Welcome to the combined MGM Research Day and the 2015 Scaletti lecture presented by Dr. Ramnik Xaviar, Harvard Medical School. This event was a part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the UNM School of Medicine. The program represents the current state of research and scholarship in the MGM department and reflects the many MGM collaborative interactions throughout the campus and nationally. The Scaletti lecture and this year’s oral presentations reflect genetics and microbiology as this year’s theme. The poster session shows the breadth and depth of research activities in MGM that include immunology, infection, inflammation, and cancer. We are thankful to our partners in putting this event together, including Center for Global Health, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and the Biology Department on the main campus. We also acknowledge all clinical and basic science departments as well as signature programs and centers at UNM HSC as essential components in the success of our faculty. Once again, we invite you to join us in this event that celebrates science both in a historic perspective by recognizing our founders and by looking forward by showcasing the beauty and relevance of the cutting edge science of today.
Vojo Deretic, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2015 MGM Research Day!
Dr. Scaletti's daughter, Carla, said about our event "I wanted to thank you for the idea of combining the MGM Research Day with the Scaletti Catalyst lecture as keynote—brilliant! What I felt in the air that day was the intense excitement of researchers from different campuses coming together, meeting, and talking with one another; it was almost like there were “research pheromones” in the air. In this case Dr Xavier was almost literally a catalyst who facilitated those interactions of the local researchers with each other. As I was passing by a group of students, I happened to overhear one of them saying enthusiastically, “I didn’t know anyone else was working on this!” I thought that one statement summed up the reason we can still benefit from face-to-face meetings like this, even in the age of the Internet."
We would like to thank the MGM administrative staff for their help and support in making this event possible. We are thankful to Mr. Michael Riblett and the Department of Neuroscience for helping with the event website. A note of thanks to the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (CMBD) committee, Biomedical Research Education Programs (BREP) and UNM HSC Office of Research for their support and help. We also would like to express our deep gratitude to the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), Center for Global Health, Center for Infectious Disease and Inflammation (CIDI) and the Department of Biology at UNM for supporting this event. We are highly indebted to the UNM CME office for the assistance in making this a CME accredited event. We also recognize the generous donations from the Albuquerque Isotopes, Zacatecas Tacos + Tequila, and Ten Thousand Waves Spa. We would like to thank Dr. Ramnik Xavier for agreeing to present the keynote speech and Dr. Xavier’s staff for helping us organize this event. We are thankful to Dr. Scaletti and members of Dr. Scaletti’s family for allowing us to host this event in memory of Dr. Scaletti. This event is also fully supported by UNM School of Medicine (SOM) as a part the 50th anniversary celebration of SOM.