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.


2019 Symposium Program


8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

H. Roger Hadley, MD, Dean, School of Medicine

8:35 – 8:40 a.m.


Lubo Zhang, PhD, Director, Center for Perinatal Biology

8:40 – 9:30 a.m. 

Keynote Address

Strategies for Finding the Early Origins of Cardiovascular Disease

Kent L. Thornburg, PhD, Oregon Health and Science University

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.


The Mysteries of Gamma Aminobutyric Acid in Endothelial Cells: Potential Physiological Implications

Gautam Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Effective Clinician-Basic Scientist Interactions for Productive Perinatal Research

Panelists - Kent L. Thornburg, PhD, Philippa Saunders, PhD, and Phillip W. Shaul, MD

LLUSM faculty - Stephen Ashwal, MD, Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, PhD, Ciprian P. Gheorghe, MD, and Richard Lion, DO

11:30am – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m.


Novel Roles of mTOR Signaling in Regulating Fetal Growth

Thomas Jansson, MD, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.


What Can the Endometrium Teach Us About Wound Healing?

Philippa Saunders, PhD, University of Edinburgh

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 3:30 p.m. 


The Antiphospholipid Syndrome and the Threat it Poses to 

Maternal and Fetal Well-being

Philip W. Shaul, MD, University of Texas Southwestern

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.


Early Programming of Placental and Fetal Growth and Development

Lawrence P. Reynolds, PhD, North Dakota State University

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Gordon G. Power, MD, Loma Linda University