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.

2014–15 Symposia Schedule

2014 Symposia

  • September 8, 2014
    "Bioinformatics: Making Sense of It All"
    Mini-Symposium
    Nick Grishin, Ph.D., Professor, Biophysics and Biochemistry
    Kimberly Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Green Center for Systems Biology, Biophysics
  • October 11, 2014
    "DRUGS: The Good, and Breaking Bad"
    Basic Science Symposium
    Elliott Ross, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology; Green Center for Systems Biology
  • November 3, 2014
    "Sugars: Beyond Nutrition"
    Mini-Symposium
    Mark Lehrman, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology
    Jennifer Kohler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

2015 Symposia

  • January 5, 2015
    "Better Health Through Epidemiology"
    Mini-Symposium
    James De Lemos, M.D., Professor, Internal Medicine 
    Robert Haley, M.D., Professor, Internal Medicine
  • March 2, 2015
    "How the Stomach Controls the Brain"
    Mini-Symposium
    Jeff Zigman, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine; Psychiatry  
    Laurent Gautron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
  • April 18, 2015
    “Opportunities in Biomedicine”
    Special Symposium

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