May 18, 2001

Vanderbilt hosts Neurogenomics conference

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Joyce and Robin Hill brought 20-month-old Lin Lin Gong and 9-month-old Jiali Guo to the United States for surgery. The two Chinese girls were orphaned because of their physical abnormalities. (photo by Dana Johnson)

A new annual conference series will kick off at Vanderbilt University this weekend. The first conference, “Neurogenomics: Building a Better Brain,” will feature research advances at the crossroads of neuroscience and genomics.

The meeting, which runs Sunday through Wednesday at the Wyatt Center, will bring together internationally renowned scientists with young innovators to share recent discoveries and foster collaborations. The scientists will engage in sessions that explore the genes underlying brain development, neuronal plasticity, drug action, and psychiatric diseases.

“We are delighted to host this conference, the first of an annual series to describe how the human and other genome projects will launch discovery in many research areas,” said Lee E. Limbird, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research. “In fact, we hope by this mechanism to make Nashville, and the Vanderbilt campus, the place for scientists to go each summer to recharge their creative batteries, creating an exceptional opportunity, as well for our faculty and their trainees.”

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