Throughout Michigan Medicine, there are remarkable stories of discoveries and achievements in basic science, clinical, and translational research that need to be shared. The Frontier Seminar Series, hosted by Bishr Omary, Special Advisor on Research to the Dean, provides a platform for storytelling. Dr. Omary invites you to attend as many seminars in the series as you can. The Frontier Seminar Organizing Committee includes Drs. Rodica Busui, Gabriel Corfas, Asma Nusrat, and John Traynor.
Our aim is to provide an outstanding experience for all attendees. If you require reasonable accommodations in order to attend, please contact the organizer at least two days before the event.
Your August 19 Speakers
Jack Parent, MD
Dr. Jack Parent, MD is the William J. Herdman Professor in the Department of Neurology. He received an A.B. in 1986 from Stanford University and an MD from Yale University in 1990. After neurology residency and clinical and research fellowship training in epilepsy at UCSF, he moved to the University of Michigan in 2000. He currently serves as co-director of the Epilepsy Division and directs the Human Stem Cell and Gene Editing Core. Dr. Parent’s research focuses on understanding mechanisms of genetic and acquired epilepsies using stem cell and developmental neurobiology approaches. He has received awards for his research, including the Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award from the American Academy of Neurology, the Grass Foundation Award in Neuroscience from the American Neurological Association and the Basic Science Research Award from the American Epilepsy Society. Dr. Parent recently served as Secretary of the American Neurological Association and on the Board of the American Epilepsy Society, and he founded and now co-chairs the scientific advisory board of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. He is also Chief Editor of Epilepsy Currents, and serves on the editorial boards of Brain Plasticity and the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Lori Isom, PhD
Dr. Isom is the Maurice H. Seevers Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Prior to becoming Chair of Pharmacology she served as Director of the Program in Biomedical Sciences and Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in the University of Michigan Medical School. She received her PhD in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. William A. Catterall at the University of Washington. Dr. Isom’s postdoctoral research included the first cloning, sequencing, and expression of voltage-gated sodium channel SCN1B and SCN2B, encoding 1 and 2 subunits, respectively. Dr. Isom’s laboratory at the University of Michigan focuses on voltage-gated sodium channel structure, function, and role in epileptic encephalopathy, including Dravet syndrome. She has received awards for research and mentoring, including a NINDS Javits R37 MERIT award and the University of Michigan Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award. In 2011, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her work in Neuroscience and Graduate Education.
Continuing Medical Education Information
The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Participants wishing to claim CME credits should login to MiCME.medicine.umich.edu, to claim credit for the Dean's Frontier Seminar Program (2019) program.
Seminars in the Frontier Series
August 19, 2019 Lori Isom, PhD
Noon, Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building