The Burke Medical Research Institute enjoyed its annual retreat on September 12-13 at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut, backed by a picturesque lake and rolling hills. “The retreat is a great time for everyone at the Institute to get to know each other on a personal as well as scientific level, and really promotes camaraderie between the labs,” said Dr. Eric L. Shipp, BMRI’s Scientific and Financial Officer.
Dr. Chris Henderson, Co-Director of the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia University gave the keynote address, focusing on the development of therapeutics for ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders. Nine Postdoctoral Fellows gave presentations on their research and were evaluated by their peers for the chance to the win an iPad. Dr. Thong Ma, of Dr. Diana Willis’s lab, took home the prize for his presentation on the effects of taxol on nerve regeneration. A culinary challenge also stoked some friendly competition, with Team 6 declared the winner for a lobster fettuccini, and non-competitive karaoke revealed widespread singing talents.
Next year’s retreat will take place on September 4-5, 2014 at Interlaken Inn.