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Molecular Insights on Aging from Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Masur Auditorium, Building 10, NIH Bethesda, MD

The Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) cordially invites you to this seminar, which will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Dr. Collins is the Director of the NIH, a post he has held since 2009. Previously he was the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the NIH for 15 years. In that capacity his leadership was crucial to the landmark feat of sequencing the entire human genome in 2001. Before joining the NIH, as a Howard Hughes Investigator at the University of Michigan he made many seminal discoveries in the area of disease-associated genes, including discovery of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene (CFTR), the first gene ever identified to be directly responsible for a disease phenotype, cystic fibrosis. In 2003 his team identified Lamin A as the gene whose mutation is responsible for the extreme accelerated aging phenotype observed in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria patients. His seminar will focus on recent developments in the field of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria.

The Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) is a newly formed trans-NIH group aimed at enhancing opportunities for discussion of the intersection between the biology of aging and the biology of diseases and conditions that are of interest across ICs.   It is focused on basic biology, but with a longer view towards translation. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the GSIG web site (http://sigs.nih.gov/geroscience/Pages/default.aspx).  

The seminar will be videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov/ and archived in the GSIG web site. Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Dr. Felipe Sierra at Sierraf@nia.nih.gov or at 301.496.6402.