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Translational Research Seminar Series

The Translational Research Series highlights research from Kansas City area institutions. These seminars are intended to provide an avenue for meaningful discussions and collaborations that move foundational science discoveries into practice more quickly and efficiently for the benefit of human health. Held during the academic year, the seminars are co-organized and attended by researchers from the Stowers Institute, Children’s Mercy, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Seminars are currently offered in virtual format. For more information, contact

Past Translational Research Seminar Series Events

Dec 012022

Translational Research Seminar Series

Understanding the dynamic roles for RNA Polymerase I subunits in embryonic development and disease

4:00 pm | Kristin Watt, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher, Trainor Lab, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Virtual Teams Meeting

Dec 012022

Translational Research Seminar Series

POLR1C-related disorders: Applying new technologies, dynamic analysis and expanding the clinical spectrum

4:00 pm | Isabelle Thiffault, PhD Director of Translational Genetics – Clinical lab, Children’s Mercy Research Institute

Virtual Teams Meeting

Sep 292022

Translational Research Seminar Series

Bench to Bedside and Back Again

4:00 pm | Scott Weir, PharmaD, PhD

Development of KU-Invented Fosciclopirox for the Treatment of Solid Tumor Cancers and Hematologic Malignancies.

May 102022

Translational Research Seminar Series

Role of genetic interaction between ciliary paralogs, Thm2 and Thm1, in postnatal skeletogenesis

Erin Bumann, DDS, PhD (UMKC) & Pamela Tran, PhD (KUMC)

Mar 242022

Translational Research Seminar Series

Establishing a Pediatric Oncology Biobank to Support Cancer Research Partnerships; Evaluating centromere copy number instability in infant leukemia to identify potential prognostic biomarker

Erin Guest, MD (CMH) & Alexandra Prosser, MD (CMH & SIMR)

Jan 202022

Translational Research Seminar Series

Utilizing strain echocardiography to improve our understanding of cardiac function and mechanics in congenital heart disease; Using veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) embryos to understand mechanisms and evolution of left-right patterning

Daniel Forsha, MD (CMH) & Natasha Shylo Hyson, PhD (SIMR)

Dec 022021

Translational Research Seminar Series

SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Collaboration at Stowers; Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 antibody immunity

Laura Remy, PhD and Jay Unruh, PhD (SIMR) & Todd Bradley, PhD (CMH)

Oct 122021

Translational Research Seminar Series

Inosine RNA modifications in oocytes and reproductive aging

4:00 pm | Lane Christenson | University of Kansas Medical Center

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