GCB Faculty among MEDx Colloquia Award Recipients

Congratulations MEDx Colloquia award recipients: Charlie Gersbach, Edward Smith, Simon Gregor, Xiling Shen, Jessilyn Dunn, Raluca Gordon
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GCB Faculty among MEDx Colloquia Award Recipients

Duke GCB faculty are represented in each of the three 2020 MEDxColloquia Awards. These colloquia are designed to bring together physicians, engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, and basic and/or clinical researchers with a desire to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to solve complex problems and inspire innovation in medicine. 

Three teams co-led by investigators from the Pratt School of Engineering and School of Medicine were selected for funding. 

Congratulations to the MEDx Colloquia Award Recipients:

Duke Myology Group, led by Edward Smith, M.D., (Pediatrics) and Charles Gersbach, Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering)

The Duke Myology Group (DMG) was started to provide an opportunity for basic and clinical scientists with a shared interest in skeletal muscle biology and pathology to meet regularly, present their research and establish new collaborations. DMG meets monthly and currently consists of over 30 members, including faculty and post-docs from various Duke departments such as Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Pathology and the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute. Announcements are sent to the Duke community for seminars of broad interest. 


Duke Single Cell Biology Initiative, led by Simon Gregory, Ph.D., (Neurology) and Xiling Shen, Ph.D. (BME)

Despite the presence of ample knowledge in different disciplines and abundant clinical tissue resources, there is currently not a platform that unites Duke investigators to develop, optimize and apply new technologies for single cell approaches. Furthermore, there is a large, unmet need among researchers and clinicians on campus who want to perform single cell analyses but are constrained by access to cutting-edge technologies and computational expertise. This group believes that discussions initiated during a proposed annual Colloquium will disseminate critical knowledge, foster new collaborations and develop methodologies that will put Duke at the forefront of this field. 

This Single Cell Colloquium will be held on May 29 in Trent Semans Center Great Hall.

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Duke Women in Data Science Conference, led by Jessilyn Dunn, Ph.D., (BME and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics) and Raluca Gordan, Ph.D. (Biostatistics & Bioinformatics)

Data science is one of the most in-demand disciplines in America, yet only 18% of data scientists are female. To make matters more challenging, there is a well-established record of gender bias in conference speaker lineups. To help address this, this group will organize a local conference showcasing scientific achievements from female data scientists to a broad audience. This Global Women in Data Science Conference will aim to educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field by bringing together experts from across the Triangle in a variety of fields to facilitate new connections, encourage participants to continue pursing research in Data Science, and feature key female leaders carrying out extraordinary work in this space. 

This Women in Data Science Durham Conference will be held on April 22 in Hock Plaza Auditorium. 

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Story originally published on the MEDx website

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