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Van Liere & Research Day

March 22 & 23, 2018

Plenary Lecture: "Scientific Misadventures: Learning from the Past" featuring Paul Offit, MD

Dr. Offit, a physician scientist who is an expert in infectious diseases, immunology, virology and vaccines, is the founding director of the Autism Science Foundation. He’s also chief of the Division of Infectious Disease and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Offit is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, and was also a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   

His talk, “Scientific Misadventures: Learning from the Past,” will be at NOON, Friday, March 23rd in the Patteson Auditorium at WVU’s Health Sciences Center. It is open to the public, and is the highlight of WVU’s annual two-day Van Liere Research Conference. 

Offit’s lecture will include tales from his upcoming book, “Pandora’s Lab,” that discusses seven instances where scientists failed spectacularly – and how, in many instances, these missteps can pave the way for new, unintended discoveries.

Live Webcast can be viewed here.

Overview of events:


Please see the FLYER for complete information.

Full Agenda

March 22, 2018

Fukushima Auditorium

8:30 am     Clinical Translational Science Oral Presentations *CE

10:20 am   Break

10:30 am - Basic Science Oral Presentations *CE

12:00 pm


Pylons Lobby, Learning Center Commons

3:00 pm     Undergraduate Research Poster Session

4:30 pm -   Graduate Education at WVU Networking


March 23, 2018

Pylons Lobby, Learning Center Commons

8:30 am -   Poster Session: Posters should be 36 inches x36 inches (3ft by 3ft), no larger.  Please note this specific size is mandatory as there will be two posters to each board. 

11:45 am


Okey Patteson Auditorium

12:00 pm   Plenary Lecture *CE

1:15 pm -   Awards Ceremony

1:50 pm


Pylons Lobby, Learning Center Commons

2:00 pm -   Reception, Meet & Greet, Book Signing

4:00 pm



Any questions regarding the 53rd Van Liere Research Conference should be directed to:

Events Coordinator:

Holly Legleiter
(304) 293-7207

Faculty Contacts:

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

Ivan Martinez, Ph.D.

(304) 581-1934