NIPM's first annual retreat generates a buzz
On February 12, 2016, the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (NIPM) held its first annual retreat in celebration of the National Institute of Health's National DNA Day. The event was well-attended, and the crowd grew throughout the day, reaching nearly 100 attendees.
The event was introduced by Steve Hill from the Governor's Office of Economic Development. During the morning sessions, NIPM researchers presented their research focusing on the genetics of several diseases and the role of computer science in personalized medicine.
During lunch, students presented their posters. This was followed by an exciting keynote talk by Dr. Keith Stewart, director of individualized medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
The afternoon focused on advances in our understanding and future prospects for treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease. The session featured a presentation by Dr. Michael Nasiak, a NIPM clinical geneticist, on familial Alzheimer's as well as a discussion with a patient that he had diagnosed. This was followed by Dr. Martin Schiller, who detailed Schiller Labs’ new algorithm for subtyping the disease. Next came stunning results on a new therapy showing promise in clinical trials from Dr. Jeffrey Cummings of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a discussion of Dr. Jefferson Kinney's biomarkers, and Dr. Nora Caberoy’s innovative idea for treating the disease using a hybrid protein to stimulate microglia phagocytosis of amyloid plaques.
The retreat concluded with a panel discussion that generated significant audience participation.
The feedback from many participants was, "We want more!" so we will see you at next year’s event, scheduled to take place on Feb. 10, 2017.