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Wyss Symposium: New Directions in Synthetic Biology

Friday, Apr 30, 2010

8:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Amphitheater
Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

Registration is now closed. The complete symposium schedule is below. 

New Directions in Synthetic Biology, a symposium co-organized by Wyss core faculty members George Church, Jim Collins, Pam Silver, William Shih, and Peng Yin, will convene on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.This meeting will focus on forefront research at the leading edge of the Synthetic Biology field, with an emphasis on science-driven technology development relating to medicine, sustainability, ecology, and nanotechnology. The day will end with a panel discussion of the future scientific, commercial and ethical implications of these new advances, followed by a talk by Stewart Brand, editor of The Whole Earth Catalog. 

Symposium Speakers:

Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Discipline, Global Business Network)
George Church (Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School)
James Collins (Wyss Institute, Boston University, HHMI)
Geoffrey Duyk (TPG Biotech)
John Glass (J. Craig Venter Institute)
Donald Ingber (Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston)
James Liao (UCLA)
June Medford (Colorado State University)
Philip Reilly (Third Rock Ventures Inc.)
Ned Seeman (New York University)
William Shih (Wyss Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
Pamela Silver (Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School)
Alexander van Oudenaarden (MIT)
Ronald Weiss (MIT)
Peng Yin (Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School)

 

Schedule:

WYSS SYMPOSIUM: NEW DIRECTIONS IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
  April 30, 2010
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center - Amphitheater
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Harvard Medical School, Boston 
 

7:30                           Registration
                                  (Joseph B. Martin Conference Center - Main Foyer)

8:15                           Welcome from the Wyss Institute
                                  (Joseph B. Martin Conference Center - Amphitheater)
                                                Donald Ingber
                                                James Collins & George Church

8:30                            Therapeutic Synthetic Biology
                                  (all speakers 25 min +5 min questions)
                                                James Collins
                                                Ronald Weiss
                                                James Liao

10:00                          Coffee break/posters

10:30                          Designing Sustainability
                                                Pamela Silver
                                                John Glass
                                                Geoffrey Duyk

12:00                          Lunch/posters                                       

1:00PM                      Synthetic Ecology
                                                George Church
                                                June Medford
                                                Alexander van Oudenaarden

2:30PM                     Coffee break/posters

3:00PM                     Synthetic Nanotechnology
                                                William Shih
                                                Peng Yin
                                                Ned Seeman

4:30PM                      Looking Forward: Ethical Implications
                                                George Church, James Collins, Philip Reilly, William Shih, and Pamela Silver

5:10PM                      Looking into the Future
                                                Stewart Brand

5:40PM                     Ingber Close/Synthesis 5 min                                                                           

5:45PM                     Poster Reception
                                  (Cocktails and hors’ doeuvres served)

6:30PM                      Adjourn

 


 

Driving Directions:

From South of Boston: Take I-93 North to exit 26 (Cambridge/Storrow Drive). Keep left at the end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive approximately 2.5 miles to Kenmore Square exit (on left). Bear right at end of exit ramp into Kenmore Square. Take leftmost fork at intersection onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline Avenue approximately 1 mile (Beth Israel Hospital will be on the left) until Longwood Avenue. Take left on to Longwood Avenue and follow approximately 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

From West of Boston: Take I-90 East (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 18 (Cambridge/Allston). Bear right after toll booth at end of exit ramp. Turn right after lights (before the bridge) onto Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive (about one mile) to Kenmore Square exit. Bear right at end of exit ramp into Kenmore Square. Take leftmost fork at intersection onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline Avenue approximately 1 mile (Beth Israel Hospital will be on the left) until Longwood Avenue. Take left on Longwood Avenue and follow approximately ¼ mile. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

From North of Boston: Take I-93 South to exit 26 (Storrow Drive/North Station). Keep left at end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive approximately 2.5 miles to Kenmore Square exit (on left). Bear right at end of exit ramp into Kenmore Square. Take leftmost fork at intersection onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline Avenue approximately 1 mile (Beth Israel Hospital will be on the left) until Longwood Avenue. Take left on Longwood Avenue and follow approximately ¼ mile. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

From Logan Airport: Take Rte. 1A South through Sumner Tunnel after leaving Logan Airport. Watch for detour signs that periodically direct traffic north before allowing access to Rte. 1A South. After tunnel, turn right onto I-93 N. Follow I-93 N about 1/4 mile to exit 26 (Cambridge/Storrow Drive). Keep left at end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive approximately 2.5 miles to Kenmore Square exit (on left). Bear right at end of exit ramp into Kenmore Square. Take leftmost fork at intersection onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline Avenue approximately 2 miles (Beth Israel Hospital will be on left) until Longwood Avenue. Take left on Longwood Avenue and follow approximately ¼ mile. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

Parking:
For your convenience, we have included details on the public parking garages within walking distance to the facility. These rates are subject to change. (Updated 2/25/10)

Standard Parking
(Located at Harvard COOP, 2 blocks)
333 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
3hrs. - $13
4-5hrs. - $25
5-6hrs.+ - $32
Daily Maximum - $35
Pilgrim Parking, Inc.
Longwood Galleria Parking Garage
(3 blocks)
350 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
3hrs. - $16
4hrs. - $20
5hrs. - $24
6hrs. + - $29
Trilogy
180 Brookline Avenue
(10 min. walk, 7 blocks)
Boston, MA 02115
Early Bird Special
(In by 9am out by 7pm) - $12
Hourly Rate - $5 per hour
Daily Maximum - $20
Children’s Hospital Parking
Occasionally Available to External Parkers Depending on Daily Volume
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
3hrs. - $15
4hrs. - $18
5hrs. - $20
Over 5hrs - $25-$35


Public transit (MBTA) Directions:

For the most up to date information on the MBTA, visit their website at www.mbta.com.

D Line Subway: Take train to Longwood Station. From station, turn left on to Chapel Street and walk up short hill to Longwood Avenue. Turn left on to Longwood Avenue. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

E Line Subway: Take train to Longwood Medical Area Station. From stop, proceed down Longwood Avenue toward the hospitals. (It is about a 10 minute walk from the Longwood Medical Area Station.) Turn right onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

47 Bus: Central Square to Cambridge/Albany St. Via South End Medical Area, Dudley Station & Longwood Medical Area Exit bus in front of Children’s Hospital. Proceed down Longwood Avenue toward Huntington Avenue. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

CT2 Bus: Kendall Square Station to Ruggles Station Via Longwood Medical Area. Exit bus in front of Children’s Hospital. Proceed down Longwood Avenue toward Huntington Avenue. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

8A Bus: Dudley Station to Kenmore Station Via Longwood Medical Area. Exit bus in front of Children’s Hospital. Proceed down Longwood Avenue toward Huntington Avenue. Turn left onto Avenue Louis Pasteur. Glass building on left.

Local Hotels:

Boston:
Best Western Inn at Longwood 342 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115 Tel. 617-731-4700, from $199.95
Colonnade Hotel 120 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116 Tel. 617-424-7000, from $329
Courtyard by Marriott 40 Webster Street Brookline, MA 02446, Tel. 1-866-296-2296, from $219
Harvard Club 374 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 Tel. 617-536-1260, from $199
Hotel Commonwealth 500 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA Tel. 617-933-5000, from $355
For bed and breakfasts: www.bnbboston.com or www.bedandbreakfast.com, click on Boston

Cambridge:
Charles Hotel 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel. 800-882-1818, from $359
Cambridge Marriott 2 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA 02142, Tel. 1-617-494-6600, from $279
The Harvard Faculty Club 20 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138,  Tel. 617-495-5758
Harvard Square Hotel 110 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel. 800-458-5886, from $199
The Inn at Harvard 1201 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel. 800-458-5886, from $239
Sheraton Commander Hotel 16 Garden St. Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel. 617-547-4800, from $199

Contact:

For more information call 617-432-7895 or email info@wyss.harvard.edu.

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