Upcoming: 2021 North East Regional IDeA Conference

The Rhode Island IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence is hosting this year’s virtual North East Regional IDeA Conference (NERIC 2021).

Monday, August 16 — Wednesday, August 18

Rhode Island INBRE is looking forward to hosting the 2021 virtual North East Regional Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Conference this summer. The conference will bring together researchers from IDeA programs throughout Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and will feature keynotes, science sessions, breakouts, and lighting talks highlighting some exciting IDeA research and discoveries in the areas of neuro and cardiovascular health, cancer, addiction, host/microbe interactions and drug resistance, environmental health sciences, computational biology, and entrepreneurship. This virtual event is offered at no charge.


An “Early Agenda” is available (see below) and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Monday, August 16

  • Morning
    • Opening session featuring Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator for Rhode Island, and, Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Keynote Speaker Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health; Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory and Translational Science Core
  • Afternoon
    • Concurrent Sessions
      • From Neurocircuitry to Neuromodulation | Co-chairs Benjamin D. Greenberg (RI) and Arturo Andrade (NH)
      • There is No Box | Co-chairs Jake Reder (NH) and Julius Korley (DE)

Tuesday, August 17

  • Morning
    • Concurrent Sessions
      • Cancer: Emerging Hallmarks and Enabling Characteristics | Co-chairs Niall Howlett (RI) and Sherine Elsawa (NH)
      • Investigations of Microbial Fitness, Virulence, and Drug Resistance | Co-chairs Sally Molloy (ME) and Suegene Noh (ME)
    • Keynote Speaker Charlie Enright, Skipper, 11th Hour Racing Team
  • Afternoon
    • Lightening Talks | Trainees: Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows

Wednesday, August 18

  • Morning
    • Concurrent Sessions
      • Cardiovascular and Brain Health | Co-chairs Mary Cushman (VT) and David Edwards (DE)
      • Marine Microplastics Pollution: Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems and Human Health | Co-chairs Koty Sharp (RI) and John Paul Walsh (RI)
  • Afternoon
    • Concurrent Sessions
      • Computational Biology, Genomic Data Science and Epidemiology | Co-chairs Michael L. Whitfield (NH) and Cathy H. Wu (DE)
      • Additiction | Co-chairs Josiah “Jody” Rich (RI) and Steven T. Higgins (VT)

Please submit inquiries to riinbre@etal.uri.edu.

The Rhode Island IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence is funded by NIGMS Grant# P20GM103430

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