September 4, 2009

Discovery Lecture set for Sept. 10

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Helen Hobbs, M.D.

Discovery Lecture set for Sept. 10

Helen Hobbs, M.D., a discoverer of genetic factors that influence susceptibility to heart disease, will deliver this fall's first Discovery Lecture on Sept. 10.

Hobbs, professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will speak at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Her lecture, “Genetic protection from disorders of dietary excess,” is the Dr. Samuel S. Riven Lectureship sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Department of Medicine.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Hobbs has focused on identifying genetic factors that contribute to — and protect from — diseases of dietary excess (the abundance of food that characterizes the modern era), especially heart and liver disease.

Her laboratory has discovered genetic variations that contribute to differences in blood levels of LDL-cholesterol, the most important risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), and that offer new targets for cholesterol-lowering therapies.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to