September 30, 2010

Genetics Symposium Oct. 13

Genetics Symposium Oct. 13

The 11th annual Vanderbilt Genetics Symposium will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Student Life Center.

The theme of this year's symposium is “Beyond disease dichotomy: Quantitative traits and intermediate phenotypes.”

The field of human genetics is moving beyond disease status — whether or not a person has disease X — to identify disease-related genes that are associated with quantitative measures of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and behavior.

“Such approaches can lead to a greater depth of understanding and greater potential for discoveries to translate into clinical practice,” explained Tricia Thornton-Wells, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, who organized the symposium.

Keynote speakers are: Charles Farber, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia; Molly Losh, Ph.D., of Northwestern University and Andrew Saykin, PsyD, of Indiana University.

Vanderbilt speakers are: Roger Cone, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics; Dana Crawford, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and an investigator in the Vanderbilt Center for Human Genetics Research; and Karoly Mirnics, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for basic research in the Department of Psychiatry.

Registration is free but required for attendance. For more information and to register, go to and click on 2010 symposium.