2021 Joint UCLA SCORE Symposium

When:
March 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
2021-03-19T09:00:00-07:00
2021-03-19T15:15:00-07:00

SAVE THE DATE
&
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

JOINT UCLA SCORE VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM
Sex Differences in Brain-Gut Disorders and Metabolism

 

Friday, March 19, 2021
9:00 AM – 3:15 PM PT

We invite you to submit your abstracts for the 2021 Joint UCLA SCORE Symposium.

  • Due by Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Students and Early Career Investigators are eligible for the abstract competition
    • $500 first prize and $250 second prize in Student category (undergraduate/graduate students)
    • $500 first prize and $250 second prize in Early Career Investigator category (post-graduate/trainee/junior faculty)
  • Any research where sex as a biological variable is factored into research designs, analyses, and in reporting are welcome.
  • Virtual poster session at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM on day of the symposium
  • Abstracts presented at or submitted to local, regional or national meetings during the past 6 months are acceptable.
  • Abstract preparation and submission instructions are described below

Abstract Preparation Instructions

  • Format abstract using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs with 3,000 character limit
  • For special characters such as Greek or algebraic, use a standard font such as ‘Arial’ or ‘Times New Roman’. Do not use the ‘Symbol’ font. Otherwise, please spell it out.
  • Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate compounds in the title of the abstract.
  • Up to 2 figures/tables are permitted
  • Indicate applicable category(ies)
    • brain-gut axis
    • microbiome
    • obesity/metabolic syndrome
    • mitochondrial biology
    • neuroimmunology
    • autonomic nervous system
    • insulin resistance/diabetes
    • mind-brain-body interactions
    • stress
    • chronic pain syndromes (e.g. IBS, FM, Vulvodynia, IC/BPS)
    • liver diseases
    • outcomes research
    • other
  • If you wish to be considered for the poster competition, please indicate your training level

Submit abstracts and supporting material to Cathy Liu at clliu@g.ucla.edu

Register for the symposium: uclahs.fyi/2021-joint-ucla-score-registration

Preliminary Agenda

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Eric Esrailian, MD
Lincy Foundation Chair, Clinical Gastroenterology; Chief, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Part 1 – Update of the SCOREs and State of the Centers  (15 minutes each)
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Emeran Mayer, MD
MPI, SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Brain Gut Microbiome Interactions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Director, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience; Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Karen Reue, PhD
MPI, SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Metabolism; Professor, Department of Human Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chyren Hunter, PhD
Associate Director for Basic and Translational Research,  NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
Part 2 –  Invited Speakers Part I (45 minutes each)
10:00 AM  – 11:30 AM “Novel Sex-Specific Mechanisms of Trauma Programming Begin Before Conception”
Tracy L. Bale, PhD
Director, Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development; Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, University of Maryland
“Sexual Dimorphism in Obesity and Body Fat Distribution”
Cecilia Lindgren, MSc, PhD
Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, The Big Data Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Lunch
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Poster Session and Judging
Part 3 – Junior Faculty Lightning Rounds  (15 minutes each)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM “Sex Differences in the Neural Control of Energy Balance”
Stephanie Correa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology and Physiology, UCLA
“Sex, Mitochondria and Fat Metabolism”
Karthickeyan Chella Krishnan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Physiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
“Brain-Gut-Microbiome Signature in Females with Food Addiction”
Tien Dong, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
“Epigenetic Changes Associated with Sex and Their Role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pathophysiology”
Swapna Joshi, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Systems Biomedicine; G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Part 4 – Invited Speakers Part II (45 minutes each)
1:30 PM  – 3:00 PM “Sex Differences in the Cardiovascular Consequences of Type 2 Diabetes”
Judy Regensteiner, PhD
Director, Center for Women’s Health Research, Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, University of Colorado Denver
“Evidence-based Phenotypes in Vulvodynia”
Andrea Rapkin, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLAJennifer Labus, PhD
Director, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience; Adjunct Professor, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA
Part 5 – Awards and Acknowledgements  
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Lin Chang, MD
MPI, SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Brain Gut Microbiome Interactions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Director, Functional GI Disorders Program, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience; Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

About the UCLA Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences

UCLA SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Brain Gut Microbiome Interactions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The aims are to gain a better understanding of the role of the gut microbiome and female sex hormones in the modulation of brain gut microbiome interactions in two of the most common disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic functional constipation. These studies will provide valuable insights on the pathophysiology and treatment of these conditions. uclacns.org/score

UCLA SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Metabolism. The objective is to elucidate sex differences in risk factors and treatments for Metabolic Syndrome (MetSyn) components such as obesity, insulin resistance/diabetes, dyslipidemia, and fatty liver. Differences between men and women in susceptibility to cardio-metabolic disease are well known, but the underlying genetic and physiological mechanisms remain poorly defined. Our goal is to identify factors that determine sex-specific MetSyn risk, which may lead to better diagnosis and treatment for both sexes. sexdifferencesinmetabolism.ucla.edu