By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer
The 19th Annual Spring Research Festival (SRF), sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR), will be held May 4–7, at the same location as last year: just off Porter Street, in the back parking lot of Building 1507 (Odom Fitness Center).
Registration for SRF exhibitors, speakers, and poster presenters is open until April 17. The SRF Committee encourages all interested parties to register and participate as poster presenters, judges, or speakers at this year’s event. Nonscientists are also eligible to submit a poster or be a judge.
The festival kicks off on May 4 with the NICBR Scientific Symposium, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Building 549 Auditorium. The keynote speaker, James Crowe Jr., M.D., director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, will discuss the “Genetic and Structural Basis for Antibody-Mediated Neutralization of Viruses.” The symposium is open to all postdoctoral fellows, postbaccalaureates, technical staff, and graduate students working for NICBR partner agencies.
On May 5, the festival continues with the NICBR Research Collaboration Forum, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Building 549 Auditorium, with a special afternoon mini-symposium on Ebola. The forum invites speakers who have worked on a collaborative project between two or more NICBR partners at Fort Detrick.
The main poster sessions begin May 6, after a Poster Blitz from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Building 549 Auditorium. Posters describing scientific research from NICBR partner agencies will be on display May 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in tents behind Building 1507 (Odom Fitness Center), just off Porter Street.