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Three Reasons to Attend our Symposium

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s work. Our annual Symposium provides researchers, clinicians and industry professionals with a platform to collaborate and advance ideas to solve Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Registration is open for our 2018 Innovations Symposium “Basic Science, The Patient–Have You Two Met?” taking place July 16-17 in San Francisco.

Here are three reasons why you should attend.

Early Bird Discount Until March 30, 2018

1. Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities

We keep this event small so you can connect with your peers. In fact, attendees share how much they value this event for the opportunity to meet colleagues, exchange ideas and plan future collaborations. But, the small size also means that it’s likely to sell out. So, make sure to register soon and save with our early bird discount.

“Interacting on a personal level with top IBD researchers for two days was both eye-opening and inspiring.”– Steve Axelrod, PhD, G-Tech Medical

2. Hear New and Unpublished Research

Speakers working within and outside of IBD research will give thought-provoking presentations and inspire conversations. We’ve lined up noted experts with diverse perspectives, who are advancing the understanding of IBD, including:

  • Janelle Ayres, PhD, Salk Institute
  • William DePaolo, PhD, University of Washington
  • Joe DeRisi, PhD, Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub
  • Brett Finlay, PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Kathy High, Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics
  • Laurie Keefer, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Mary Keir, PhD, Genentech
  • Plus, you’ll hear progress from Rainin Foundation grantees on their cutting-edge research

3. Benefit from Sharing Your Research Findings

Innovations Symposium poster sessions

Sharing research during Symposium poster sessions. Photo credit: Mitch Tobias

The Rainin Foundation welcomes abstracts from researchers and trainees in any sector, including academia, industry and government. This opportunity can help increase awareness about your research and you can get feedback from others in the field. Furthermore, to encourage young scientists to pursue IBD research, we offer travel grants to students and postdocs who present their work at the event. Deadlines are listed below.

  • Call for Abstracts: Share your research in a digital poster session. Submit your abstract by March 30.
  • Travel Awards: Students and postdocs can apply for travel awards. Deadline is March 30.

Explore the event website for more details. We hope to see you in San Francisco in July!


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