Month: September 2015

Science Cafe — Personalized Immunotherapy Core Interest Group (CIG), October 9, 2015

The Personalized Immunotherapy Core Interest Group (CIG) will be hosting a Science Cafe on “Targeting Mutational Neoepitopes as the Ultimate Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy.” This event will provide a forum to meet with clinicians and researchers to discuss a new way to identify mutation targets in cancer cells to develop personalized vaccines for treatment of patients with ovarian cancer.

When:    Friday, October 9, 2015

Time:      4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where:   UConn Health, Academic Lobby, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030

Drinks and food will be available.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Tracy Hintz:

New Travel Fellowship named in honor of Dr. Cato T. Laurencin


The Society for Biomaterials is proud to announce the new Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travel Fellowship.

The fellowship will:

  • Support under-represented minorities, in the field of biomaterials, by providing an undergraduate student the resources needed to attend the annual meeting of the Society For Biomaterials and to become a member of the Society; and
  • To stimulate/encourage recipients to pursue a career in biomaterials.

The Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travel Fellowship includes registration, airfare, hotels, transfers, and meals. Each awardee will also be given a complimentary membership in the Society For Biomaterials and assigned a graduate student mentor to guide them through the annual meeting, and to help them pursue their advanced degree and career goals.

Dr. Cato Laurencin, for whom the fellowship has been named, is well known for his commitment to mentoring. He is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award, the Beckman Award for Mentoring, the Alvin F. Crawford Award for Mentoring, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Math Mentoring from President Barack Obama in ceremonies at The White House.

Dr. Laurencin is the Founding Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, the Founding Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences; and the Director of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He is also the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; and  Professor of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Laurencin is the 8th designated University Professor in UConn’s history.  An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering, he is the recipient of the N.I.H. Director’s Pioneer Award. In the Society For Biomaterials, Dr. Laurencin has served as a meeting Opening Keynote Speaker, Chair of the Special Interest Group Committee, and has received both the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature, and the Technology Innovation and Development Award from the Society. He is an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering.



Linda Barry, M.D., FACS to receive Women in Science Leadership Award

Dr. Linda Barry

Dr. Linda Barry, associate professor, assistant director and chief operating officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut, Director of the Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP), and Director of the M1 Mentorship Program is being honored with the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award it was announced.  This award recognizes exceptional leadership in promoting women’s participation and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Through a nomination process and competitive review by the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science steering committee, Dr. Barry was selected based on her unique background in clinical and translational science, as well as her commitment to mentorship and creating a pipeline for underrepresented minority men and women to enter the field of research and medicine.

Dr. Barry will be honored on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Connecticut Science Center Green Gala.


SAVE THE DATE: MIT/Trinity Science Lecture, November 4, 2015

The MIT Club of Hartford invites you to a fascinating evening of science and engineering at Trinity College.
Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvre to follow.

Tim Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
MIT Associate Professor in the Departments of Biological Engineering and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Topic:             “Applying Synthetic Biology to Human Disease”

Date:                Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Time:               6:45 p.m.

Trinity College
McCook Auditorium
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT  06106

For inquiries or to R.S.V.P., please contact Barry Bronfin, Sc.D. at

View the save the date flier: Lu_SaveTheDate