Upcoming Events

Social Genomics – Gene Expression Workshop

Date: September 12-13, 2022
Location: UCLA Luskin Conference Center
Instructor: Steve Cole, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences,
Director of the Social Genomics Laboratory
The University of California, Los Angeles
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology

This workshop will help social and behavioral scientists incorporate RNA profiling and transcriptomic analyses into studies of social and psychological determinants of health. The conceptual focus is on environmental regulation of gene expression.  Topics include general conceptual approaches, research design and strategy, pragmatics of tissue sampling and sample processing, transcriptome profiling assays, low-level analysis of differential gene expression, and bioinformatic analyses of cellular and transcription factor mechanisms. The workshop will include a day-long interactive clinic in which attendees begin implementing these approaches in their own research programs.


Ongoing Events

The Multidisciplinary Colloquium in Aging is a series of lectures presented by nationally and internationally recognized scholars in the field of aging. There are generally 5-6 lectures per semester given in this series.

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Past CBPH Events


Past Biomarker Network Events

Remote Biomarker Collection in the COVID-19 Era: Strategies for respondent self-collection

Oct 27, 2020 | 11am-12pm PDT via Zoom


  • Introduction & Background
  • Overview of remote blood collection strategies
    • Presenter: Steve Cole
    • Dried blood spots (mailable self-draw kits; HemaSpot HF/SE/HD)
    • Microfluidic samplers (Tasso OnDemand, TAP 2nd Gen)
    • Logistics & infrastructure (mailing/transport, self-collection instructions/videos, participant support, regulatory issues, logistics services)
  • Suggestions for Self-Collection of Dried Blood Spots
    • Presenters: Heather McCreath & Jessica Crocker
  • Optimizing self-collected blood samples
    • Presenter: Steve Cole
    • Sample collection protocols, with tips & tricks for both DBS & microfluidics
    • Customized instruction videos, Zoom “call centers”/”office hours”
  • Analytic performance: what works, and what doesn’t
    • Presenter: Steve Cole
    • Correspondence of DBS / microfluidic samples to venipuncture “gold standard”
    • Issues to manage (sample volume, humidity, temperature)
    • Interpretive caveats (SNR/power adjustment, LLD, fragile/untrustworthy analytes, venous vs capillary blood)
    • Experienced assay labs (volume, system-level QC)
  • Temperature control
    • Presenter: Jessica Faul
    • Cold-chain maintenance (Health & Retirement Study salivary antibody example)
    • Logistics services (e.g., UPS Healthcare)
  • Q&A 
  • Adjourn

Virtual NIA-Sponsored Biomarker Network Sessions

June 16, 19 & 22, 2020

Virtual Biomarker Network Meeting | Day One Recording

June 16, 2020 via Zoom


Virtual Biomarker Network Meeting | Day Two Recording

June 19, 2020 via Zoom


Virtual Biomarker Network Meeting | Day Three

June 22, 2020 via Zoom