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A distinguished professional Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, Hepatitis B Foundation, and the Drexel Institute to promote scientific exchange at a national and international level. National and international leaders in the field are invited to speak on a regular schedule.

Seminar Series Schedule 2008


January 4 - 11:00 AM - John Blaho, PhD (Virology Research Division, Medical Diagnostic Laboratories)
"Apoptosis During HSV Infection"

January 11 - 11:00 AM - Shohreh Amini, PhD (Temple University Centre for Neurovirology and Cancer Biology)
"p27SJ Downregulates HIV-1 gene Expression"

January 18 - 11:00 AM - Stephan Menne, PhD (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine)
"The Woodchuck Model for Therapy of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection Including Hepatocellular Carcinoma"

*January 22 - 4:00 PM - Joseph J. Villafranca, PhD (Senior Vice President of Operations, Tunnell Consulting)
"Drug Discovery to Commercialization: A Challenging Road"

January 25 - 11:00 AM - Anthony T. Yeung, PhD (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
"Proteomic Analysis of Pancreatic Cyst Fluids"

February 8 - 11:00 AM - Michael Pierce, PhD (University of Georgia Cancer Center)
"Exploiting Glycomics to Identify Cancer Markers"

February 14 - 11:00 AM - Dan Loeb, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
"HBV Reverse Transcription: Dynamic RNA/DNA Template Conformations Direct Genome Replication"

*February 29 - 1:30 PM - Thomas L. Richard, PhD (Pennsylvania State University)
"Science and Entrepreneurism in Alternative Energy Technologies"

March 7 - 11:00 AM - Terry Butters, PhD (University of Oxford)
"Free Oligosacharides as Evidence of Protein Degradation"

April 11 - 4:00 PM - Anna Lok, MD, MRCP (University of Michigan)
"Antiviral Drug-Resistant Hepatitis B: Can we Prevent this Monster from Growing?"
Presented through the Hepatitis B Foundation/Commonwealth Institute Distinguished Lectureship Series

April 22 - 4:00 PM - Rafi Ahmed, PhD (Emory University Vaccine Center)
"Immunological Strategies for Treating Chronic Viral Infections"
Hepatitis B Foundation’s 2008 Bruce Witte Lecturer

May 9 - 11:00 AM - Dr. Sina Bavari (Immunology, Target Identification & Translational Research, USAMRIID

May 16 - 2:00 PM - Pauline Rudd, PhD (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, University College of Dublin)
Glycobiology: The Importance of Glycosylation from the Bench to the Clinic"

May 23 - 11:00 AM - Herman Staats, MD (Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Duke University)
"Adjuvants and Formulations for Nasally-Administered Botulinum Vaccines: Preclinical Studies in Mice and Rabbits"

June 10 - 11:00 AM - Alfonso Tobia, PhD (Hy BioPharma)
"Hypericin: A Novel Anti-Cancer Drug, its Discovery and Clinical Development to Phase III Trials"

July 25 - 11:00 AM - Pei-Yong Shi, PhD (Laboratory of Virology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Wadsworth Center)
"Flaviviris Methyltransferase: A Novel Target for Antiviral and Vaccine Development"

July 30 - 4:00 PM - Brian Carr, MD, PhD, FRCP (Liver Tumor Program, Kimmel Cancer Center - Thomas Jefferson University Medical College)
"New Treatments for HCC: How the Biology Drives Therapy"

August 6 - 11:00 AM - Patrick Romano, PhD
"Defining Cellular Responses and Development of RNAi Based Drugs Targeting Influenza"

September 11 - 2:00 PM - Allen Reitz, PhD
"Fragment Based Drug Discovery"

October 10 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Annual Biotech Conference (Sponsored by Regional Biotech Council)

October 17 - 11:00 AM - Robin Morgan, PhD (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware)
"Marek's Disease Virus MicrosRNAs: Insights Into Herpesvirus Oncology"

October 29 - 11:00 AM - Joel D. Pardee, PhD (Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University)
"M-34 Protein: A Diagnostic Marker for Early Stage Detection of Colon and Breast Carcinoma"

November 7 - 11:00 AM - Fred Krebs, PhD (Drexel University College of Medicine)
"Discovery and Development of Biguanide-Based, Dual Co-Receptor Inhibitors Effective Against HIV-1"

November 12 - 11:00 AM - Brian McMahon, MD (Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program, Alaska Native Medical Center)
"How Long Does Protection from Hepatitis B and A Vaccines Last?"

December 12 - 11:00 AM - Jane Clifford, MD (Dept. of Biochemistry, Drexel University College of Medicine)

December 16 - 4:00 PM - Dr. Herb Taylor* (Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)
"Understanding Current Financial Turmoil and its Impact on Biotech Entrepreneurs"


For More Information:
Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research
3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902
Tele: 215.489.4900
Fax 215.489.4920

Please note that all Seminars are held at the IHVR and Drexel Institute located at the PA Biotechnology Center of Bucks County in Doylestown, PA. Click here for Travel Directions.


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