Conferences & Symposia
Team Science Summit: Innovations in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research


Are you a clinician or a researcher working to understand, treat, or prevent Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive disorders associated with aging?

Tufts CTSI, together with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), is hosting a Team Science Summit: Innovations in Alzheimer’s and Healthy Aging Research on Wednesday, September 18, 8:00AM-3:30PM, at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (711 Washington Street, Boston).

This event will bring together researchers and clinicians from across Tufts University and Tufts CTSI partners to explore opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations focused on neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s, other dementias) and healthy aging research. Presentations will focus on ongoing work to interrogate mechanisms of disease evolution, build novel disease models and translational tools, and enable biomarker- driven precision medicine approaches for care and disease prevention.

We encourage clinicians and researchers with an interest in forming new collaborative research projects, including postdocs, to register and attend this full-day event consisting of panel discussions, poster presentations, and networking opportunities.


Wednesday, September 18
Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
711 Washington Street, Boston


Please register here.


  • 8:00AM: Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Welcome, Alice Rushforth, PhD, Tufts CTSI
    • The Jackson Laboratory Overview, Susie Airhart, JAX
    • Charge for the Day, Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Tufts CTSI
  • 9:00AM: Novel Mechanistic Insights into Neurodegenerative Processes
    • Disorders of the Nervous System and Neurodegeneration, Philip Haydon, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • Precision Mouse Models of Human Disease: Mechanisms Linking Translation and Axon Degeneration, Robert Burgess, PhD, JAX
    • Neurovascular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration,Tina Chabrashvili, MD, PhD, Tufts Medical Center
    • Brain Injury, Metabolism, and Alzheimer’s Disease, Chris Dulla, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • Moderated discussion
  • 10:30AM: Break
  • 10:45AM: Models and Experimental Strategies: Toward Precision Understanding
    • Multi-Omic Analysis Identifies Transcriptional Networks and Drivers Associated with Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD, JAX
    • Modeling Alzheimer’s Disease with Human iPSC-Derived Brain Tissues, Giuseppina Tesco, MD, PhD, Tufts University
    • Translational Data Science for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Gregory Carter, PhD, JAX
    • Targeting Alzheimer’s Susceptibility Factors with Peptide Aptamers, Benjamin Harrison, PhD, University of New England
    • Moderated Discussion
  • 12:15PM: Lunch, Poster Session, & Networking
  • 1:15PM: Nutrition, Healthy Aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease
    • More Than Memory Loss: Using Advanced Mouse Models to Investigate Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, Kristen O’Connell, PhD, JAX
    • Individual Nutrients and the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Paul Jacques, DSc, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
    • The Jackson Laboratory Nathan Shock Center Resources for the Aging Research Community, Ron Korstanje, PhD, JAX
    • The Role of Polyphenols in Healthy Aging, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, PhD, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
    • Context & Community in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Tom Meuser, PhD, Center for Excellence in Aging & Health (CEAH) at University of New England
    • Alzheimer’s Disease Research at a Rural Psychiatric Hospital in Maine: Strategies for Clinical Trials and Translational Research in an Unlikely Setting, Cliff Singer, MD, DFAPA, AGSF, Northern Light Health
    • Moderated Discussion 
  • 3:00PM: Wrap Up
Seminars & Workshops
Training for Experienced Mentors, Fall 2019

Tufts CTSI offers Mentor Training for individuals who mentor junior faculty in research. These interactive, two-hour sessions are funded by Tufts CTSI.

This session is for faculty members with more than five years of experience mentoring junior faculty.


Admission to the training is by application only. Please apply here by Monday, September 16.


  • Gordon Huggins, MD, Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) Center for Translational Pharmacology and Genomics, Tufts Medical Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Sawkat Anwer, DMVH, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Training for Experienced Mentors
Tuesday, September 24, 3:00-5:00PM
8th Floor, 35 Kneeland Street, Boston