Research Day VI to Celebrate 'Spirit of Science'

Cedars-Sinai Research Day VI, offering an opportunity for physicians and researchers to celebrate the spirit of scientific investigation, will take place Friday, Feb. 6, in the Harvey Morse Conference Center. The annual event will include a scientific poster session and a keynote address by James Spudich, PhD, professor of biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

"Research Day was conceived as an opportunity for Cedars-Sinai scientists to present their work and talk informally with other scientists. It is a day of intellectualism and conviviality and a day to celebrate the spirit of science," said Kenneth Bernstein, MD, an organizer of the yearly event. Bernstein also is director of the Experimental Pathology Division in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and professor of biomedical sciences and pathology and laboratory medicine.

Hosted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Research Day VI will begin at noon with Spudich’s presentation, "Hypertrophic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Four Decades of Basic Research on the Molecular Motor Myosin Lead to Potential Therapeutic Approaches to These Devastating Diseases," which will discuss potential therapies for diseases of the heart muscle. The keynote speaker is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a 2012 co-winner of the prestigious Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his discoveries concerning cytoskeletal motor proteins.

"James Spudich takes a complex subject and makes it both simple and beautiful. I believe that everyone from the youngest university science major to the most senior scientist will enjoy his talk," said Bernstein.

The poster session will follow Spudich's address from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

"The poster session is a great platform for both junior and senior investigators to talk about their research, find out what other people are doing and share ideas and expertise. Our hope is that discussions that begin among the poster boards at Research Day will potentially lead to new discoveries and collaborations between labs that may one day translate into new patient therapies," said Helen Goodridge, PhD, research scientist in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute and director of the Cedars-Sinai Postdoctoral Scientist Program. Goodridge, also assistant professor of medicine and biomedical sciences, has been an organizer of the yearly event since 2010.