Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM CT



3:00 PM

Plaza Foyer

Registration Desk Opens


5:00 PM - 5:55 PM

Plaza Ballroom

Welcome Reception/Networking
Cocktails/Buffet Dinner

5:55 PM - 6:00 PM

Transfer to Main Session Room

6:00 PM - 6:10 PM

Plaza Ballroom



6:05 PM - 6:10 PM

Opening Remarks
Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD and Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH
2020 Colloquium Planning Committee Co-Chairs


Guest Speaker: Steven Jonas, MD, PhD

6:10 PM - 7:00 PM

Plenary Session 1: “Career Development: Funding Trends and Opportunities”
Moderator: Ragni

“What Grants Does it Take to Keep the Academic Ball Rolling? (Getting Involved as an Early Stage Investigator)”

Andrei Kindzelski, MD

Medical Officer, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

7:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Break - 15 minutes

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Plaza Ballroom

Ask the Experts Session: “A Foot in the Door: Insights from Recruiters”
Moderator: Bergmeier


Basic Science Perspective
James Morrissey, PhD
Professor, University of Michigan

Clinical Science Perspective
Janis Abkowitz, MD
Professor and Hematology Division Head, University of Washington

Translational Science Perspective
Jorge Di Paola, MD
Director, Basic and Translational Research in Pediatric Hemostasis and Thrombosis, University of Colorado, Denver

Industry Perspective
Robert Peters, PhD 
SVP Research, Bioverativ

8:00 PM - 8:05 PM



8:05 PM - 8:10 PM

Closing Remarks - Day One


Guest Speaker: Katherine High, MD, PhD

8:05 PM - 9:00 PM

Plaza Ballroom

Networking Reception
Cash Bar/Desserts

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM CT

7:45 AM - 8:50 AM

Big Bar



8:50 AM - 8:55 AM Transfer to Session Room

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

Plaza Ballroom

Opening Remarks - Day Two
Introduction of Session 1 Moderator - Bergmeier

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Plaza Ballroom



Career Development Session 1: "Overcoming Obstacles: Moving Your Career Forward"

Moderator: Rodney Camire, PhD
2020 Colloquium Planning Committee
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Industry Perspective

Marcus Carr, MD
Head of Clinical Development, Spark Therapeutics, Inc.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Clinical Science Perspective
Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Clinical & Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Basic/Translational Science
Veronica H. Flood, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break/Networking - 15 minutes
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Career Development Session 2A: Discussion Tables
Designated tables to discuss career development issues, challenges, and approaches

Moderator: Camire

 Basic Science Tables

Group Leaders:

  • Flood
  • Morrissey

 Clinical Science Tables

Group Leaders:

  • Ragni
  • Abkowitz

 Translational Science Tables

Group Leaders:

  • Alisa Wolberg, PhD
  • Gowthamy Arepally, MD

 Population Science Tables

Group Leaders:

  • Mary Cushman, MD, MSc
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM Career Development Session 2B: Discussion Table Debriefing – Summaries Presented
By All Groups (2 minutes each)

Moderator: Camire
11:55 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction of Breakout Sessions


Joshua Muia, PhD
2020 Colloquium Planning Committee

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM Transfer to Lunch

12:05 PM - 1:25 PM

Big Bar



12:15 PM - 1:25 PM

Big Bar

Meet-with-a-Mentor Appointments

Pre-scheduled appointments for Travel Award Recipients with Colloquium faculty

1:25 PM - 1:30 PM Transfer to Breakout Rooms
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Breakout Session - A
“Practical Tools Everyone Needs to Advance Their Career”
Roosevelt 1A “Speak Up: Giving Effective Presentations”

Discussion Leader:
Alisa Wolberg, PhD
Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Roosevelt 1B “Managing the K-to-R Transition/ What to Do if You Don’t Get a K-Award?”

Discussion Leader:
Nigel Key, MB ChB FRCP
Chief of Hematology/Oncology, UNC
Roosevelt 3A “From Good Idea to Submitted Grant”

Discussion Leader:
Gowthamy Arepally, MD
Associate Professor, Duke University
Roosevelt 3B “Begin Again: Jump Start Your Research Career After a Break”

Discussion Leader:
Menaka Pai, BSc MSc MD FRCPC
Associate Professor, McMaster University
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Session - B

“Practical Tools Everyone Needs to Advance Their Career”

(Breakout Session A topics repeat; participants select a different 30-minute session to

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break - 15 minutes
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Breakout Session Debriefing

5-7 minute summary of key lessons from each of the four Breakout Session topics

Moderator: Ming Lim, MD
2020 Colloquium Planning Committee

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break and Transfer to Session Room

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Plaza Ballroom

Plenary Session 2: “Critical Steps for a Successful Career in Academic Medicine”
Introduction: Mary Cushman, MD, MSc
2020 Colloquium Planning Committee

Valentin Fuster, MD
Chief of Cardiology, Mt. Sinai and Editor, Journal of the American College of Cardiology

4:15 PM - 4:20 PM

Closing Remarks - Invitation to Networking Reception

Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD and Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH
2020 Colloquium Planning Committee Co-Chairs

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

Plaza Ballroom Foyer

Networking Reception

Cash Bar/Heavy Appetizers

Colloquium Adjourns at 5:00 PM