BioResearch Forum


NOTE: BioResearch Forum presentations have been suspended during renovation of the auditoriums. The Forum is expected to resume some time in 2017. Stay tuned!

 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 quarter 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 Paraic A. Kenny, PhD, at Gundersen Medical Foundation's Department of Medical Research, pakenny@gundersenhealth.org

2016 Recorded Presentations

  • May 5
    Regulation of Macrophage Function by STATS During Mammary Gland Development and Tumor Formation
    Kaylee Schwertfeger, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Masonic Cancer Center, Center for Immunology
    Watch presentation

  • April 7
    Optimizing Cancer Therapy by Matching the Drug to the Tumor Genome
    Mark E. Burkard, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
    Watch presentation

    2015 Recorded Presentations

    • November 19
      Targeting Ras-driven Tumors
      Robert E. Lewis, PhD
      Professor, Eppley Institute, Fred & Pamela Buffet Cancer Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
      Watch presentation

    • October 14
      Nanoparticles for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
      Y. Andrew Wang, PhD
      President, Ocean NanoTech, LLC, San Diego, California
      Watch presentation

    • September 17
      Chemically Self-Assembled Nanorings (CSANS): From Drug Delivery to Targeted Cell Therapy
      Carston R. Wagner, PhD
      Professor and Endowed Chair, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota
      Watch presentation

    • August 25
      Teaching Old Targets New Tricks: Unorthodox Modulation of Membrane Proteins
      Christopher Dockendorff, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
      Watch presentation

    • 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
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      • 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
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      • 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
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      • 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
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      • 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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