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Sessions Designed for Trainees by Trainees

Continental breakfast is available at 7:00am for those registered for the sessions below

Friday, October 14 - 7:15am-8:15am
Moving Conversations ala Speed Dating Style
OCC Foyer/Trainee Lounge
Organized by Mabruka Alfaidi,  SU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport and Lisandra Vila Ellis, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Meet one-on-one with other attendees ala a speed dating format.  Great way to network and meet future colleagues. We'll provide some ice breakers for you.


Friday, October 14 - 7:15am-8:00am
Meet the Editors
Junior Ballroom 3/4
Organized by  Xiaolei Liu, Temple University and Sai Yuan, UCSF
This roundtable session will bring a great opportunity for trainees at any career stage to meet with editors from several journals of the vascular field. It provides a great interactive discussion to help you to prepare your research for publication and to know the direction and big pictures from the journals. Bring up any questions/challenges you have here!

Grab this opportunity to learn from journal editors.


Saturday, October 15 - 7:15am-8:15am
Working Together for Success
OCC 210/211
Organized by Mabruka Alfaidi,  SU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport and  Xiaolei Liu, Temple University
Groups discuss problems and challenges facing trainees and collaborate to develop solutions. Each group will present their resolutions during the last 15 minutes of the session. Great way to network!


Sunday, October 16 -  7:15am-8:15am
OCC 210/211
Public Speaking for Trainees
Organized by Mitzy Cowdin, UT Southwestern and Daniah Beleford, UCSF.
This event will allow trainees to hone their presentation skills by doing an impromptu presentation on a non-science topic. This interactive exercise will allow members of the crowd to help trainees build up skills that they may be lacking in a relaxed, supportive environment. The goal of this exercise is to allow trainees to figure out what works best when speaking to a large crowd and building up their skills in communicating to people not familiar with their field.

Sharpen your skills and gain confidence in this "no judgement zone" session.  Talk about any topic and have fun!


Sunday, October 16 - 7:15am-8:00am
Junior Ballroom 1/2
Industry as a Career Path
Organized by  Stephanie Niemczyk, University of Illinois at Chicago and Daniah Beleford, UCSF
Opportunities abound for scientists outside of academia. Industry offers positions in laboratory research, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical trials management, and more.  Join us for a breakfast panel featuring vascular biologists working in industry to discuss some of the many career options available to you and how they developed the skills to excel in their positions.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 14-16 - 7:15am-8:15am
OCC 208
Organized by Xiaolei Liu, Temple University;  Stephanie Niemczyk, University of Illinois at Chicago; Daniah Beleford, UCSF
Take a seat at the table with your favorite IVBM  speakers. During our daily Meet the PI breakfast sessions, participants will have the opportunity to pick the brains of their favorite vascular biologists. This small group format, consisting of eight attendees and two speakers per table is sure to facilitate an interactive and lively discussion to get your brain primed for the day to come!