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. You can see the program for the Third Annual Longo Symposium here.


2020 Symposium Program

Time Event

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tamara Thomas, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.


Lubo Zhang, PhD, Director,

Lawrence D. Longo, MD Center for Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. 

Keynote Address

Pathophysiology of Placental Ischemia-Induced Hypertension: Identifying Therapeutic Targets for Preeclampsia.

Joey P. Granger, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

New Insights into Placental Function in Maternal-Fetal Defense

Yoel Sadovsky, MD, University of Pittsburgh

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Progress in Understanding the Genetics of Oral Clefts

Robin Clark, MD, Loma Linda University

11:30am – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Maternal Brain Complications during Preeclampsia.

Marilyn J. Cipolla, PhD, University of Vermont

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Cellular Senescence and Preeclampsia

Vesna D. Garovic, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 3:30 p.m. 

Discovery of a Novel Sympathomimetic Receptor System in Uterine Artery Endothelium: Implications for Pregnancy Adaptations and Preeclampsia.

Ronald R. Magness, PhD, University of South Florida

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Fetal-Maternal Signaling in the Timing of Birth

Carole R. Mendelson, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

William J. Pearce, PhD, Associate Director,

Lawrence D. Longo, MD Center for Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University