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E.J. Van Liere Memorial Convocation & HSC Research Day

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The 50th Annual E.J. Van Liere Memorial Convocation and HSC Research Day will be held Thursday, February 26th & Friday, February 27th, 2015.

The Special Guest Speaker for 2015 will be Steve Finkbeiner, MD, PhD who serves as Associate Director and Senior Investigator at Gladstone Institute, University of California, San Francisco.

He also serves as Director at the Taube/Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at Gladstone, Investigator at the Roddenberry Center for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine at Gladstone, and Professor of Neurology and Physiology, University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Finkbeiner studies the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for learning, memory and neurodegeneration. A better understanding of the mechanisms that control memory formation in neurons will yield crucial insights into the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases—and the memory disorders that often characterize them.
As one of the first investigators to join the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in 1999, Dr. Finkbeiner is best known for his pioneering work on neurodegenerative diseases. He invented robotic microscopy, a new form of imaging that has helped unravel cause-and-effect relationships in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Finkbeiner used his robotic microscope to resolve a long-standing puzzle in Huntington’s disease. A study based on results from the microscope became the most-cited paper in the field of neuroscience in the last decade.
With the help of Bay Area philanthropists, Dr. Finkbeiner established the Taube-Koret Center in 2009 to accelerate the development of drug therapies for patients suffering from conditions such as Huntington’s disease. Also at Gladstone, he directs the Hellman Family Foundation Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program.

If you are an alumni and would like to attend any of the scheduled events, please email Holly Legleiter.

The Van Liere Memorial Convocation events include a selected number of graduate and professional students within the Health Sciences degree programs, as well as others in training programs, selected to give talks on their research. This event is competitive, and winners are awarded monetary prizes.

The HSC Research Day rounds out the events with the Health Science Center’s largest, comprehensive poster session that provides faculty, residents, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, graduate students, and professional program students the opportunity to share their research at the poster session and engage in scientific discussion. This event is open to the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.

View the 2015 Schedule

Poster Instructions and Guidelines


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Any questions regarding the Van Liere Memorial Convocation and HSC Research Day or abstract submission should be directed to:


Events Coordinator:

Holly Legleiter
(304) 293-7207

Faculty Contacts:

Stanley Hileman, Ph.D.
(304) 293-1502

Joan Olson, Ph.D.
(304) 293-5843