This annual symposium honors Dr. Longo’s legacy in our Center and Loma Linda University. We are grateful to our guest speakers for edifying us on various aspects of their research, and we hope that this symposium will inspire attendees in pursuit of basic and translational research.


2018 Symposium Program

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Roger Hadley, MD

Dean, School of Medicine

8:35 - 8:40 a.m.


Lubo Zhang, PhD

Director, Lawrence D. Longo, MD Center for Perinatal Biology

8:40 - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: From Womb to Tomb - The Interaction of Developmental Programming and Aging Mechanisms

Peter Nathanielsz, MD, PhD, ScD, FRCOG

University of Wyoming

9:30 - 10: 15 a.m.

The Antiphospholipid Syndrome and the Threat it Poses to Maternal and Fetal Well-being

Philip W. Shaul, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Stroke: A 2400-Year Puzzle

John H. Zhang, MD, PhD, FAHA

Loma Linda University

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cortisol and the Maturing Heart: Using Systems Biology to Understand Mechanisms of Pathophysiology

Maureen Keller-Wood, PhD

University of Florida 

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 1:45 p.m.

Trophoblast Respiration in Pregnancies with Adverse Outcomes: microRNAs and Sexual Dimorphism

Leslie Myatt, PhD, FRCOG

Oregon Health and Science University

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Fatty Acid Binding Proteins and Lipids Modulatory Roles during Neuronal Injury

Marino De León, PhD

Loma Linda University

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:20 p.m.

A Key to the Gate for Parturition - Cervix Ripening and Fetal Timing of Birth

Steven M. Yellon, PhD

Loma Linda University

3:20 - 3:55 p.m.

Phenotypic Versatility and the Coming of Age of Fetal Cerebrovascular Biology

William J. Pearce, PhD

Loma Linda University

3:55 - 4 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Lubo Zhang, PhD