May 11, 2007

Discovery Lecture to feature Yale’s Lifton

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Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.

Discovery Lecture to feature Yale’s Lifton

Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Yale University School of Medicine, will deliver the next Vanderbilt Discovery Lecture on Thursday, May 17.

Lifton, Sterling Professor of Genetics and professor of Medicine, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale, will discuss "Genetics, Genomics and the Future of Medicine,” at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

A reception in the Light Hall lobby will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Lifton's laboratory employs genetic approaches to identify genes underlying susceptibility to common human diseases, cardiovascular disease, renal disease and osteoporosis. His work has confirmed that mutations that increase salt balance lead to high blood pressure and have offered new targets for the development of therapeutic agents.

Lifton is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

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