Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)
Andrew Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., Daniel Coit Gilman Scholar, King Fahd Professor of Medicine, Oncology, Molecular Biology/Genetics, and Biostatistics; and director of the Center for Epigenetics at Johns Hopkins University, will present the first talk of the 2014-2015 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS). Dr. Feinberg's lecture title will be announced as the date approaches.
from the speaker: “Our laboratory is studying the epigenetic basis of normal development and disease, including cancer, aging, and neuropsychiatric illness. Epigenetics involves changes in DNA and chromatin structure that are remembered by the cell when it divides, such as DNA methylation, genomic imprinting, and histone modification. Epigenetics is important because many of the differences between a germ cell and a somatic cell, or two different tissue types, or a cancer and a normal cell, involve epigenetic changes rather than mutation in the DNA sequence. Early work from our group involved the discovery of altered DNA methylation in cancer, as well as common epigenetic (methylation and imprinting) variants in the population that may be responsible for a significant population-attributable risk of cancer. Over the last few years, our laboratory has pioneered the field of epigenomics, i.e. epigenetics at a genome-scale level, founding the first NIH-supported NIH epigenome center in the country, and developing many novel tools for molecular and statistical analysis. Several discoveries and avenues of research have arisen from our epigenome center.”
Come join your colleagues, DDIR Michael Gottesman and NIH Director Francis Collins at these top-notch lectures, even if you think they are outside of your area of interest. The WALS website will be updated with a new schedule for this season soon.