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LabRoots invites you to the First Annual CRISPR Virtual Event! With continued adoption and integration in research labs, CRISPR gene editing has gained importance both as a research tool in drug discovery, screening, and therapeutic development. This inaugural event will bring together thought leaders from academia, trained researcher from clinical laboratories, and industry experts from pharmaceutical to biotech.

This exciting new field is faced with new challenges and limitations. Experts will share case studies and experiences regarding best practices to guide RNA design, effects associated with CRISPR/Cas and address appropriate alternatives that are currently being developed.

The 2018 event will cover a range of topics, such as:

  • In Vivo Genome Editing with CRISPR
  • Engineering T Cell Circuitry
  • Harnessing CRISPR-Cas9 to Enhance Genome Editing
  • Measurements and Standards
  • CRISPR-Based Gene Editing for Drug Discovery & Targeted Therapies 
  • Next-gen editing tools 

This complimentary conference offers a fantastic opportunity to benefit from interacting with a global community of like-minded colleagues from the comfort of home. Topics of discussion include the distinctions and abilities of CRISPR-based editing, next-gen editing tools, precision in gene editing and using CRISPR for drug discovery. As our first-ever annual event on CRISPR, we aim to further the conversation of cannabis sciences and analytical research.
Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. You can take part in exactly those parts which you are interested in and be back at your desk or bench in an instant. Virtual events remove time and place restrictions and ensure that everyone who wants to participate can do so. This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global clinical community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Call for Posters — Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary, and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Plan now to have your poster included in the 2018 CRISPR Virtual Event. Submission is free. Submit your abstract here.
Continuing Education
By participating in this virtual event and watching webcast presentations, you can earn Free Continuing Education (PACE) credits. To earn educational credits, you must view an entire presentation. Following the presentation, you must click on the educational credit link provided for that particular speaker and follow the required process. Once you have completed the process, you will receive a certificate for the educational credit.
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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard
  • Professor and Director of Bioinformatics Core, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary, and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Posters should be submitted as a PowerPoint file. Presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text. This content is not peer-reviewed. Submission is free.


Enter the following information to this Submission Form:

  • Poster Title
  • Your Name
  • Your Institution
  • Your Email
  • Abstract describing the poster

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and decisions regarding acceptance will be made as abstracts are received. You will be notified within one week of receipt about acceptance. Further details and registration materials will be provided at that time. You do not have to be present in order to have a poster displayed. Only those abstracts approved by LabRoots may display posters at this event.

If accepted, you will also have the opportunity to record a 3-5 minute summary video for each poster. LabRoots will work with each individual to create these videos. Video links and email contact information will be included on each poster displayed.

Questions? Email Posters@LabRoots.com

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  • Xiaobo Zhou, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard
      Dr. Zhou has been leading the Functional Genomics research team at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School since 2009. Her group focuses on deciphering function of human genome, mainly genetic regions identified by genome-wide association studies (GWAS) or eQTL analysis in respiratory diseases. Through interpreting biological meanings of GWAS findings, her lab aims to identify novel drug targets in complex pulmonary diseases. To interpret biological meaning of genetic variants/regions associated with complex diseases, Dr. Zhou's group has established a pipeline to dissect local chromatin structure surrounding GWAS and eQTL SNPs, including ChIP, FAIRE (Formaldehyde-Assisted Isolation of Regulatory Elements), 3C (chromatin conformation capture) and 4C(chromatin conformation capture sequencing). We also recently applied a high-throughput screening to identify functional variants within GWAS loci by massively paralleled reporter assay (MPRA). The state-of-the-art genome editing method, mainly CRISPR/Cas-9 has also been routinely applied to identify functional regulatory variants in a semi-high-throughput way and to asses function of novel GWAS genes. Additionally, to pursue further mechanistic studies on GWAS candidate genes, her group characterized protein interactome in vitro and generated knockout and transgenic mouse lines in disease relevant murine models. In collaboration with multiple cross-functional groups, he group has identified functional variants in the HHIP and FAM13A two COPD GWAS loci and also identified novel druggable pathways associated with genetic predispositions in COPD. Additionally, Functional Genomics Laboratory led by her has also developed customized experimental validations on networks built upon various human -omics datasets, including genomics, proteomics and genetics data.
    • Lihua Zhu, PhD
      Professor and Director of Bioinformatics Core, University of Massachusetts Medical School
        Lihua Julie Zhu obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, and her M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University in Chicago in 2001. She joined the Bioinformatics Core of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) of Northwestern University in 2001, where she was the Director of Bioinformatics Consulting Core from 2003 to 2005 and the Director of Clinical Informatics Group from 2005 to 2007. She joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) as the head of Bioinformatics core of Program in Gene Function and Expression (PGFE) in 2007. Dr. Zhu is currently a professor and the head of Bioinformatics Core in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology (MCCB) of UMMS.
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