PROMISE Community Lecture Series

Science minded individuals in our community are invited to learn about regional science and research.

Join us at the annual It’s All About Science Festival, a celebration of regional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Visit to participate and learn more.

The PROMISE Community Lecture Series seeks to inform the public about current scientific research. This series is hosted at the Sanford Center (2301 E. 60th Street North) in Sioux Falls, SD. Invited speakers share their recent research and discuss the implications of their work on society. Student attendees are provided a signature card for documentation of their attendance. Live streaming of seminars available upon request. 

See below for upcoming lecture schedule. For more information or to RSVP, please call (605) 312-6390 or email  Complete the form below to receive updates on the lecture series and other related events by email.

Upcoming Events:

November 15

5:30 PM - Sanford Center southeast main entrance
"Tumors recruit nerves to promote disease progression" Paola Vermeer, PhD Assistant Scientist Cancer and Immunotherapies Group.

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Previous Events:

March 13, 2018
"Support for American Indian college student educational persistence"
DenYelle Kenyon, PhD/Population Health, Sanford Research

April 5, 2018
"Stem cell augmentation in ACL surgery"
Benjamin Noonan, MD/Sanford Health

February 22, 2018
"Understanding the brain circuitry underlying behavioral symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder"
Verginia Cuzon Carlson, PhD/Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center

November 30, 2017
"Investigating the master regulators of cancer"

Micheal Kareta, PhD/Genetics and Genomics Groups, Sanford Research

October 17, 2017
Double Feature - 6 PM and 7 PM

Sanford PROMISE Lecture -
"Breakthroughs in Cancer Immunotherapy"
Steven Powell, MD/Sanford Health 

Imagenetics Lecture - 
"Pharmacogenetics: Where we are and Where we are Going"
Megan Bell, ScM, LCGC/Sanford Health

April 6, 2017
Joshua Reineke, PhD/South Dakota State University
"Transdisciplinary Approach to New Treatments in Pancreatic Cancer"

March 9, 2017
Daniel Engebretson and Rich Naser
"Growing South Dakota’s Bioscience Economy Opportunities to make a global impact"

February 23, 2017
"Special Edition Community Lecture for Rare Disease Day"
Jill Weimer, PhD/Sanford Research and Gordon Gray/Producer
Title: "A family's journey to find a treatment for CLN6-Batten Disease" 

January 12, 2017
Dr. Tom Stys
"Near future technologies, treatments and therapy"

December 8, 2016
Daniel Kota, PhD and Tiffany Facile
"Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine"

November 10th, 2016
Kyle Roux, PhD/Sanford Research
“Following Protein Footprints Towards the Path of Discovery”

October 13th, 2016
Gina Forster, PhD/University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
“Alcohol and the Anxious Brain”

September 8th, 2016
Susan Puumala, PhD/Sanford Research
“Perceptions and Bias in Healthcare: Exploring Emergency Department Use and Care for American Indian Children”

March 31, 2016  
Pat Kelly, MD/Sanford Health
“Enhancing Engineering with Creativity, the correlation between engineering and healthcare”

March 10, 2016 
Adam Hoppe, PhD/SDSU 
“Seeing the molecules of life in action. How microscopes and genetics are pushing back the frontiers of bioscience” 

February 25, 2016
Chris Rogers, PhD/Exemplar Genetics & Jill Weimer, PhD/Sanford Research 
“How pigs can help us understand and treat rare human disease(s)” 

January 14, 2016
Kevin Francis, PhD/Sanford Research
"Stem Cell Research and Therapies: Promise vs Practical"

December 10, 2015
Samuel Milanovich, MD/Sanford Research
“Cancer stem cells exposed: uncovering the origins of acute leukemia”

November 12, 2015 
Daniel Doherty, MD/PhD with the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital 
Unlocking the secrets of brain development using cutting-edge genetics

October 13, 2015
Jay Labov, PhD/ National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine 
"The Changing National Landscape in STEM Education: Connecting the Dots” 

September 10, 2015 
Jake Miles, MBA/Project Manager, SAB Biotherapeutics 
“Fully Human Polyclonal Antibodies Produced from Transchromosomic Bovine” 

June 17, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Paola Vermeer and Jessie Park
"The Science Side of Cancer and the Healing Side of Art"

April 9, 2015 
Kurt Griffin, MD/PhD 

March 12, 2015 
Steven Powell, MD  
Using Genetics to Fight Cancer  

February 26, 2015 (Special Edition included with the Sanford Rare Disease Symposium) 
Jill Weimer, PhD 
Stephanie Tellinghuisen/Patient Advocate 
Brenda Barry, MS, CGC 
Title: Expanding the Boundaries of Genomic Medicine: One Family’s Journey with a Rare Neurological Disorder and Their Quest for Answers

December 11, 2014 
Jessica Hanson, PhD 
Title: Use of Motivational Interviewing to Address Risky Health Behaviors 
November 13, 2014 
Kelly Sweet, BA 
Title: The Science of the Urban Jungle
October 16, 2014 ~ Special Lecture in partnership with the Washington Pavilion 
Barbara Szczerbinska, PhD 
Julie Dahl
Title: Dark Matter 
October 9, 2014 
Michelle Baack, MD 
Title: "Diabesity and the Developmental Origin of Disease" 
September 11, 2014 
Todd Wyatt, PhD 
Title: Does my steak have a drinking problem? - A bovine model of alcohol-induced ciliary dysfunction
April 10, 2014 
Kevin Kephart, PhD
Title: Edgar S. McFadden and the Beginnings of the Green Revolution



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