The Advance-CTR Seminar Series gives Pilot Projects recipients, Mentored Research scholars and other awardees the opportunity to present their work and progress in a friendly, collaborative, and interdisciplinary setting. 

This monthly series allows participants to present work at all stages, whether it is early on, as their research progresses, or when they are nearing publication. Presentations, followed by feedback, allows presenters the opportunity to refine and strengthen their research progress. 



Alexander Brodsky, PhD, and Ian Y. Wong, PhD: "Targeting Tumor Invasion and Drug Resistance Using 3D Human Organoids."

Carly Goldstein, PhD: "Randomized Controlled Trial of a Tailored Behavioral eHealth/mHealth Weight Loss Intervention for Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients."

Details: Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. at Women and Infants Hospital, South Pavilion Auditoriums, Auditorium #4. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees may bring their lunch. Register to stream the webinar remotely.



Wentian Yang, MD, and John M. Sedivy, PhD: "Targeting the SHP2 Signaling Pathway to Ameliorate Bone Mineral Loss."

Second presentation to be announced. 

Details: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Lifespan, George Auditorium, from 12-1 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees may bring their lunch. 


The dates for the subsequent seminars are as follows. Presenter information will be posted shortly. 

  • February 8, 2018 from 12-1 p.m.
  • March 8, 2018 from 12-1 p.m.
  • April 12, 2018 from 12-1 p.m.
  • May 10, 2018 from 12-1 p.m.


Past Seminars: 

Chrystal Vergara-Lopez, PhD: "Attentional and Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Depression Among Adolescent Girls"

Marcella Thompson, PhD (presenting), and Elizabeth Hoover, PhD: "Community-engaged tribal research to assess dietary exposures to mercury and PCBs"

Presented November 9, 2017 at the Brown University School of Public Health.


Phillip Grupposo, MD, and David Rand, PhD: "Mechanisms for Nutrient Modulation of Mitochondrial Dynamics and Metabolism."

Chathuraka Jayasuriya, PhD (presenting) and Brett Owens, MD: "Meniscal Repair Using a Novel Subset of Cartilage-Derived Human Stem Cells." 

Presented October 2, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island.


Patrycja M. Dubielecka-Szczerba, PhD, and Elena Oancea, PhD"New Mechanism of Chemoresistance of Leukemic Stem Cells." 

Kerri Kim, PhD, and Kunal Mankodiya, PhD: "Brain/hehavior mechanisms of emotion dysregulation in adolescents with Mood and Anxiety Disorders."

Presented September 11, 2017 at the University of Rhode Island