BioResearch Forum

The La Crosse BioResearch Forum was established in 2010 to provide the opportunity for regional and national research faculty to share their work and foster collaboration.

The forum is open to all health professionals, students, and interested members of the public.

Presentations are in lecture format and are approximately 35 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions.

The forum is held once each month on either Monday or Thursday between 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. in Gundersen's Overholt Auditorium, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. A hot buffet lunch is provided!

Faculty from a broad range of academic institutions are represented at the forum.
If you would like to attend either as a featured speaker or as a member of the audience, additional information is available by contacting James Burmester, PhD, at Gundersen Medical Foundation's Department of Medical Research, jkburmes@gundersenhealth.org

2015 Recorded Presentations

  • July 16
    Targeted Delivery of Tumor Antigens to Dendritic Cells Using Nanocarriers
    Medha Joshi, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Midwestern University, Downer's Grove, Illinois
    Watch presentation

  • June 15
    Targeted Approaches To Treatment Of Human T Cell Leukemia Virus Associated Malignancy
    Lee Ratner, MD, PhD
    Alan A & Edith L Wolff Professor Of Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
    Watch presentation

  • April 20
    Goldilocks and the Gammaherpesviruses: Viral Interactions with p53 Must Be Just Right
    J. Craig Forrest, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
    Watch presentation

  • February 16
    Signaling Pathway Activations in Breast Cancer Stem-Like Cells
    Sierra A. Colavito, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    Watch presentation

  • January 15
    Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis: Animal Modelling of Gene-Environment Interactions
    Colleen E. Hayes, PhD
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Watch presentation

  • 2014 Recorded Presentations

    • January 16
      The Effect of TBX2 Over-Expression on Breast Cancer Development
      Matthew Rowley, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona
      Watch presentation

    • March 20
      Of Mice and Men: Virus-Host Interactions Critical for Chronic Gammaherpesvirus Infection
      Laurie Krug, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
      Watch presentation

    • June 16
      Noninvasive Image-Guided Surgery Using Focused Ultrasound for the Treatment of Cancer
      Emad S. Ebbini, PhD
      Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
      Watch presentation

    • July 17
      Making the Case for Plasma Membrane Ca2+ ATPases as Targets for Therapeutic Agent Development
      Emanuel E. Strehler, PhD
      Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
      Watch presentation

    • August 18
      Design of New Anxiolytic Agents to Treat Neuropathic Pain and Other CNS Disorders
      James M. Cook, PhD
      University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
      Watch presentation

    • September 18
      New Insights into Kidney Development Using the Zebrafish
      Rebecca A. Wingert, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Gallagher Family Professorship in Adult Stem Cell Research, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
      Watch presentation

    • October 20
      From Burrow to Bedside: How Studying Hemostasis in Hybernating Ground Squirrels Translates to Medicine
      Scott T. Cooper, PhD
      Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
      Watch presentation

    • November 20
      Avian Influenza Virus Population Dynamics During Infection and Transmission
      Peter Wilker, PhD, MPH
      Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
      Watch presentation

    2013 Recorded Presentations

    • January 17
      The Progress of Personalized Medicine
      Michael D. Caldwell, MD, PhD, FACS
      Director, Wound Health Program, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • February 18
      HIV, HTLV and Injection Drug Use: Bad News, Good News
      Mark A. Beilke, MD
      Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Medical College of Wisconsin and VA Medical Center, Milwaukee
      Watch presentation

    • March 21
      A Novel Assay to Predict Oral Cancer Risk and Treatment Efficacy
      Lurdes Queimado, MD, PhD
      Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair in Otorhinolaryngolgy, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
      Watch presentation

    • April 15
      Cancer Chemoprevention
      Howard Bailey, MD
      Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Watch presentation

    • May 16
      Can We Win the War Against Cancer by Prevention?
      Zigang Dong, MD, PhD
      Professor and Executive Director, the Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Austin
      Watch presentation

    • June 17
      Targeting Small GTPases in the Ras and Rho Families to Suppress Malignancy
      Carol L. Williams, PhD
      Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
      Watch presentation

    • July 18
      Characterization of T-Cell Activation Before and After Successful Treatment of Early Lyme Disease
      Steven M. Callister, PhD
      Director, Microbiology Research Laboratory, Gundersen Medical Foundation, La Crosse, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • August 19
      Updates on Hairy Cell Leukemia
      Michael R. Grever, MD
      Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
      Watch presentation

    • September 19
      Developmental Ethanol Exposure Implications for Multiple Generations: Brain, Behavior and the Epigenome
      R. Charles (Charlie) Lawrence, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • October 21
      Practice-based Research: How Patients and Providers Drive Discoveries to Health Impact
      Paul V. Targonski, MD, PhD
      Associate Professor and Director, Mayo Clinic Health System Practice-based Research Network, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
      Watch presentation

    • November 21
      Lipocalin 2: A Moonlighter in the Inflammatory Response?
      Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, PhD
      Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysic,s and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, Ames
      Watch presentation

    • December 16
      Determining the Clinical Significance of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance
      Ronald S. Go, MD
      Section of Hematology and Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
      Watch presentation

    2012 Recorded Presentations

    • January 19
      Improving Warfarin Dosing through Genetic Testing
      James K Burmester, PhD
      The Center for Human Genetics, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • February 13
      Targets and Shields: Improving Cancer Chemotherapy in the Post Genomic Era
      James P. Thomas, MD, PhD
      Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
      Watch presentation

    • March 15
      Controlling Tumor Cell Metastasis with Chemokines
      Michael B. Dwinell, PhD
      Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
      Watch presentation

    • April 16
      Experimental Therapeutics for Advanced Melanoma: Is a Cure possible?
      Svetomir Markovic, MD, PhD
      Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
      Watch presentation

    • May 17
      Targeting Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β in Neuroendocrine Cancers
      Muthusamy Kunnimalaiyaan, PhD
      Department of Surgery, Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research, Madison
      Watch presentation

    • June 18
      Signaling Networks that Regulate T Cell Activation and Integrin Function
      Yoji Shimizu, PhD
      Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
      Watch presentation

    • August 1
      Issues in Rural General Surgery
      Thomas H. Cogbill, MD
      Department of General Surgery, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • September 20
      From Roundworms to Man: The Role of NUD-1 in Development and Disease
      Jennifer A. Miskowski, PhD
      Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
      Watch presentation

    • October 15
      Proteins Involved in Global Translational Repression in Response to Physiological Stress also Play a Role in Cell Cycle Regulation
      Scott P. Segal, PhD
      Department of Biology, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota
      Watch presentation

    • November 15
      Scatterer Size Imaging via Medical Ultrasound
      Anthony L. Gerig, PhD 
      Department of Chemistry and Physics, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • December 17
      Psychedelics Revisited: Structures, Activities, and New Clinical Applications
      Aaron Monte, PhD 
      Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
      Watch presentation
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