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September
2018
26
How Does Space Travel Change Our Genes?

6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

What NASA’s Study on Twin Astronauts Reveals About the Human Genome on Earth, Mars & Beyond

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How Does Space Travel Change Our Genes?


What NASA’s Study on Twin Astronauts Reveals About the Human Genome on Earth, Mars & Beyond

 
 

 

Featuring Space Genomics Expert Dr. Christopher Mason, Weill Cornell Medicine

Moderated by CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Max Gomez

 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30 PM: Presentations, Discussion and Audience Q&A
7:30 PM: Cocktail Reception
 
New York Genome Center
101 Avenue of the Americas, 1st Floor Auditorium
 
Tickets are free; advance registration is required.
 

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Join us to hear more about Dr. Christopher Mason’s exciting research projects with NASA to better understand the impact of space travel on the human genome, including:
 

  • Dr. Mason’s contributions to NASA’s Journey to Mars – the initiative to get “boots on the ground” on Mars by 2035.
  • Astronaut Twins Study – what DNA changes scientists found when sequencing the genes of astronaut Scott Kelly in space, and the DNA of his identical twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, who remained on Earth.
  • The Mason Lab’s 500-year plan for the survival of the human species on Earth, in space, and on other planets.
 
WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
 
Nico Robine, PhD
 
Assistant Director, Computational Biology
New York Genome Center
 
Dr. Nicolas Robine supervises a team of scientists and analysts at the New York Genome Center who are involved in the analysis of sequencing data for a wide range of collaborative genomic research projects. After graduating from ESIEE-Paris, an engineering school, Dr. Robine earned a Msc in Bioinformatics from Goteborg (Sweden) and obtained his PhD at the Institut Curie in Paris.

 

FEATURED SPEAKER
 
Image result for chris mason cornellChristopher Mason, PhD
 

Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Professor of Computational Genomics in Computational Biomedicine, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain and Mind Institute
Weill Cornell Medicine
 
Christopher Mason, PhD, earned his BS in Genetics and Biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his PhD in Genetics at Yale University. He completed his post-doctoral training in clinical genetics at Yale Medical School and was a postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and Law at Yale Law School. He is an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine between Weill Cornell Graduate School for Medical Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University, as well as the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute and HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine. Dr. Mason is a WorldQuant Foundation Research Scholar.
 
To learn more about Dr. Mason’s research, visit his lab page.
 
MODERATOR
 
Max Gomez, PhD

Medical Correspondent
CBS News
 
Dr. Max Gomez is a nine-time Emmy Award-winning medical correspondent with more than 30 years of broadcast experience. A highly regarded journalist, moderator and public speaker, Dr. Gomez has earned an outstanding reputation for translating complex medical topics into compelling stories. He has a special interest in genomics and is the co-author of several books on the topic, including Cells are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health. He was also a semi-finalist in NASA’s Journalist in Space competition.

 
 
 

The Evening Talks Series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust – Pyewacket Fund.

  • EVENING TALKS
    The New York Genome Center’s Evening Talks events feature distinguished experts from around the world sharing genomic insights and research. They are intended to showcase and explain high science to the non-scientific community. Speakers present the latest research findings and explain its implication for helping improve clinical care for a wide array of serious diseases. The lecture is followed by a lively question-and-answer session and a post-event reception of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. These popular free public events are held in the Center’s state-of-the-art ground-floor auditorium starting at 6:00 pm. The Evening Talks Series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust – Pyewacket Fund.

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    To advance collaborative efforts on cancer genomics, the New York Genome Center (NYGC) hosts meetings on the first Tuesday of every month to bring together leading cancer researchers, clinicians and postdocs from the NYGC’s Institutional Founding Members and other key academic institutions. The organizers include Drs. Harold Varmus (Weill Cornell Medicine & NYGC), Marcin Imielinski (Weill Cornell Medicine & NYGC), Ross Levine (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) and Sohail Tavazoie (The Rockefeller University).

  • Computational Cancer Genomics Working Group Evening Lectures
    Computational Cancer Genomics Working Group is led by Simon Tavaré, PhD, NYGC and Columbia University, and Sohrab Shah, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This group will build collaborations that apply novel statistical approaches and population-level analyses to major cohorts in cancer genomics.

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    The NYGC is leveraging the success of the Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease (CGND) to extend our work across a range of neurodegenerative diseases that have pathways in common with ALS, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. The NYGC has created a new Neurodegenerative Disease Working Group, led by Alison Goate, DPhil, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Hemali Phatnani, PhD, NYGC, and Phil De Jager, PhD, MD, MMSc, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, with the objective of bringing together researchers from NYGC’s institutional founding members, NYGC faculty, senior faculty, NYGC technology development and computational scientists, and affiliate members to discuss the underlying disease mechanisms in neurodegenerative disease.

  • Population Genomics Working Group Evening Lectures
    The NYGC has created a Population Genomics Working Group that brings together leading population and statistical geneticists and focuses on human population genomics, statistical analyses, and applications to precision medicine. The group is led by Eimear Kenny, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Adam Siepel, PhD, of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.