'Bringing Genomic Medicine into Focus' is a free lecture on Feb. 2

A free public lecture titled "Bringing Genomic Medicine into Focus" will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speaker will be Eric Green, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The event is the third of six lectures in the 2013 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, a free minicourse for the general public with the theme "Your Genes: How They Contribute to Who You Are." No registration is required. The lectures take place on six consecutive Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building.

In his lecture, Green will discuss how the human genome sequence -- generated by the Human Genome Project a decade ago -- now is being used by researchers and clinicians in powerful ways to advance human health. He also will explain what the National Human Genome Research Institute is doing to exploit the potential of genomics as one of the most vital biomedical disciplines of the 21st century.

While directing a genomics research program for over two decades, Green was at the forefront of efforts to map, sequence, and understand the genomes of humans and other organisms. His work included significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project. These initial efforts later blossomed into a highly productive program in comparative genomics that provided important insights about genome structure, function, and evolution.

In addition to serving as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, Green is co-editor of the Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. He also is a founding editor of the journal Genome Research and a series editor of Genome Analysis: A Laboratory Manual, both of which are published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Green has authored and co-authored over 300 scientific publications, and he has been honored with many awards throughout his career, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University in 2010, an Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University School of Medicine in 2005, the Lillian M. Gilbreth Lectureship for Young Engineers at the National Academy of Engineering in 2001, a Lucille P. Markey Scholar Award in Biomedical Science in 1990, and a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 1989. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

Prior to his appointment as the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute in 2009, Green was the institute's scientific director, a position he had held since 2002, and the director of the National Institutes of Health's Intramural Sequencing Center. Green received doctoral and medical degrees at Washington University from St. Louis in 1987. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science is a program of the Penn State Eberly College of Science that is designed for the enjoyment and education of residents of the Central Pennsylvania area and beyond. More information about the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, including archived recordings of previous lectures and a list of other lectures in the 2013 series, is available at science.psu.edu/frontiers

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Last Updated January 29, 2013