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Welcome to the Third Biennial Western Regional IDeA Scientific Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. This conference is for IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program participants from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Our theme for this meeting is “One Biology”. Our concept of One Biology requires connections. We want connections from the bench to the bedside, from the bench to the broader community, and of course, connections to each other.

Our meeting will include sessions and workshops on Evaluation, Mentoring, Bioinformatics, Grant Writing and Research presentations (oral and poster).

NIGMS logoThe National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsors the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program. This important program aids in the development of research competitiveness of investigators and institutions among 23 states and Puerto Rico in which the aggregate funding success rate of applications to NIH has been historically low. This Conference will highlight progress and research excellence being developed at multiple institutions in our Western Region. We hope you have an exciting and productive experience. It is our pleasure to welcome you to our Islands. A hui hou kakou malama pono (Take Care, until we meet again).

mukesh kumar

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Revised Agenda

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013

5:30pm - 7:00pm Pre-conference Registration and “Meet n Greet” Pupu Hour

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

7:30am - Breakfast

8:00am - 8:10am Welcome (Jerris Hedges)

8:10am - 8:30am CTR-IN (Robert Langer)

8:30am – 9:30am Scientific Keynote Speaker (James Collins)

9:30am - 10:00am Break to Transition to Scientific Sessions

10:00am - 12:00pm Scientific Sessions

12:00noon - 1:30pm LUNCH & Pre-poster Viewing

1:30pm - 3:30pm Breakout Sessions

3:30pm - 5:30pm Poster Presentations

6:00pm - 8:00pm Luau Dinner (Dinner Speaker - Sidney A. McNairy, Jr.; Hula show to follow)

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

7:30am - Breakfast

8:00am - Scientific Keynote Speaker (Jason Moore)

9:00am - Breakout Sessions

11:00am - 12:00 noon - Closing Speech