Basic Science Symposia

The Basic Science Symposia have been an integral part of STARS since its inception. In fact, it was the overwhelming success of the very first symposium, “DNA in Biology and Medicine,” that ultimately led to the development of STARS.

The symposia are presented by UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty and cover a variety of current topics in biomedical research. In order to help teachers infuse this up-to-date information into the classroom, specific learning activities are developed by STARS staff to accompany each symposium. 

Due to increasing demand, the Basic Science Symposia has recently been expanded to include two 6-hour symposia and four 2-hour “mini-symposia” each school year. Many teachers use these sessions to help fulfill state certification and school district requirements for professional development.

2015–16 Symposia Schedule

2015 Symposia

  • September 14, 2015
    "What Parasites Can Teach Us"
    Mini-Symposium
    Michael Reese, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology 
    James Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

  • October 10, 2015
    "Neuroscience”
    Basic Science Symposium
    Marc Diamond, M.D., Professor, Neurology & Director, Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • November 2, 2015
    "TOR, Superhero of Metabolism"
    Mini-Symposium
    Melanie Cobb, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology
    James Brugarolas, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

2016 Symposia

  • January 11, 2016
    "The Lung"
    Mini-Symposium
    Carol Mendelson, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry
    Rashmin Savani, M.D., Professor, Pediatrics
  • February 27, 2016
    "Women in Science & Medicine Symposium"
    Special-Symposium
  • April 4, 2016
    “Innate Immunity”
    Mini-Symposium
    Bruce Beutler, M.D., Professor & Director of Center for the Genetics of Host Defense  
    Zhijian Chen, Ph.D., Professor, Center for the Genetics of Host Defense 

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