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Department of Human Genetics pres.

10th Annual James V. Neel Lectureship in Medical Genetics

This annual lectureship honors James V. Neel, M.D., Ph.D., a pioneer in the study of human genetics and one of the first to foresee its importance in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. During his 39-year career in the U-M Medical School, Neel established one of the first clinics to evaluate and counsel people with hereditary diseases, as well as the first academic department of human genetics in the United States. Neel established the University of Michigan Medical School's Department of Human Genetics in 1956, which he chaired for 25 years.

The Neel Lectureship features an international leader in research who shares their experiences and underscores the importance of research in genetics.

Guest speaker: David Botstein, Ph.D., Director and Anthony B. Evnin Professor of Genomics, Department of Molecular Biology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University

Title: "Coordination of Growth Rate, Cell Cycle, Stress Response and Metabolic Activity in Yeast"

David Botstein received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, working in the lab of Dr. Myron Levine during Dr. Neel's tenure as Chair of the Human Genetics Department. He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1967 to 1988, and then served as vice president for science at the biotechnology company Genentech for two years before joining the faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine, and then Princeton University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and has received numerous awards. In March, 2010, Botstein was named one of three recipients of the annual $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. The award is the largest prize in medicine in the United States and is considered second only to the Nobel Prize. Botstein, along with Francis Collins (U-M faculty, 1984-2003), director of the National Institutes of Health, and Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, received the prize for their foundational work in mapping the human genome, which ultimately paved the way for the Human Genome Project.

4:00-5:00 PM, Reception and Poster Session to follow in BSRB Seminar Rooms A-B-C

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