BIOMATEC-US 7th Annual Meeting 2008

By admin • March 20th, 2009

Video Projection for the 2008 dinner event with Dr Zerhouni, NIH Director as Guest of Honor (see program for details)

Invited Guest Speaker: George Y. Wu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center.
Invited Guest Speaker: Pam Weathers, Ph.D., Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Invited Guest Speaker: Nadia Amrani, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts.
Meeting Description

This meeting will bring together the Moroccan Scientific Community of North-America. We are expecting 80-100 participants mainly from the States and Canada. The primary goal of the meeting is to create a framework to strengthen the network of Moroccan Scientists by increasing contacts and collaborations. In addition, a well tailored scientific program will expose the latest advancements in the fields of biomedicine, plant diseases, and novel technologies. This meeting will focus on Infectious and Cancer Diseases, as well as a session on pharmaceutical industry. A debate will be animated on the “Voluntary Work”. Finaly, a new Board of Directors will be elected for the next term (June-2008 to May-2010).
The meeting will take place in the Conference Room at the WPI-MBI, located at Gateway Park, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605.
Registration Fees: (donations higher than the fees indicated below are welcome)
Meeting fee alone
Meeting fee + Biomatec Membership
$ 20
$ 30
Faculty, Scientists
$ 50
$ 80
Postdocs, and others
$ 35
$ 60

Deadline for registration, abstract submission, and hotel reservation with negotiated rate:
May 2nd 2008
Meeting Organizers:
Mustapha Abdelouahed Ph.D., Chair, WesaGen Inc., MA.
Nadia Amrani Ph.D., Co-Chair, University of Massachusetts, MA.
Mounir Izalallen Ph.D., Co-Chair, University of Massachusetts, MA.
Mohamed Arredouani Ph.D., Co-Chair, Harvard Medical School, MA
Kamal Elbissati Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
Abdelmajid Kassem Ph.D., Fayetteville State University, NC
Hassan Badrane Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, PA
Meeting Sponsorship:
We are gratefull to the following sponsors:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)
WesaGen Inc
BIOMATEC-US also appreciate the help of
Crowne Plaza Worcester for providing a quality accomodation for participants. Crowne Plaza Worcester will be the exclusive Hotel accomodation for participants.


Preliminary Program Format
FRIDAY, May 23rd:
5:00-7:30 pm Registration, Reception (Conference Room) and touring the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives facilities, which host dozens start up biotech companies, lab facilities and Bioengineering labs

SATURDAY, May 24th:
08:00-09:00 am  |  Registration and Light Breakfast
09:00-09:15 am  |  Welcome and Introduction (Meeting Chair, Biomatec-US & BioACM Presidents)

9:15-11:00 am  |  Session I: Infectious Diseases
Chairperson: Dr. Hassan Badrane, University of Pittsburgh, PA
– Dr. P. Weathers, Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Dr. K. El-Bissati, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Dr. G. Wu, Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center
11:00–11:30 am   |   Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 pm   |   Session II: Genetic & Cancer Diseases
Chairperson: Dr. Mustapha Kandouz, McGill University, QC

– Dr. Nadia Amrani, Assistant Professor, University of Massachussets
- Dr. Abderahman El Maarouf, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Dr. Taha Merghoub, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
12:30- 2:00 pm   |   Lunch Break

2:00- 3:00 pm   |   Session III: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chairperson: Dr. Abdellah Nihran,

– Dr. Youssef Bennani, V.P. Drug Innovation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, MA (to be confirmed)
- Dr. Mohammed Taimi, Principal Scientist, Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., MA
- Dr. Hicham Alaoui, Director of Biology, Stryker Biotech, MA
- General Discussion, questions/answers
3:00- 3:30 pm   |   Coffee Break

3:30- 5:00 pm   |   Session IV: Maghreb Bridging
Chairperson: Dr Mohammed Bourdi, NIH, MD

2008 dinner event with Dr Zerhouni, NIH Director as Guest of Honor: More than 30 scientists in biomedical filed from Washington DC area, from the Maghreb gathered with Dr. Elias Zerhouni. The dinner was graciously hosted by the Moroccan Ambassador to the US, Mr. Aziz Mekouar. A symbolic Award was presented to Dr. Zerhouni, to acknowledge his efforts in promoting scientific research in the Maghreb region. A video of the event will be projected followed by a discussion about cooperation of scientists from the Maghreb .
5:00- 6:00 pm   |   BIOMATEC Business
– Annual Reports
- Election of a new Board of Directors

6:00-  10:00 pm   |   Dinner (location to be announced)


BIOMATEC-US / BioACM 7th Annual Meeting – Participants
The number of participants, who so far completed their registration, is:  33
This is a temporary list of these participants:





Hassan Fahmi
Ass. Professor
University of Montreal
Mouna Lagraoui
Research Scientist
Prometic Biosciences
Mustapha Kandouz
Project director
McGill University
Dr. Khalid Sendide
Assistant Professor
Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane
Fouad Barada
Associate Professor
Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane
Abdelmajid Kassem
Associate Professor
Fayetteville State University
United States
Abderrahman El Maarouf
Senior Scientist
Sloan-Kettering Institute, NY
United States
Allal Boutajangout
Research Assistant Professor
NYU Medical Center
United States
Amina Soukrati
Research Fellow
Northeastern University
United States
Fatiha Bouricha
Inform. Sys. & Database Manager
Boston Living Center
United States
George Y. Wu
Professor and Chairman
University of Connecticut Medical School
United States
Hassan Badrane
Research Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
United States
Hassan Brim
Howard University, Washington, DC
United States
Hicham Alaoui
Director of Biology
Stryker Biotech, MA
United States
Hicham Drissi
Associate Professor
University of Connecticut Health Center
United States
Kamal El Bissati
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
United States
Khadija Iken
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
United States
Larbi Zouak
Zouaks Dental Health Associates LLC
United States
Lhoucine Seffiani
Medical Technologist II
Massachusetts General Hospital / Partners
United States
Melissa Caimano
Assistant Professor
University of Connecticut Medical School
United States
Mohamed Belkziz
Systems Engineer
Partners HealthCare System Inc.
United States
Mohamed Trebak
Assistant Professor
Albany Medical College
United States
Mohammed Bourdi
Staff Scientist
National Institutes of Health
United States
Mohammed Taimi
Principal Scientist
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., MA
United States
Mounir Izallalen
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
United States
Mustapha Abdelouahed
Wesagen Inc., MA
United States
Nadia Amrani
Research Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Medical Scho
United States
Pamela Weathers
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
United States
Simo Arredouani
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
United States
Taha Merghoub
Assistant Lab member
United States
Tahar El-korchi
Professor & Head
United States
Youssef Bannani
Vice President
Drug Innovation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, MA
United States
Zahra Mamdouh
Research Assistant Professor
Northwestern University
United States

Hotel Accommodation :
The Organizing Committee is pleased to offer to participants an accomodation at a negotiated rate. Crowne Plaza Worcester will be the hotel accomodating participants for the meeting. The Hotel is centrally located in downtown Worcester and is within walking distance (0.3 miles) from the conference room. Participants will have double or king rooms avaiable at $106 (+taxes) per night per room. Participants should call the hotel directly (phone: 1-508-791-1600) to reserve their room, you should mention “Biomatec Conference” to get the negotiated rate. This rate will be honored until May 2, 3:30 p.m. However, please be advised space is limited, and the hotel reserves the right to deny this rate if Hotel is overbooked. If you plan to share the room and looking for roomate, please mention that in your Online regitration. The organizers will also arrange free pick-up of participants from Airport, please let us know if you need such a service.

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