USC Research Center for Liver Diseases 21st Annual Symposium

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

Mayer Auditorium
1975 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

10:00-10:10 a.m.: Opening Remarks

Neil Kaplowitz, M.D.


P/F Project Applicants/Progress Reports

10:10-10:30 a.m.: Centrosome amplification in disease penetrance of microsatellite instability colorectal cancer

Chengyu Liang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medicine, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, USC


10:30-10:50 a.m.: Regulation of wnt-induced JNK signaling by the ubiquitin editing enzyme A20

Ling Shao, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, GI/Liver, USC


10:50-11:10 a.m.: Coffee Break


Advisory Board Member Lecture

11:10 – 11:50 a.m.: Evidence for cancer stem cells and an altered stem cell niche regulated by TGF-beta

Lopa Mishra, M.D., Professor of Surgery, George Washington University


11:50-12:30 a.m.: Break (Lunch will be provided)


P/F Project Applicants/Progress Reports

12:30 – 12:50 p.m.: Gender difference in the regulation of Sab (Sh3bp5) expression and role in susceptibility to acute hepatotoxicity

Sanda Win, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, GI/Liver, USC


12:50-1:10 p.m.: Systematic deciphering of epigenetic landscape in hepatocellular carcinoma

Yong (Tiger) Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy              


RCLD Member Lecture

1:10-1:40 p.m.: Role of FGF 15/19 signaling in obesity and NASH

Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS, Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, USC, CHLA


1:40-2:00 p.m. Coffee Break


Advisory Board Lecture

2:00- 2:40 p.m.: Regulated cell death mechanisms

Guy Salvesen, M.D., Professor, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute


RCLD Young Investigator Lecture

2:40-3:20 p.m.: Are we digging too deep or just unaware of viral hibernation?

Takeshi Saito, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, and Pathology, Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, USC


Guest Lecture

3:20-4:00 p.m.: Obesity, sugar and genes: The perfect storm for fatty liver disease in Hispanics

Michael Goran, Ph.D., Professor, Preventive Medicine; Dr. Robert C. Atkins Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes; Co-Director, Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute, USC

Event Type

Conference/Symposia, Event Highlights




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