Renowned scientist to address Health Disparities Conference
Elaine Mardis, PhD, the renowned scientist who helped create methods for decoding the human genome, will be the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities May 29 and 30 at UNT Health Science Center.
Dr. Mardis, Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak at 12:30 p.m. May 29 during The Role of Genomics in Eliminating Health Disparities Conference. Dr. Mardis was recently named the inaugural Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine.
As co-director of The Genome Institute at Washington University, Dr. Mardis helped lead the team of scientists that pioneered sequencing of cancer patients’ genomes. Since then, she has led the team that has decoded the genomes of several thousand cancer patients in an effort to understand the genetic roots of the disease. This could lead to targeted cancer treatments based on the patient’s tumor and genetic makeup.
Her keynote address will be part of the two-day conference to promote an understanding of the role of genomics in eliminating health disparities and to educate students, faculty, clinicians and the community about best practices and possible solutions. The event will feature national and local speakers, interactive presentations, panel discussions and questions/answer sessions.
Topics that will be addressed during the conference include “Personalized Medicine and the Elimination of Health Disparities, “Ethics and Public Policy in the Genomics Era,” and “Gene-Environment Interactions and Health Disparities.”
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