New IDeAs, New Discoveries

2021 Virtual North East Regional IDeA Conference (v-NERIC)

August 16–18

Rhode Island INBRE hosted the 2021 virtual North East Regional Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Conference this summer. The conference brought together researchers from IDeA programs throughout Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and will feature keynotes, science sessions, breakouts, and lighting talks highlighting some exciting IDeA research and discoveries in the areas of neuro and cardiovascular health, cancer, addiction, host/microbe interactions and drug resistance, environmental health sciences, computational biology, and entrepreneurship.  Please find videos and slides of the presentations below.


Opening Session

Keynote Speaker #1

  • Introduction: Alan L. Rothman, MD. Research Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology; Head, Laboratory of Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis, Institute for Immunology and Informatics, University of Rhode Island
  • Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development
    Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD. Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health

Scientific Sessions

  • Piestar and IDeA: Better Together
    How 20 IDeA programs are streamlining RPPR and SIRS reporting, turning our data collection and reporting nightmare into a dream
    Ben Claar and Jeff Wright

Keynote Speaker #2

Lightning Talks
By Trainees: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, and Postdoctoral Scholars
– Short, engaging presentations focusing on key points of research
Host: Samantha Meenach (RI)

  • Technology Lightning Talks – Moderator: Samantha Meenach (RI)
  • Biology Lightning Talks – Moderator:  Brett Pellock (RI)
  • Psychology/Health Lightning Talks – Moderator: Victoria Heimer-McGinn (RI)
  • Cancer Lightning Talks – Moderator: Jyothi Menon (RI)
  • Neuro Lightning Talks – Moderator: Amanda Crocker (VT)
  • Microbial Lightning Talks – Moderator: Lori Banks (ME)

Breakout Session

Keynote Speaker #3

  • Introduction: Edward Hawrot, PhD. Brown University Alva O. Way University Professor of Medical Science, Senior Associate Dean of Biology. Program Coordinator, Advance CTR (NIH IDeA-CTR award). Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Catching up with the CRISPR Craze: Applications and Implications of a Disruptive Technology
    Rodolphe Barrangou,
    PhD. Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor,
    Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University