Metroplex Day set for March 4

Jan. 22-31, 2011 /

Research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas and UT Southwestern will be highlighted at the sixth annual UT Metroplex Day on March 4 in the T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building and Conference Center. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, scientific staff and trainees are invited to attend.

The one-day event brings together researchers to share science conducted at the institutions. The event’s poster and abstract competition is designed to promote interactions among investigators and to stimulate collaborative research ideas between new and established researchers.

Metroplex Day Schedule

8 a.m. – Poster set-up
8:50 a.m. – Welcome and introductions by Dr. Craig Malloy
9 a.m. – Nanoparticle Self-lighting Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer Treatment, Dr. Wei Chen
9:45 a.m. – Dr. Leo Bleris
10:30 a.m. – Discussion, break and poster session
11 a.m. – Multidisciplinary investigation in malignant brain tumor biology: The whole is much greater than the sum of the parts, Dr. Elizabeth Maher
11:45 a.m. – Technology Development at UTSW, Dr. Dennis Stone
Noon – Lunch and poster session
2 p.m. – CPRIT: Opportunities and Lessons, Dr. Alfred Gilman
3 p.m. – Abstract presentations by graduate students
3:35 p.m. – Poster awards
4 p.m. – Closing

* – Speakers’ topics that have been announced are included.

“Outstanding scientific resources are available at all three of these institutions and all have superb students,” said Dr. Craig Malloy, professor of internal medicine. “Metroplex Day is an opportunity to learn about shared interests and complementary resources across the institutions.”

Nobel laureate Dr. Alfred Gilman, chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), will present the keynote address at 2 p.m. Also scheduled to speak are Dr. Wei Chen, assistant professor of physics, UT Arlington; Dr. Leo Bleris, assistant professor of electrical engineering, UT Dallas; Dr. Elizabeth Maher, associate professor of internal medicine, UT Southwestern; and Dr. Dennis Stone, vice president for technology development, UT Southwestern.

One student from each school, the winners of the abstract competition, will speak in the afternoon.

Dr. Gilman, who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, served as dean of UT Southwestern Medical School for several years until his retirement from the medical center. He has been at CPRIT since it was established in 2007 after Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that authorized the state to fund cancer research and prevention programs.

The registration deadline for Metroplex Day and the accompanying poster competition is Feb. 11. More information is available online at

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Dr. Malloy holds the Richard A. Lange Chair in Cardiology.