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Titled “A Celebration of 50 Years in Medicine,” the symposium will be held Nov. 14-15 at the Price Center Theater on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, California. Information is available at 858-534-3940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers will describe the impact of the DNA findings on real-world medical treatment, according to symposium coordinator Theodore Friedmann, M.D., UCSD professor of pediatrics; director, UCSD Program in Human Gene Therapy; and chair, Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health.
Among the presenters will be Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, which recently announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project; J. Craig Venter, PhD, president of The Center for the Advancement of Genomics and head of the private group that sequenced most of the human genome; Sir David Weatherall, a pioneering researcher in molecular genetics; Margaret Liu, MD, whose investigations in plasmid DNA-based vaccines has helped immunologists attack diseases such as cancer and AIDS; Janet Rowley, MD, Lasker Prize recipient and prominent cancer researcher; Stuart Orkin, MD, a specialist in stem cell research; and Nobel Prize winners J. Michael Bishop, MD, UC San Francisco, and the Salk Institute’s Sydney Brenner, PhD and Renato Dulbecco, MD.
In an article noting the 50th anniversary, the Los Angeles Times commented that without understanding the structure of DNA, there would be no biotech industry, no Human Genome Project, “not a whisper of a chance for stem-cell therapy, and oceans of ignorance about the workings of our bodies in sickness and in health.”
While many of the celebrations held this year have focused
on the science surrounding the discovery 50 years ago, the UCSD symposium
will emphasize the translation of genetic and genomic knowledge to the
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Topics and speakers will be:
Mouse Models of Human Disease: From Cancer to Psychiatric
Modeling the Molecular Pathogenesis of Cancer
Searching for Breast Cancer Genes: Families, Maps,
Comparative Genomics Towards Gene-based Medicine
Rare and Common Disease Genes in a Population: From
Diagnosis to Prevention
Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Gene-based Therapy and Prevention
From Disease Mechanism to C Gene) Therapy: The Example
of the Genetic Immune Disorder
Gene-Based Vaccines and Immuno Therapeutics
The Therapeutic Applications of Ribozymes and RNAi
Genomics, Medicine and Society
Seven Membrane Spanning Receptors: How did we get
here and where are we going?
The Future of Gene-based Medicine
Stem Cell Biology and Human Disease
Systems Biology and Predictive, Preventive, and
Advancing the Revolution Through Genomic-based Medicine
The Genome and Human Rights
Closing Address - Humanity’s Genes
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