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Opening Plenary Session:
60 years onward: The double helix in the Clinical Center

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Masur Auditorium, Building 10


  • Luigi Ferrucci, Scientific Director, NIA
  • Daniel Kastner, Scientific Director, NHGRI


This year marks the 60th anniversary of both the publication of the double helical structure of DNA and the opening of the NIH Clinical Center. Since 1953, there have been remarkable advances in our understanding of the genetics and genomics of human disease, many of which have been catalyzed by research conducted by NIH intramural investigators at the Clinical Center. In this session NIH Director Francis Collins and Clinical Center Director John Gallin will give their own perspectives on some of the milestones of the last 60 years. In addition, three intramural investigators – Daniel Kastner, Julie Segre, and Neal Young – will discuss the impact of research conducted at the Clinical Center in their own fields of investigation and their vision for the next 60 years of molecular medicine at the NIH.

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks - Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH
  • "The genomics of inflammation at the Clinical Center: A quarter century and counting," - Dr. Daniel Kastner, Scientific Director, NHGRI
  • "Bacterial DNA sequencing as a powerful new microscope in the modern hospital," - Dr. Julie Segre, Senior Investigator, NHGRI
  • "The NIH: a supportive niche for translational stem cell research" Dr. Cynthia Dunbar, Senior Investigator, NHLBI

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