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Biomed/Biotech Special Interest Group  

Where
Kelly's Deli Conference Center
Next to the entrance to 7519 Standish Drive
FDA/CVM Center
Rockville, Maryland  20855

When
Feb 18, 2016    6:00 pm - 8:45 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

“Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells
- Characterization and Therapies”

          To be presented by

Juliann G. Kiang, PhD
Research Professor of Medicine
Radiation Combined Injury Program
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

       Thursday, February 18, 2016

6:00 – 6:20 PM – Networking; Pizza/drink 
6:20 – 8:45 PM – Program 
8:45 – 9:00 PM – Door-prizes drawing; Networking

Online Registration site: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/35817

Open to Public – 
$5: non-ASQ members to cover pizza/drink cost; 
Free: ASQ members, veterans, senior citizens, past speakers, US PHS Commissioned Corp officers, teachers, students, interns, residents, postdocs, FDA Commissioner’s Fellows, MJ-DC members, NTUAADC members, CAPA members, CKUAADC members, CCACC volunteers/employees, FAPAC members, CBA members, AAGEN members, NCARSQA members, OCA-DC members, and current job-seekers
Location: Kelly’s Deli Conference Center, 7529 Standish Place, Rockville (Derwood, for GPS users), MD 20855
Registration Deadline: Please register by Thursday noon, February, 18, 2016.  
Question: Please contact Dr. C.J. George Chang, Chair of Biomed/Biotech SIG, ASQ509; gchang2008@yahoo.com or 240-793-8425 (cell).
Driving directions: By Cars: From I-270 (N or S bound): Take Exit 9A and exit from the FIRST right exit; turn left (east) onto Shady Grove Dr.; turn right (south) onto Rockville Pike (Route 355); turn left (east) onto East Gude Dr.; turn left (north) immediately onto Crabb’s Branch Dr.; turn left (west) immediately onto Standish Place. The first building on your right side is 7519 Standish Place; open parking). The venue is on the first floor of 7529 Building with its external entrance opposite to the left side of 7519 building main entrance. By Metro trains: Off from Red Line Shady Grove Station, and take RideOn Route 59 TOWARD ROCKVILLE and get off from “Calhoun Place” stop. Standish Place is next to the Bus stop. Our venue is within 2 min of walking distance from the stop.

Summary 
Recent understanding in the cellular and molecular signaling activations on adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have provided new insights into their potential clinical applications, particularly for tissue repair and regeneration. This presentation focuses on these advances, specifically in the context of characterizing MSCs and self-renewal for tissue repair and recovery after diseases. Thus far, MSCs have been extensively characterized and shown mitigation and therapy on different diseases in human clinical cases and experimental animal models. MSC-based technologies for treating diseases alone or in combination with adjuvants are foreseeable. 

Current challenges in MSC therapy are the need to overcome cell purity, bioengineering difficulties for tissue structures, optimization of MSC administration protocols, termination of MSC activation after repair and regeneration accomplished, and safety of long-term presence of MSCs. 
(Supported by NIH/NIAID YI-AI-5045-04 and AFRRI RAB33529. The views expressed do not necessarily represent NIH, AFRRI, USUHS, or US DoD.)

Speaker’s Bio
Dr. Juliann G. Kiang completed her PhD and postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She is Research Professor of Medicine at USUHS and Principal Investigator at Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI).  She is the first to describe the skin-wound amplifies iNOS activation, cytokine concentrations, and sepsis after ionizing irradiation. Dr. Kiang identifies both ghrelin therapy and mesenchymal stem cell treatment improving wound healing and survival after radiation combined injury. 

Dr. Kiang has published more than 150 papers in reputed journals and books and held patents. She is an inventor and serves as an editorial member of reputed journals. Among all awards, Juliann received the Research and Development Achievement Award from the US Department of Army. She is a US DoD STEM Model and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. 

This Biomed/Biotech SIG event is cosponsored by the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Greater Washington (www.MonteJadeDC.org) and NTU Alumni Association at DC (www.ntuaadc.org).