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The Atlantic Meets the Pacific | Sanford-Burnham, Oct 3rd

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Lab Tours

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific is enhanced by exclusive “insider” visits to groundbreaking research labs and interactive laboratories.

Registered attendees will select one of the first five labs listed below to tour on Thursday afternoon, October 3rd. Information on lab tour sign-up will be emailed to all registered attendees. On Friday, October 4th, all attendees will be invited to participate in tours at Calit2.

Please note there will be considerable walking, including up and down stairs, and standing at the various labs. If you need special consideration, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

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Sanford-Burnham, Oct 3rd

Sanford-Burnham, Oct 3rd

Drug Discovery and Drug Repurposing
10901 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037


With its mantra, “From Research, the Power to Cure,” Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute conducts world-class collaborative research into the molecular causes of disease. The resulting breakthroughs are directly translated into new medicines that save lives and improve human health. The Institute was founded in 1976 to investigate the developmental biology underlying cancer. Less than 40 years later, Sanford-Burnham has major research programs in cancer; neuroscience, aging, and stem cells; diabetes and obesity; infectious and inflammatory diseases; and childhood diseases. With a mission focused on accelerating the pace of biomedical innovation, the Institute has become a global leader in preclinical small-molecule drug discovery.

Sanford-Burnham’s 960 researchers working in two locations – San Diego (La Jolla), California, and Orlando (Lake Nona), Florida – share a passion for high-impact science and an entrepreneurial spirit. They generate more than 330 research publications annually, and they team up across disciplines to create new strategies for combating disease mechanisms. Between 1999 and 2009, Sanford-Burnham ranked number one worldwide among all organizations in biology and biochemistry for the impact of its research publications according to the Institute for Scientific Information. The Institute currently ranks among the top four U.S. research institutes in National Institutes of Health grant funding.


National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center
Garth Powis, D.Phil., Professor and Director, NCI-designated Cancer Center, Jeanne and Gary Herberger Leadership Chair in Cancer Research
Advances in treating cancer come from research delving into the fundamental mechanisms of the disease. Dr. Powis, who joined Sanford-Burnham on May 1 from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, studies the mechanisms that enable cancer cells to survive stress in their microenvironment. His work has resulted in three novel cancer drugs currently in clinical trials. In his new post as Director of the NCI-designated Basic Research Cancer Center (one of only seven in the country), he will focus on tailoring new cancer therapies to individual patients through precision medicine.

Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics
Michael Jackson, Ph.D., Vice President, Drug Discovery and Development, Adjunct Associate Professor
The Prebys Center is Sanford-Burnham’s translational engine. Its industrial-scale drug discovery capabilities enable Institute scientists and their collaborators at places including Mayo Clinic and Pfizer to translate today’s scientific breakthroughs into tomorrow’s life-saving medicines. Center researchers who screen small molecules to find candidates for drug development are aided by a library of just over 800,000 compounds and some of the most sophisticated robotic screening centers in the nonprofit world.

Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cell Research
Mya S. Thu, M.Sc., Research Specialist, Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cells
Sheryasi Das, Postdoctoral Researcher, Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cells
Scientists in the Del E. Webb Center are striving toward two goals: first, develop tools and strategies to protect cells in the brain, particularly nerve cells, from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; second, explore the potential for stem-cell technology to regenerate neurons and associated cells. As one example of the Del. E. Webb Center’s research, they are using induced pluripotent stem cells derived from individual patients to create “disease in a dish” models to develop personalized treatments and test for drug side effects.

  • 02 oct
    Wednesday, October 2
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    5:30 PM:
    Registration and Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Roni Zeiger
    8:15 PM:
    Big Data, Big Disease, Mining for Medical Breakthroughs
    • Russ Altman
    • Eric Horvitz
    • Steve Miller
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 03 oct
    Thursday, October 3
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Deepak Chopra
    9:30 AM:
    What’s next in Medical IT: Wireless Health and Wearable Trends
    • Todd Coleman
    • Mick Ebeling
    • Ian Shakil
    • Halle Tecco
    10:20 AM:
    Virtual Headline Interview
    • Siddhartha Mukherjee
    11:00 AM:
    Scanning the Horizon: Accelerating Innovation in Cancer Care
    • Scott Lippman
    • David Sadava
    • Christopher Slapak
    • Greg Sorensen
    • Kristiina Vuori
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch
    1:15 PM:
    Chronic diseases: How Technology Is Changing the Patient Experience
    • Pat Christen
    • Naser Partovi
    • Jordan Shlain
    • Peter Yu
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
    2:30 – 4:30 PM:
    Lab Tours (attendees tour one of five institutes)
    5:30 PM:
    Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: How Far Away is a Cure for Cancer?
    • Clifton Leaf
    8:15 PM:
    Headline Interview: Transformative Trends in Medicine
    • Eric Topol
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 04 oct
    Friday, October 4
    Calit2's Qualcomm Institute
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: Future Trends in Technology
    • Chris Anderson
    9:40 AM:
    Technology for Social Change
    • Clark Gibson
    • Jamie Alexandre
    • Peggy Johnson
    10:20 AM:
    Headline Interview: Global Health and Global Threats
    • Laurie Garrett
    11:10 AM:
    Living Longer, Living Smarter: Innovations in Longevity Research
    • Kunal Sarkar
    • Larry Smarr
    • Deborah Szekely
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch and Lab Tours on Visualization Technology
    1:15 PM:
    Brain Mapping: Pushing the Frontiers of Neurology
    • Nicholas Spitzer
    • Kris Famm
    • Ralph Greenspan
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • *Please Note: All speakers confirmed, dates and times subject to change.
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The Locations

La Jolla, California

Scripps Seaside Forum

Find a Hotel

The Atlantic and UC San Diego have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and will run a shuttle from the property to our various event venues. When calling for a reservation, please reference “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific”.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA
(888) 828-0948

For a list of other hotels in the area,
please click here.

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