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Dear Colleague,

Advances in genetics are producing new tools for investigating commonalities and differences across human populations. They are improving our understanding of how a person’s DNA, together with the environment, contributes to health, disease susceptibility, and
response to medications. In addition, DNA ancestry testing is providing people with a new lens for examining family history.

Please join us for a briefing about what new advances in genetics can tell us about ancestry, health, and ourselves. The panel will focus on the role of genes and the environment in human health, the opportunities for precision medicine, and the role of
public engagement in the coming era of personal genetics and gene editing.


The Common Thread: What genetics tells us about ancestry, health, and personal identity

 May 15, 2018


HVC 201

(Lunch provided)


Sponsored by the Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd), Harvard Medical School

In cooperation with the office of Congressman Bill Foster

Eimear Kenny, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genome Science; Member of The Charles Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine; Member of The Center for Statistical Genetics; Member of The Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale
Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Charles Rotimi, PhD, Senior Investigator of the Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer & James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

George Church, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and MIT; Director of an NIH Center of Excellence in Genomic Science; Director of the Personal Genome Project

Ample time will be allotted for discussion, and speakers will be available for informal conversations to follow.


To register for either of these programs, please RSVP
 or call 617-432-1797;

View program online 




Bill Foster

Member of Congress

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