15th Annual HSCI Retreat: Translating Science to the Clinic


Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 8:45am to 1:15pm


Online via Zoom — URL to be shared with registrants

Registration is now closed.


8:45–9:00 a.m.
Brock Reeve, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
9:00–9:45 a.m.
To the Clinic: Sickle Cell Gene Therapy
"Remembrance of things past: Turning on fetal hemoglobin to treat hemoglobin disorders"
Stuart Orkin, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
"Sickle cell gene therapy: Our clinical trial experience at Boston Children's"
Erica Esrick, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
9:45–10:00 a.m.
Trainee 1 and 2 presentations
Hannah Uckelmann (Armstrong Lab) and Juan Alvarez (Melton Lab)
10:00–10:15 a.m.
10:15–10:30 a.m.
"Knee in a dish: An ESC model of joint cell specification"
April Craft, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital
10:30–10:45 a.m.
Trainee 3 and 4 presentations
Michael Florea (Wagers Lab) and Ryoko Hamaguchi (Lian Lab)
10:45–11:00 a.m.
Audience votes for top trainee presentation
11:00–11:30 a.m.
"Reclaiming the narrative: Why social media needs more scientists"
Sarah Mojarad, Viterbi School of Engineering and Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
"Toward the Correction of Monogenic Muscle Disorders by Gene Editing"
Eric Olson, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 
12:00–12:10 p.m.
Award presentations
Barry Family HSCI Innovation Award for Early Investigators
Top trainee presentation 
12:10–12:25 p.m.
Lunch break
12:25–1:15 p.m.
Trainee Breakout Sessions
Getting an Academic Job
Panelists: Jeffrey Macklis, MD | Vicki Rosen, PhD | David Sykes, MD, PhD | Jessica Whited, PhD
Moderator: Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD
Finding the Right Scientific Question to Pursue
Panelists: Amy Wagers, PhD | Len Zon, MD
Moderator: Jonathan Hoggatt, PhD

Retreat co-chairs

Jon Hoggatt headshot image
Zuzana Tothova headshot
Jonathan Hoggatt, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Zuzana Tothova, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


See also: Annual Retreat