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2017 Innovations Symposium

Jul 24, 2017 - 08:25 AM - Jul 25, 05:00 PM
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Palace Hotel
2, New Montgomery St

San Francisco,
ZIP: 94105
Phone: 415-512-1111


The 2017 Innovations Symposium will have a broad focus on early onset IBD

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s annual Innovations Symposium brings together scientific leaders, researchers, trainees and clinicians from around the world to work toward the common goal of curing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The Symposium includes numerous networking opportunities and is designed to encourage dialogue and build bridges that enhance IBD research.

When innovative thinkers come together, novel ideas gain traction.

By bringing together noted experts with diverse perspectives, this unique Symposium has a powerful and lasting impact on both participants and the research in which we are all invested.


Who should attend?

Researchers, including physician-scientists, clinicians, and trainees interested in IBD research.

What makes this conference different?

This is a small event that fosters a sense of community among researchers with the common goal of understanding and preventing IBD.


Monday, July 24, 2017

7:00 am – 8:25 am          Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am – 5:00 pm          General Session
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm          Reception

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7:00 am – 8:25 am          Breakfast
8:30 am – 5:00 pm          General Session


General Public

General Public - Trainee (postdoc, student)



Guest Speakers

Martin J. Blaser, MD

Martin J. Blaser, MD

Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine, Director of the Human Microbiome Project, New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Blaser is a renowned physician and microbiologist whose work focuses on understanding the relationships we have with our persistently colonizing bacteria. Most recently, his research has focused on the relationship of the human microbiome with health and with such important diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes and allergies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and serves as the chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Learn more about Dr. Blaser’s research.

Tejal Desai, PhD

Tejal Desai, PhD

Professor and Chair of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Desai is an internationally acclaimed bioengineer. She directs the Laboratory of Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology where her research brings together advanced micro and nanotechnologies, fundamental insights into cellular behavior in engineered environments, and novel pharmacologic delivery approaches to address disease treatment and clinical translation. She has received recognition as Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators, Popular Science’s Brilliant 10, and the National Science Foundation’s New Century Scholar. Dr. Desai is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.  Learn more about Dr. Desai’s research.

Marla Dubinsky, MD

Marla Dubinsky, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Co-Director of the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Center at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Dubinsky is a distinguished pediatric gastroenterologist whose work aims to understand the influence of genetics and immune responses on the variability in clinical presentations, treatment responses and prognosis of early-onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Her research interests also include the study of pharmacogenetics to evaluate how heredity influences drug responses and optimizing and individualizing the management of IBD. Dr. Dubinsky has received numerous awards for her work including being named a CCFA Medical Honoree and appointed as the Abe and Claire Levine Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Cedars-Sinai. Learn more about Dr. Dubinsky’s research.

Christoph Klein, MD, PhD

Christoph Klein, MD, PhD

Director, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Professor Klein is a prominent physician-scientist devoted to preventing, diagnosing and treating children with rare and common diseases. He and his team have made seminal contributions to the understanding of how blood and immune cells develop and control immunity and tolerance, as well as to the development of novel cell- and gene-based therapies. Professor Klein is a member of many scientific societies and a recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards. He is the founding spokesperson of the German research networks on rare diseases as well as co-founder and principal architect of the international Care-for-Rare Foundation. Learn more about Professor Klein’s research.

Ian Sanderson, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH

Ian Sanderson, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH

Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Sanderson is a distinguished pediatric gastroenterologist whose current work examines how dietary factors act on genes in the epithelium both through promoter-based mechanisms and changes in chromosomal structure. As a clinician he has also published many observations, including being the first to describe four new diseases of childhood, two of which involve inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Professor Sanderson was awarded the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Silver Jubilee award for his work in childhood Crohn’s Disease and the Norman Kretchmer Award in Nutrition and Development for his work on the affect of diet on genes in the developing intestine. Learn more about Professor Sanderson’s research.

Grantee Speakers

Kate Fitzgerald, PhD

Kate Fitzgerald, PhD

Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Fitzgerald’s research focuses on the host response to microbial infection and how the inflammatory process is regulated in order to avoid adverse inflammatory responses and autoimmune disease. Learn more about Dr. Fitzgerald’s research.

Iliyan Iliev, PhD

Iliyan Iliev, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Iliev’s research laboratory studies the functional consequences of fungal microbiota (mycobiota) composition and metabolism on host immunity and bacterial populations in the gut. Learn more about Dr. Iliev’s research.

Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD

Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD

Professor of Molecular Immunology, New York University

Dr. Littman’s research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that promote immune system homeostasis at mucosal surfaces and on characterizing the role of the microbiota in these processes. Learn more about Dr. Littman’s research.



Timothy K. Lu, MD, PhD

Timothy K. Lu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Dr. Lu’s research focuses on engineering platforms for computing and memory in living cells and applying these to create adaptive medicines as next-generation cell and gene therapies for important human diseases. Learn more about Dr. Lu’s research.

David Suskind, MD

David Suskind, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington

Dr. Suskind is a physician-scientist specializing in pediatric gastroenterology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research aims to understand the effect of diet and fecal microbial transplant on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Learn more about Dr. Suskind’s research.

Kevin Whelan, PhD, RD

Kevin Whelan, PhD, RD

Professor of Dietetics, King’s College London

Professor Whelan’s research explores the effect of dietary interventions on the gut microbiota, nutritional status and quality of life in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders. Learn more about Dr. Whelan’s research.

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