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Summary of 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium – by Edward Wan

 

By all measures, the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium held on September 24 was a smashing success. This is certainly not by accident, but the result of the dedicated effort by our team of hard working Executive Committee and advisors. I am very proud of their spirit of commitment and last minute effort to ensure the success of the event.  We hope all participants enjoyed every aspect of this successful conference as much as we (the planners) did.

 


Overall, the 2011 Annual Symposium attracted more than 180 attendants, representing from a wide range of professionals and scholars. My opening remarks to welcome all conference participants were followed by a warm welcome remarks by TECRO Deputy Representative TaTung Chang and then the highlight of the morning – a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Wallace Loh, the President of the University of Maryland. Dr. Loh’s speech had profound meaning and truly energized the audience. He articulated that education can fundamentally influence a person’s life based on his own personal experience. He stressed the need for Americans to measure up to the increasing competitive world, citing the deterioration of American higher education.

 

The first impression of people upon entering the conference room at the National Agricultural Library was a big “wow”. It is such a beautiful setting.  We owe our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Simon Liu for arranging such a beautiful conference room for us. As Director of the National Agricultural Library, Dr. Liu gave a very impressive lunch presentation on the mission and research programs sponsored by the library.

 

 

 

This year’s symposium focused on “Risks and Emerging Health Concerns Confronting the 21st Century”. The three technical sessions were perfectly executed by Drs. Rocky Tuan, Cheng-I Wei, Juliann Kiang, and Fung-Lung Chung. We want to give special thanks to all 11 speakers who made outstanding presentations within their allotted times. The highlights of the presentations ranged from a humorous presentation by Dr. Rocky Tuan on stem cell researches, to a practical presentation on health risk of Food additive by Dr. Martin Lo, to radiation medicine presentation by Dr. Dalong Pang, to Nuclear Power plant accident at Japan’s Fukushima plant by Dr. Desmond Chan.  The following table lists the title and presenters of all technical presentations:

 

Session I   

Stem Cell Research & Application

Session Chair: Rocky S. Tuan, Ph.D. 

 

Introduction

Rocky S. Tuan, Ph.D.

I - 1 

Adult Stem Cells and Nanomaterials in Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration 

Rocky S. Tuan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery,

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

I - 2 

Thyroid Hormone Regulation of Adult Intestinal Stem Cells During Vertebrate Development

Yun-Bo Shi, Ph.D., Section Head , Molecular Morphogenesis, Laboratory of Gene Regulation

and Development, Program in Cellular Regulation and Metabolism, NICHD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

I - 3 

Bidirectional Interactions between Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Immune Responses: Good Grace and Bad Influence

Guangwen Ren, Ph.D., Research Teaching Specialist, Molecular Genetics and Immunology,

Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ

I - 4 

Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Increase Survival after Ionizing Radiation Injury Combined with Wound Trauma

Juliann G. Kiang, Ph.D., Professor, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute,

Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD

 

Session II 

Food Additives and Potential Health Risk

Session Chair:  Cheng-I Wei, Ph.D., Dean of College of Agricutural and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 

 

Introduction

Cheng-I Wei, Ph.D.

II - 1 

Multifaceted Food Safety Challenges- Post Plasticizer Era 

Y. Martin Lo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 

II - 2

FDA Evaluation of Safety for Residue of Ractopamine HCl in Food 

Kevin Greenlees, Ph.D.,  Sr. Advisor for Science and Policy, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, US FDA, Silver Spring, MD

II - 3 

Molecular Studies on Cancer Preventive Phytochemicals: An Example of Nutrigenomics Approaches. 

Thomas Wang, Ph.D.,  Lead Scientist, USDA National Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD 

Session III

Radiation Injury and Preparation Readiness / Mitigation of Nuclear Power Plant Accident 

Session Co-Chairs: Juliann G. Kiang, Ph.D.,  Professor, Uniformed Services University and Fung-Lung Chung, Ph.D., Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC  

 

Introduction 

Juliann G. Kiang, Ph.D. 

III - 1

Radiation Countermeasures Program at Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute 

Mark. H. Whitnall, Ph.D., Program Advisor, Radiation Countermeasures, Armed Forces Radiation Research Institute, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD 

III - 2

Near- and Long-Term Impacts of Fukushima Daiichi Accident on Nuclear Power Industry in the U.S. and Worldwide 

Desmond Chan, Ph. D., Chief Nuclear and Environmental Engineer, Bechtel Power Company, Frederick, MD
Dalong Pang, Ph.D., Director, Physics, Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC

III - 3

Advances in Radiation Medicine 

Dalong Pang, Ph.D., Director, Physics, Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC 

III - 4 

Modeling the Effects of Nuclear Weapons in an Urban Setting 

Kyle Millage, CHP, PE, Group Leader, Nuclear and Radiation Effects, Applied Research Associates, Inc., Arlington VA 

 

Based on the initial feedback, everyone seemed to enjoy the technical presentations as well as having the opportunity to networking with their peers.  As a result, we have fulfilled our stated mission of the CAPA Annual Symposium – to promote the academic and intellectual stimulation and interaction among Chinese American professionals. I am quite encouraged that several attendees approached me asking how to join CAPA as a result of their positive experience at the Symposium.


We believe the following factors contributed to the success of the Symposium:

 

• Keynote Speaker – The invitation of Dr. Wallace Loh proved to be an excellent idea. Ching-Sung Chin’s article about Dr. Loh’s speech in local newspapers attracted a lot more attendance from other Chinese American organizations.


• Quality Speakers – Special thanks to Juliann Kiang, Cheng-I Wei, Fung-Lung Chung, and Edward Wan in recruiting their peers as speakers. Overall, all of our speakers were very cooperative in terms of submitting their bios and abstracts and delivering their presentations.


• Early Planning – We started planning the annual symposium in March and finalized topics by May following a discussion with TECRO Representative Jason Yuan.


• Co-Sponsoring Organization Support – The decision to broaden our outreach and network with other groups and organizations paid off.  We were fortunate to line up co-sponsoring organizations, including SCBA, NTUAADC, NCKUAA, NDMC, and TSA at John Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of Maryland.  In particular, we thank TSA at JHU in providing onsite volunteers.


• Online Registration – Thanks to our Webmaster Charlie Pan for setting up the online registration form which recorded a total of 130 pre-registrations.


• Onsite Help – The security check and registration proceeded smoothly without any major hiccups. Special thanks to Ai-Ling Chen and other JHU volunteers recruited by Alex Lin in managing the registration desk. In addition, we deeply appreciate the onsite help provided by Executive Committee members: Charles Fan, Sam Luk, Ching Sung Chin and Cheng-Tyng Chen.


• Photography & Videotaping – Special thanks to Cheng Tyng Chen for taking wonderful group photos and Sam Luk for videotaping the entire session.


• Financial Support – We successfully raised $17,800 from more than 20 donors to support the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium and History Document Project. We have acknowledged all donor contributions in the Annual Symposium program book.

 

Because of the overwhelming success of the event, CAPA is continuing with renewed vigor. We look forward to your continued support and seeing you at next year’s Annual Symposium.

 

Sincerely,
Edward Wan, Ph.D.
CAPA President