Companion Diagnostics: From Biomarker Identification to Market Entry

The New York Academy of Sciences
Monday, April 28, 2014
This 2-day conference will provide a neutral forum for international scientists and clinicians from academia, industry, and government—as well as healthcare policy makers, regulatory experts, insurance sector representatives, and other stakeholders—to discuss research, financial, and regulatory strategies that will facilitate CDx development and integration into clinical care. Presentations will illustrate successes and failures based on case studies; evaluate emerging applications of technologies such as epigenetics, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology; analyze diverse therapeutic target areas beyond cancer including inflammatory, infectious, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurodegenerative diseases; recognize regulatory hurdles; and formulate solutions to better improve public health with CDx and personalized medicine.

Brainiacs: Recent Advances in Neuroscience

The National Press Club, DC
Monday, April 28, 2014
The sixth annual Johns Hopkins Science Writers’ Boot Camp will feature Johns Hopkins experts in neuroscience and medicine discussing the latest in mapping the brain, learning and memory, recovery after brain injury and more. It will take place at The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.

Neuroscience and Society Series: How Your Brain Distinguishes Tastes and Aromas

AAAS Headquarters, DC
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Speakers at this free event include a neuroscientist from the Monell Institute, and experts in wine, food, and fragrance. We will learn how sommeliers choose and evaluate wines, how chefs create menus, and how perfumers and others create fragrances that are appealing. Following the program, sponsored by AAAS and the Dana Foundation, enjoy a special tasting reception and an interactive demonstration with perfumes to experience what you learned about taste and aroma.

Learning & the Brain Conference: The Science of Smarter Minds

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, NYC
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Research in the fields of brain, cognitive and mind sciences are providing new insights into critical and creative thinking and intelligence. Explore ways to use the science of “smarter minds” to teach the skills students need to meet today’s new standards, curriculum and careers.

The Adolescent Brain with Expert Dr. Jay Giedd

Suburban Hospital’s Auditorium in Bethesda, MD
Thursday, May 08, 2014
In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, FasterCures will host a dynamic community discussion on the developing adolescent brain on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm ET at Suburban Hospital’s Auditorium in Bethesda, MD. The National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Jay N. Giedd, M.D., chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch, will be on hand to discuss the state of the science and to answer questions from parents, community members, educators, and other stakeholders. RSVP required.

The Biology of Aging: Novel Drug Targets for Neurodegenerative Disease

The New York Academy of Sciences
Friday, May 09, 2014
In this 1-day conference, experts will present major recent advances in aging biology that represent important opportunities for drug discovery for Alzheimer's and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases. The first half of the day will focus on the basic biology of aging-related pathways, with one session on major circuits and a second session on novel targets and pathways. The second half of the day will focus on drug development programs for neurodegenerative disease based on targets identified from aging biology, including recent scientific advances in the science of autophagy, mitochondrial health, inflammation, and protein homeostasis.

Demyelination and Remyelination: From Mechanism to Therapy

The New York Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This translational conference will highlight biological and clinical findings in myelin development, new techniques for brain imaging and for screening molecular targets, and novel therapeutics that promote remyelination. Early Bird Deadline is May 16, 2014. Poster Abstract & Fellowship Deadline is April 28, 2014.