Idaho INBRE : IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference

Welcome faculty, staff, and students!

Thank you to all those who attended the Conference!

Conference Dates: Monday evening, October 12 - Wednesday, October 14
Conference Location: The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Conference Presentations:
Dr. Krishan Arora: IDeA Program Update
Dr. Carolyn Bohach: NAIPI
Dr. Larry Forney: Research Ethics
Dr. Judith Greenberg: Update: NIH and NIGMS
Dr. Ami Wangeline: Undergraduate Scientists
Poster Competition Winners
Undergraduate Research:
First Place: Jose Araujo, University of Idaho, Idaho INBRE and CMCI: Viral Infection by Invertebrate Iridescent Virus 6 in Drosophila melanogaster
Second Place: Kevin Field, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho INBRE: The Effects of Surotomycin on the Growth and Production of Virulence Factors Associated with Clostridium difficile Infection
Third Place: Colbi Kipp, Misty LaPlant, Joseph LaPlant, Blackfeet Community College, Montana, Montana INBRE: The link between serum cortisol levels and stress in an American Indian Community
Undergraduate Industry Intern:
First Place: Susan ‘Mindy’ Reynolds, College of Southern Idaho, Idaho INBRE: The Watershed Approach to Water Quality
Second Place: Emily Nightingale, North Idaho College, Idaho INBRE: Effects of Floating Treatment Wetlands on Dissolved Oxygen and Phosphorus Concentration
Third Place: Sara Trautwein, North Idaho College, Idaho INBRE: Process and Pathology of Periodontal Disease in People and Pets
Graduate Student Research:
First Place: Andres Gonzales, University of Idaho, Center for Modeling Complex Interactions: Can the common cold protect you from influenza? A murine model of respiratory viral coinfection
Second Place: Tie, Dan Cooper, University of Idaho, Idaho INBRE: Directed killing of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 using a mobilizable plasmid containing a CRISPR-cas9 element with specific intimin guide RNAs and Abir Rahman, Boise State University, COBRE in Matrix Biology: Understanding VPS35 mutant autophagy dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease
Third Place: Bailey Houghtaling, Montana State University, Montana INBRE: Exploring Breastfeeding Practices Among the Fort Peck Tribes
Grant Writing Workshop: On Monday, before the conference, we will be hosting an all-day grant writing workshop to be presented by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC
Conference and Writing Workshop fees:
• Students - $200, including conference and writing workshop
• Post-docs/staff/other - $250, including conference and writing workshop
• Faculty NOT attending writing workshop - $250
• Faculty attending conference AND writing workshop - $300
• Faculty/Post-docs/staff/students attending writing workshop but NOT conference - $50 - Do NOT register for the conference - go directly to step #2 below to pay your workshop registration fees.
• Late registration fee - $300 for all attendees who register after August 31, 2015.
Poster Information: The poster session will be Tuesday morning, October 13, at 10:00 am
Please note that this formal poster session scheduled for Tuesday morning is for Undergraduate and Graduate student presenters ONLY.
Conference organizers invite poster abstract submissions from undergraduate and graduate students. All abstracts will be reviewed and accepted for presentation based on scientific quality and space availability. Complete poster guidelines and evaluation criteria can be found here.
  • - Deadline for abstract submission: Monday, August 31, 2015. 
  • - Please submit abstracts to Whitney Floch at using the abstract submission form
Informal Non-Student Poster Presentation for faculty, post-docs, and staff
All faculty, post-docs, and staff (NOT students) are welcome to augment their networking by bringing a scientific poster. These non-student posters will be displayed on the walls the entire time of the conference for informal viewing.  Please, do NOT submit an abstract. Thank you to Dr. Chris von Bartheld (NV COBRE) for conceiving this late-breaking opportunity.
Topic Tracks:
The conference includes three topic tracks: scientific, programmatic, and student.  Participants are welcome to attend any session.
  • The scientific track includes 16 speakers presenting vibrant research and representing seven Western IDeA states.
  • The programmatic track offers staff and faculty unique opportunities to share best practices and to network. 
  • The student track offers professional development, higher education advice, and career path information.
  • There will be a student poster competition for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • “The Business of Science” session offers insights on transferring solutions from the laboratory bench to the marketplace and developing your entrepreneurial spirit.
Conference Website:

Question: What airport do I use to get to Coeur d'Alene, ID?
Answer: You will use Spokane International Airport (GEG) which is located in Spokane, Washington. The drive from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene is about 30 minutes.  Conference participants will need to arrange their own transportation to/from the conference. You may either rent a car at the airport or reserve a spot with the Resort's shuttle service. To contact the resort shuttle service, email or you can call Brandon McMartin at 1-800-688-5253 (ext. 7124). The shuttle is $69/person for a roundtrip 'ticket'.
Question: I am bringing a guest to one or more of the meals during the conference. How do I pay for their meals?
Answer: We are offering a Meal Pass for guests. The cost of the Meal Pass is $90 and includes 5 meals, two breakfasts (10/13 and 10/14), two lunches (10/13 and 10/14), and the Conference banquet on Tuesday evening (10/13). To purchase a Meal Pass, click here. You will be asked to enter the name of the guest and your credit card information. This guest will receive a name badge for the conference which will allow them access to the meals.
Question: I am unable to attend the conference but I already paid registration fees. How do I get a refund?
Answer: We will refund 100% of your registration fees through August 31, 2015.  If an emergency or illness occurs on or after September 1, please contact Whitney Floch to discuss refund options.
Question: I am paying registration fees for more than one person. How is this documented in the payment system?
Answer: On the last payment page (after you have entered in credit card information), please use the text box at the top to enter in the LAST NAMES ONLY of the people you are paying registration fees for.  If the character limit doesn’t allow you to write all the names, please email Whitney Floch so she can document the rest of the attendee information.
Question: I’m trying book rooms with the “WIDEA” promo code and the Coeur d’Alene Resort webpage is telling me “There are no rooms available on the days you selected”.  What do I do?
Answer: Please access the group room block by clicking here. Please remember: The link provided above will only be helpful if you are booking lodging for the nights of October 12 and 13. If you try to book more than those two nights, the system will tell you that there is no availability. If you are interested in arriving a day early and/or staying a day later, please call the hotel at the number provided above to make your reservation.


For ANY other questions or concerns contact Whitney Floch (; 208-885-2097) or Linda Liou (; 208-885-5373).