Trainees present their posters.

Trainees present their posters at the Medicine by Design symposium on Dec. 4, 2018. (Photo by Neil Ta)

More than 350 people attended the third annual Medicine by Design Symposium on Dec. 4, 2018. Focused on cell and gene therapy, the symposium featured four invited speakers — Bénédicte Chazaud (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1), Yvonne Chen (University of California, Los Angeles), Rudolf Jaensich (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Lorenz Studer (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) — as well as Medicine by Design-funded principal investigators from diverse fields.

More than 70 trainees presented posters. Congratulations to the following award winners:

1st place:

  • Suja Shrestha (Santerre lab) “Synthetic Non-Viral Nanoparticles for CRISPR-Cas9 Delivery as Treatment Intervention for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Cytotoxicity and Transfection Evaluation”

2nd place (tie):

  • Wahiba Dhahri (Laflamme lab) “In vitro matured hESC-derived cardiomyocytes electrically couple and form improved intra-cardiac grafts in injured guinea pig hearts”
  • Margaret Ho (Shoichet lab) “Combinatorial strategies to deliver cells and biomolecules to the retina”

Translation award:

  • Mitchell Doughty (Ghugre lab) “MRI Driven Augmented Reality Guidance System for Targeted Cardiac Procedures”

Thank you to our sponsors, BlueRock Therapeutics and STEMCELL Technologies.

All photos by Neil Ta