Ninth Annual Ernest E. Just Scientific Symposium

February 27, 2009
Basic Science Building Auditorium, Room 100



8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast - BSB 100 entrance to Auditorium


Introduction & History





9:00 - 9:15

Opening: MUSC Vice President, Provost and Professor; John Raymond, M.D.
Greetings: MUSC Director Office of Student Diversity; Willette Burnham, M.Ed.







9:15 - 9:45

Title: "Just's Dartmouth "
Peter Carini, M.S.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755






Part II: Role Models




9:45 - 10:15

Title: "The Art of Indecision "

Joyce Hunter, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

National Instututes of Health

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5465







10:15 - 10:25






Just Symposium Speaker

10:25 - 11:10

Title: "Merck Research Labs: Make a Future Where you can Make a Difference"
Lyndon Mitnaul, Ph.D.
Research Fellow at the Merck Research Laboratories

Merck and Company, Inc.

Rahway, New Jersey






11:15 - 11:30

Title: "Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Mechanisms of Protection in Amino-glycoside-induced Hair Cell Death "
Shimon Francis
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine







11:30 - 12:15pm





  • Campus tour for visiting students
  • Undergraduate Advisors meet with MUSC College Admissions Officers



12:20 - 12:50

Lunch 1st floor Dental Medicine Lobby






Part III: Science



      Students to meet with College Admissions Officers






1:30 - 2:30

Title: "Cadherin-cytoskeletal Interactions for Regulation of Cell-cell Adhesion"

Masatoshi Takeichi, Ph.D.

Director of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology

2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi

Chuo-Ku, Kobe 650-0047. Japan



2:30 - 3:30

Title: "Stem Cells in Lung Development and Repair"
Brigid Hogan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology

Duke University School of Medicine






3:30 - 4:30

Title: "Challenges for Regenerative Medicine "
John Gearhart, Ph.D.
James W. Effron University Professor

Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Professor of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

University of Pennsylvania





Thank you to our Sponsors:
MUSC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, SC EPSCoR/IDeA, SC NASA Space Grant Consortium, Office of the Provost, Office of Diversity, College of Graduate Studies, College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences

For more information, contact:
Dr. Perry Halushka ( )
Dr. Titus A. Reaves ( )
Phone: 792-1282

Archived Just Symposiums: 2008, 2007, 2006