Pathological Modeling of Canavan Disease: Potential for Therapies
Paola Leone, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology - UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine

11:20 AM

Interaction of Human Genetic Variation and Virulent Bacteria Determine Risk of Aggressive Periodontitis in Children
Scott Diehl, PhD, Professor of Oral Biology - UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School

11:40 AM

Prevention of Experimental Juvenile Onset Diabetes Through Activation of Type 2 Immunity
William Gause, PhD, University Professor of Medicine - UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School


Afternoon Agenda


Time

Activity

12 noon

Lunch, Poster and Tours Session
Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ
Tours of the Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital, Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Child Health Institute of New Jersey will be conducted as follows:
Tours: 12:15 PM and 1:00 PM - Starting Point Outside the Walgreens Drugstore

2:00 PM

Session A: Environmental and Community Impacts on Child Health and Disease
Conference Room 3101
Child Health Institute of New Jersey - 89 French Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Chairs: Jeannette Rogowski, PhD
University Professor in Health Economics – UMDNJ-School of Public Health
Margaret Shepard, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Graduate Programs – UMDNJ-School of Nursing

2:05 PM

Patient Outcomes for Very Low Birth Weight Infants: The Role of NICU Nurse Staffing
Jeannette Rogowski, PhD, University Professor in Health Economics – UMDNJ-School of Public Health

2:20 PM

Further Testing of a Theory of Family Bereavement
Margaret Shepard, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Graduate Programs - UMDNJ-School of Nursing

2:35 PM

Oral Health Status and Utilization Among Children in Head Start
Rebecca Reed, DMD, MPA, Assistant Professor of Community Health – UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School
Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Recruitment – UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School

2:50 PM

Association Between Asthma Exacerbation and SO2 Exposure in Belvidere/White Township Area
Clifford Weisel, MS, PhD, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health – Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, UMDNJ-School of Public Health and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

3:05 PM

Developmental Pesticide Exposure Reproduces Features of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Role of Epigenetic Alterations in the Dopamine System
Jason Richardson, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine – Environmental and Occupation Health Sciences Institute and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2:00 PM

 

Session B: Inflammatory Processes in Child Health and Impact of Infectious Disease on Child Health
Conference Room 102
Medical Education Building
One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ
Chairs: Lisa Denzin, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Child Health Institute of New Jersey
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
David Bleich, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UMDNJ–New Jersey Medical School

2:05 PM

Immune System Dysfunction in Type 1 Diabetes: MHC Class II Peptide Loading Controls Autoimmunity
Lisa Denzin, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics – Child Health Institute of New Jersey and
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2:20 PM

Ganglioside GM1 Deficient in Effector T-Cells Causes Resistance to Regulatory T-Cell Suppression
David Bleich, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2:35 PM

Sensing of PAMPs by Kidney Podocytes causes Proteinuria through type 1 IFN Mediated B7-1 Induction
Sevgi Gurkan, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – Child Health Institute of New Jersey and
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2:50 PM

Mechanisms of Phthalate-Induced Inflammation in Neonates
Anna Vetrano, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

3:05 PM

A Rat Model for Kingella Kingae Pathogeneis
Nataliya Balashova, PhD, Assistant Professor of Oral Biology – UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School

3:20 PM

Break

3:35 PM

Session C: Understanding, Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children
Conference Room 3101
Child Health Institute of New Jersey - 89 French Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Chairs: Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD
Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Pediatrics
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Tyrone Bentley, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

3:40 PM

Absence of Autism Associated Gene Engrailed 2 Impacts Forebrain Development and
Monoamine Systems
Emmanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD, Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Pediatrics – UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

3:55 PM

Fetal Programming of the Immune System in a Prenatal Model of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Nicholas Ponzio, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

4:10 PM

Recombinant MG53 Protein Modulates Therapeutic Cell Membrane Repair in Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy
Noah Weisleder, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics – UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

4:25 PM

Pten and TSC in Normal Brain Development and Neurodevelopmental Brain Disorders
Gabriella D’Arcangelo, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

4:40 PM

Inherited Genetic Variants in Autism-related CNTNAP2 Show Perturbed Trafficking and Elevated ER Stress
Davide Comoletti, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology – Child Health Institute of New Jersey and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

3:35 PM

Session D: Nutritional Influences on Child Health and Impact on Disease
Conference Room 102
Medical Education Building
One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ
Chair:  Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, EdD, RD
Director of Nutrition and Wellness, Francois-Xaiver Bagnoud Center – UMDNJ-School of Nursing
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences – UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions

3:40 PM

The Social Ecological Influences on Family Food Security and Children’s Growth Status
Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, EdD, RD, Director of Nutrition and Wellness, Francois-Xaiver Bagnoud Center UMDNJ-School of Nursing and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences – UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions

3:55 PM

Developmental Origins of Metabolic Diseases in Developing Countries
Daniel Hoffman, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences – Rutgers, The State University of
New Jersey

4:10 PM

Non-Specific Immunity of Preterm Breast Milk in the First Month of Lactation
Anna Petrova, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics – UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

4:25 PM

Two Cases of Vitamin D Intoxication Involving Over-the-Counter Supplements from South America
Elizabeth Korn, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

4:40 PM

Importance of Nutrition Beyond Growth
Cheri Clancy, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Pediatric Triage Nurse Coordinator – UMDNJ-School of Nursing