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G&D and Molecular Carcinogenesis Spring Retreat

2014 Joint Spring Retreat
Genes & Development and Molecular Carcinogenesis
March 27-29, 2014
T Bar M Conference Center
New Braunfels, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat Program

2014 Retreat Program (pdf)

Retreat Starts Thursday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Retreat Ends Saturday, March 29 at 11:15 a.m.

Retreat Location

T Bar M Conference Center
2549 Hwy 46 West, New Braunfels, Texas 78132
Tel: (800) 292-5469
T Bar M Property Map (jpg)

Houston Bus Information

On Thursday, March 27, one bus will depart from in front of Mitchell BSRB at 7:30 a.m.; boarding starts at 7:00 a.m. You must have a pre-reserved seat to take the bus. A few seats are still available. Contact Elisabeth at elindheim@mdanderson.org if you would like to ride the bus.

On Saturday, March 29, the bus will depart from T Bar M at 12:00 Noon; boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Sports Center. Box lunches will be provided for all bus riders. Upon returning to Houston, the bus will drop off at three locations: 1st Stop: UT Housing, 7900 Cambridge; 2nd Stop: Brown Parking Lot; 3rd Stop: Mitchell BSRB.

Driving Directions

Directions from the T Bar M website

Driving from Houston

  • Take IH-10 West to Seguin.
  • Exit at 607 / Seguin-New Braunfels.
  • Turn left at the first stop sign and then immediately get into the far right lane and turn right onto HWY 46 towards New Braunfels.
  • Take HWY 46 for approximately 21 miles. As you approach New Braunfels, you will go under IH-35 and the road will become Loop 337.
  • Stay on Loop 337 for 5 miles to the Boerne-New Braunfels-HWY 46 exit.
  • Take the Boerne-New Braunfels-HWY 46 exit and turn right at the light. Go approximately 2 miles to the T Bar M Entrance, which will be on the left. You will see a T Bar M billboard just before the entrance.
  • Turn left onto the entrance road and go about 1/4 mile to a parking area by the registration office. Park there or behind the two-story hotel building ahead and to the right.
  • Go to Texas Sage to check in and to pick up your room key and meeting packet (see below). This is behind the T Bar M Office; entrance is on the right side of the building, past the rocking chairs. You do not need to go into the T Bar M Office.

Driving from Smithville

  • Head west on HWY 71.
  • Take Exit HWY 21 (to San Marcos) and turn left.
  • In San Marcos turn right on HWY 80.
  • Turn left to enter IH-35 (headed south).
  • Take Exit 189 / Loop 337 and turn right at the light.
  • Travel on Loop 337 for approximately 5 miles.
  • Take the Boerne-New Braunfels-HWY 46 exit and turn right at the light. Go approximately 2 miles to the T Bar M Entrance, which will be on the left. You will see a T Bar M billboard just before the entrance.  
  • Turn left onto the entrance road and go about 1/4 mile to a parking area by the registration office. Park there or behind the two-story hotel building ahead and to the right.
  • Go to Texas Sage to check in and to pick up your room key and meeting packet (see below). This is behind the T Bar M Office; entrance is on the right side of the building, past the rocking chairs. You do not need to go into the T Bar M Office.

On-site Meeting Registration, Hotel Check-in/Check-out and Keys

When you arrive, please go to Texas Sage (Blue Triangle #1 on the T Bar M map) to get your meeting packet, room key and hotel registration card. Please sign your hotel card immediately and give it to the MD Anderson staff at the Meeting Service Desk. Please note, some hotel rooms may not be available until Thursday afternoon. If your room is not available, you will be able to store your luggage. Please ask at our service desk for instructions.

Room check-out Saturday morning must be completed no later than 11:45 a.m. After checking out, please store your bags in your car or bring to the meeting hall if you are riding the bus. You may stay at the T Bar M and enjoy the amenities all day, but you must be out of your room by 11:45 a.m.

Condo Keys MUST be returned to T Bar M Office before departure: All condo residents must return their keys to the T Bar M Office before departing or a lost key fee will be charged. Please don’t forget!

Speaker Information

Please bring your slide presentation on a flash drive to the meeting hall (Texas Sage) 15 minutes before your session starts. A session host will help you load your file.

Poster Sessions and Set-up Schedule in Chuckwagon

There will be two poster sessions: Thursday evening 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Odd Numbers) and Friday evening 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Even Numbers). Posters will be numbered in alpha order based on last name. Click here to learn your poster number. The numbered abstract list will be in your meeting packet, which you will receive upon arrival.

Important G&D Poster Change This Year

In past years, all posters could stay up for the entire retreat. Due to the large number of posters, the even and odd posters must be set up and displayed separately in the meeting hall. Please follow this schedule:

  • ODD POSTERS: Set-up starts Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Chuckwagon. Please take your poster down Thursday night after the poster session ends, or at the lastest by 7:00 a.m. Friday morning. If you don’t take it down by then, it will be removed.
  • EVEN POSTERS: Set-up starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning in Chuckwagon. Please remove your poster no later than 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. You may mount your poster on your numbered tri-fold display Thursday and it will be stored in a small conference room connected to the meeting hall until set-up Friday morning.

Poster Mounting and Display

All posters will be mounted on numbered 4' x 4' white cardboard, tri-fold stands that will be placed on tables in the poster room, in numerical order. Velcro tabs will be provided on site for everyone. Click here to see a photo.

Breakout Sessions

Two breakout sessions are scheduled: Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and Friday at 5:00 p.m. Each breakout session will feature three concurrent workshops on different topics.

Abstract Books

A limited number of abstract books will be available at the meeting registration desk and in the meeting hall. A complete list of poster abstract titles and authors will be in your meeting packet.

Platform and Poster Awards Presentation – Don’t Leave Early!

Platform and Poster awards will be presented at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning in Texas Sage. All winners must be present at the awards presentation to receive their award.

Meals

All meals will be provided starting with Thursday lunch and ending with Saturday breakfast. Houston bus riders will receive a box lunch upon departure. A small gift shop sells snack food, but the closest restaurant is a couple of miles away.

T Bar M Recreation Options

There are many different activities to enjoy during the two-hour break Friday after lunch. Basketball and volleyball games will be organized to start at 1:30 p.m. Other outdoor activities include tennis, walking trails, swimming (unheated), softball, and putting green (in front of the poster room). Indoor activities in the T Bar M Sports Center include table tennis, pool, air hockey and an Xbox Kinect room. Equipment for everything is available for check-out at the activity desk in the gym (building to left of the poster hall). Visit the T Bar M website for more information about their recreation options.

Thursday Evening Social

Immediately after the Thursday poster session, a G&D-hosted social will be held on the patio and deck in front of the poster hall –we’ll have a campfire with s’mores, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and refreshments. The social will continue in Buttercup at 10:00 p.m. with board games and refreshments (Buttercup is in the two-story hotel, opposite Texas Sage).  

Friday Evening Entertainment and Late Night Hospitality Room

A program of student-organized skits will be held Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. after the second poster session ends, in the same location as Friday’s dinner. You won’t want to miss it! Afterwards, gather with others to mingle in the Hospitality Room in Condo #217.

Retreat Questions

Please contact Elisabeth Lindheim at elindheim@mdanderson.org or Becky Brooks at bbrooks@mdanderson.org if you have any questions about the retreat.

About the Retreat

The Genes and Development Program (G&D), Department of Genetics, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will hold their annual scientific retreat jointly with the Molecular Carcinogenesis Program March 27-29, 2014 at the T Bar M Conference Center in New Braunfels, Texas. Students, postdocs, and faculty of both graduate programs, and research staff in the Department of Genetics and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology are invited to participate.

The joint retreat offers trainees an outstanding opportunity to learn about the science being done in Molecular Carcinogenesis and Genes & Development Program labs, to foster new collaborations, to develop scientific presentation skills, and to meet and get to know each other, the faculty and other researchers in a relaxed setting.

With the goal of facilitating scientific exchange and interactions among members of G&D, Molecular Carcinogenesis, the Genetics Department and the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department, the 2014 retreat will feature trainee and faculty research talks, poster sessions, keynote addresses by Julien Sage, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cancer Biology) and Genetics, Stanford University, and Victoria Richon, Ph.D., Vice President, Discovery and Preclinical Research Oncology at Sanofi Oncology, breakout sessions on career development topics, and recreation and social time. Posters will be presented by students, postdocs and research staff. All trainee posters and trainee platform talks will be judged by faculty for awards.

If you have any questions about the retreat or your registration, please contact Elisabeth Lindheim at elindheim@mdanderson.org or Becky Brooks at bbrooks@mdanderson.org.

Photos from Past G&D and Molecular Carcinogenesis Retreats


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