Month: May 2019

Preparing for Medical School and Graduate School

To be discussed:

  • Degree programs (MD, PhD, MD/PhD)
  • Timeline of application process
  • Academic preparation
  • Successful applications from the admissions committee perspective
  • Cost of attendance, financial aid, AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP)
  • Online resources available to students and minority students for the professional school application process

Date:               Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Time:               12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:        Classroom C1, UConn Medical School

About the Instructor:

Granville Wrensford, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Associate Director

Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs

 

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Scientific Writing and Presenting Techniques

To be discussed:

  • Components of a scientific paper
  • Literature review using online databases
  • The importance of proper documentation of observations in lab notebook
  • Basics of the 10 Minute Presentation

Date:           June 11, 2019

Time:          12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:    UConn School of Medicine, Classroom C1 (Main Floor)

Target Audience: UConn students interested in pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical sciences

About the Instructor:

Anne M. Delany, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Medicine

Director, Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Graduate Program

Area of Expertise: Dr. Delany’s laboratory is interested in the differentiation of osteoblasts, which are the cells responsible for bone formation. She is studying bone remodeling, with a focus on the post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating the growth factors and matrix molecules important for maintaining bone mass. Her most recent work is centered on how microRNAs (small non-coding RNAs) regulate the gene expression networks modulating osteoblast and osteoclast differentiation. Dr. Delany also studies how 3′ UTR single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may modulate gene expression.

 

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Local Community Members JUMPED into a Healthier Lifestyle at The Connecticut Convergence Institute – Aetna Health Café – JUMP Series Kickoff Event on May 29th

  • Health Cafe JUMP event Michelle Slivinsky 2

 

On May 29th the Connecticut Convergence Institute and the YWCA Hartford launched the first ever Health Café – JUMP series kickoff event. The event had a fun, casual, high-energy atmosphere complete with a DJ, a motivational Zumba class, free giveaways and a buffet style dinner consisting of healthy food from local restaurants. The goal of the event was to enlighten the community about the importance of starting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and to present it in an upbeat and relatable fashion.  During the first half of the event, Dr. Kevin Lo, Dr. Maria Achong and Dr. Helen Wu discussed the current health crisis (obesity) not only locally, but on a national and global scale as well. Attendees left the event armed with healthy lifestyle information, a sweat provoking workout, free gifts and stomachs full of delicious, healthy food.

Thank you to the Aetna Foundation for sponsoring such a wonderful event!

2019 Ray Symposium Featured Speaker- Dr. Cato T. Laurencin

  • Laurencin at Ray Symposium 7

 

On April 18, 2019 Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California welcomed Dr. Cato T. Laurencin as the Featured Speaker for the 2019 Ray Symposium.  Dr. Laurencin delivered a moving speech about “Addressing the Future of Health in America: Diversity, Racism and Health Disparities.”

The Ray Symposium is on its 13th year of addressing national health care issues that appeal to the broadest possible audience.  The symposium attracts an inter-professional, multidisciplinary audience which includes health care and political partners in surrounding communities as well as students and faculty who represent nine health care professions.

 

Open Postdoctoral Research Associate in Health Disparities

Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering Postdoctoral Research Associate in Health Disparities

The Connecticut Convergence Institute at UConn Health seeks to a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research and community engagement initiatives associated with the CT Convergence Institute Health Disparities Core Projects.
  • Work on a new National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Medicine, Engineering and Science.
  • Part time collaboration on the development of Perspective papers and surveys related to issues facing Black Men and Black Women in Medicine, Engineering and Science.
  • Work with Roundtable members on formulation of follow up projects.
  • Engage in community health disparities projects funded by an Aetna Foundation Community Partnership Grant to the Connecticut Convergence Institute.
  • Serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, published by Springer Nature and having its home at the Connecticut Convergence Institute at UConn Health.

Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate must hold a terminal professional degree (e.g. Ph.D. M.D., and/or M.P.H.)
  • Must have a demonstrated history of success based on scholarly record and interest in health disparities.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with clinical, translational and/or basic scientists.

Application Instructions:

Please address questions to, or submit the below to Diane Evans at evans@uchc.edu

Your submission should include all of the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A cover letter addressed to Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, Chief Executive Officer highlighting your professional background/research interests and your qualifications for this position.
  • Contact information including email addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals knowledgeable about your training, experience and skills.

The Connecticut Convergence Institute Co-Hosts a Legislative Reception Welcoming UConn President Designate, Thomas C. Katsouleas

  • Dr. Laurencin and UConn President Designate Thomas Katsouleas

 

On Thursday, May 16th the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering and the Black & Puerto Rican Caucus successfully co-hosted a legislative reception at the Capitol welcoming the incoming UConn President, Thomas C. Katsouleas.

The event attracted over 100 UConn employees, students, partners and members of the Connecticut General Assembly. The celebration was meet-and-greet style complete with refreshments and hours d’oeuvres honoring the incoming President.

The program was moderated by Dr. Cato Laurencin, Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Convergence Institute. He introduced the following keynote speakers:

  • Brandon McGee, Chairman of the Black & Puerto Rican Caucus
  • Geraldo Reyes, Vice Chairman of the Black & Puerto Rican Caucus
  • Andrew Agwunobi Chief Executive Officer & EVP for Health Affairs, UConn Health
  • Marja Hurley Associate Dean for Health Career Opportunity Programs, UConn Health
  • Thomas C. Katsouleas, President Designate, UConn

The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering would like to thank all who attended and supported this milestone event.

Dr. Lakshmi Nair Receives a 2019 GWIMS Award

The Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) at UConn Health held its 7th annual symposium on May 6th to honor outstanding women faculty, graduate, medical and dental students. The Convergence Institute’s own Dr. Nair received the Women in Innovation Award from the CT Technology Council and was awarded as a finalist for the Research Innovation and Leadership Award.

Dr. Nair has a long list of titles and accomplishments which led to her receiving this prestigious award. She is the Associate Director of the Connecticut Convergence Institute at UConn Health. A significant part of Dr. Nair’s research is committed to developing injectable and biomimetic biomaterials and identifying bioactive molecules that could accelerate tissue regeneration and reduce musculoskeletal pain. She is also a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and serves as the Vice President for the UCONN chapter of NAI. She has more than 120 peer reviewed publications and edited several books in the area of Biomaterials and Orthopedic regenerative engineering. Dr. Nair also serves as the Managing editor of the journal of “Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine” and the Principal Editor of the Journal of Materials Research.

Connecticut Convergence Institute – Aetna Health Café – JUMP Series Kickoff Event on May 29th

When: May 29, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: YWCA Hartford located at 135 Broad Street. Free parking.

Please join us to explore the health benefits of increasing your daily movement and adding fun to your routine!

This event is part of the initiative for the Just Us Moving Project (JUMP). Dr. Helen Wu, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UConn Health will discuss how to increase motivation of daily physical activities as part of community engagement of the Just Us Moving Project (JUMP).

Food and beverages will be provided as well as a guided Zumba class.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Lo, Ph.D., Assistant Director and Assistant Professor, Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering, UConn Health
  • Maria N. Achong, M.D., President Connecticut Society of the National Medical Association

Registration: This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP if you wish to attend.

Sponsored By:

The YWCA is a proud partner of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at UConn Health.

Join Us for a Legislative Reception Welcoming the 16th UConn President

 

Please join The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at UConn and The Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus for a reception welcoming Thomas C. Katsouleas as the 16th President of UConn!

WHEN: May 16, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 (North Lobby)

PARKING: Capitol Grounds Parking Lot or LOB Main Parking Garage

 

AGENDA

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres

5:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Remarks moderated by:
Dr. Cato Laurencin, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Convergence Institute

Representative Brandon McGee
Chairman, Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus

Representative Geraldo Reyes
Vice Chairman, Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi
Chief Executive Officer, UConn Health & EVP for Health Affairs

Dr. Marja Hurley
Associate Dean for Health Career Opportunity Programs, UConn Health

Thomas Katsouleas
President Designate, UConn

5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking