NIH Research Festival.
October 5-8, 2010.
Building 10 and Natcher Conference Center

Opening Plenary Session

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Building 10, Masur Auditorium

DNA Unwound: The Path from Characterization to Treatment of Rare and Common Genetic-based Disorders

This session is dedicated to the legacy of Marshall Nirenberg.
Co-chairs: Richard Leapman, NIBIB and Richard Nakamura, NIMH

The legacy of Nobel laureate Marshall Nirenberg is found in the labs of the NIH Intramural Program. The ideology of his pioneering work continues today in areas of research as diverse as the genetics of complex phenotypes and of social behavior, the effects of epigenetics on disease development, the discovery of new genetic disorders and the development of high-throughput technology. These topics will be addressed in the presentations of current NIH Intramural scientists and the discussions that follow.

Opening Remarks
Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

Welcoming Remarks

The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program: Using Genetics to Discover New Diseases
William Gahl, NHGRI

Translating between Genes, Brain, and Behavior in Williams Syndrome: A Unique Window on Neurogenetic Mechanisms
Karen Berman, NIMH

Genetic Mapping of Complex Traits: The Canine Model
Elaine Ostrander, NHGRI

Unlocking the Genetic causes of Stuttering: Clues for Treatment
Changsoo Kang, NIDCD
FARE Award Winner

Epigenetic Regulation of T Cell Differentiation
Keji Zhao, NHLBI

Translational Therapeutic Development for Rare and Neglected Diseases
Chris Austin, NHGRI

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