University of Washington geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King who pioneered the idea that breast cancer could be a heritable disease, will be giving free lectures in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata in February 2017. She is the Featured Speaker of the Seventh Annual Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series, aimed at bringing internationally renowned scientists to the Indian scientific community.
Professor King may be best known for demonstrating that breast and ovarian cancer can be inherited genetically rather than occurring only by chance or from environmental influences. She and her colleagues pinpointed a gene, BRCA1, which carries mutations that dramatically increase a woman's risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer during her lifetime.
Another seminal contribution from Dr. King's research was the insight that despite dramatic differences in appearance, humans and chimpanzees share 99% of their genetic code, paving the way for greater understanding of how genomes change during evolution and the relationships of humans to other primates.
Professor King's work also crosses into matters of human rights. By pioneering methods of extracting and sequencing maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA, she made it possible for more than 100 children who 'disappeared' during the Argentinian military dictatorship to be reunited with their families. The approaches she developed are now in routine use in forensic science.
In addition to her work on inherited breast and ovarian cancer, Dr King is currently studying the genetic bases of schizophrenia and of severe pediatric disorders. She is the American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. She graduated cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Carleton College, completed her PhD in genetics at the University of California, Berkeley; and was a postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco. She was professor of genetics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1975 until 1995. She has led her lab at the University of Washington since 1995, and in 2012, was elected as the President of the American Society of Human Genetics.
|Date, Time, and Venue:|
|Chennai: February 20, 2017. 6.00 p.m. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao (Lady Andal) Concert Hall, Chetpet|
|Bengaluru:February 22, 2017. 4.30 p.m. JN Tata Auditorium (IISc.)|
|New Delhi:February 24, 2017. 4.30 p.m. Jawaharlal Auditorium, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)|
|Kolkata:February 28, 2017. 11.00 a.m. Kala Mandir Hall, Shakespeare Sarani|
The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series is co-sponsored by Cell Press and TNQ Books and Journals. Planned as an annual event, the lectures are aimed at bringing internationally renowned scientists face to face with the Indian scientific community. They are held in Bengaluru, Chennai, and New Delhi each year.
The inaugural speaker of the lecture series was David Baltimore, currently the President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at Caltech. In 1975, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Howard Temin and Renato Dulbecco.
The second speaker was Elizabeth Blackburn, the Australia-born, American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak.
The third speaker was Shinya Yamanaka, the Japanese physician and celebrated adult stem cell researcher. In 2012 he and John Gurdon were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells. In 2013 he was awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work.
The fourth speaker was Huda Y. Zoghbi, the Lebanese-born physician and medical researcher. She is a professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital.
The fifth speaker was Eric S. Lander, a mathematician turned biologist turned geneticist, who is President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He serves as Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
The sixth speaker was Stanford University neuroscientist and psychologist Karl Deisseroth, who pioneered the groundbreaking technique known as optogenetics, which have revolutionized our ability to visualize and manipulate brain circuits
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Deisseroth pioneered a groundbreaking technique known as optogenetics in which neurons in the brain are genetically engineered to express a light-sensitive protein that can change their electric properties.
Dr. Lander is also Professor of Biology at MIT and Professor of Systems Biology at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lander additionally serves as Co-Chair of the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Huda Zoghbi, a physician-scientist in the field of neurogenetics and the recipient of the 2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, the 2013 Dickson Prize in Medicine, and the 2011 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience was selected as the Featured Speaker of the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series 2014.
Shinya Yamanaka, the Japanese physician and celebrated adult stem cell researcher, delivered the third lecture of The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lecture Series in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai in January-February 2012.
The prize is "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase", states the official news by the Nobel Foundation. The announcement came shortly after Prof. Blackburn returned after her lecture tour of India.
He delivered the first lecture of the series on January 14 at the Teen Murti auditorium in New Delhi, did press and television interviews, met with policy makers, moved to Bangalore where he delivered two lectures...