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Levi Garraway and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. lead winter Evening Talks at The New York Genome Center

October 20, 2015

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) continues its Evening Talks in December, and into the New Year, with two world-class speakers whose work highlights how our genomes can help individuals, families and society crucially understand both human health and history.

On December 3, Levi Garraway, MD PhD joins us to explain how genomic insights now help treat tumors ever more precisely and effectively. Through his work as Associate Professor of Medicine   at Harvard University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Senior Associate Member at the Broad Institute, Dr. Garraway has pioneered how we unravel tumor cells’ genomes to find the key spellings that let them grow of control, but may also leave them vulnerable to specific treatments.

On January 7, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PhD joins us in conversation, to discuss his legacy of probing family history, modern kinship and broader societal trends through the twin prisms   of DNA and written records. Long a key public face of genomics as host of the PBS series Faces of America and Finding Your Roots, Dr. Gates will reflect on what he has learned from helping others understand the history written in our genomes – and, more broadly, how such findings can change lives. He serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where his work has drawn many honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal.

Dr. Garraway will speak on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 pm, and Dr. Gates on Thursday, January 7 at 6:00 pm. Both talks will be followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

About the Evening Talks

The New York Genome Center’s Evening Talks bring outstanding thinkers from around the world, to share genomic insights on health, history, and policy with New Yorkers of all backgrounds, in order to spark fruitful discussion among scientists, health caregivers, and layfolk.

About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit at the forefront of transforming biomedical research and clinical care with the mission of saving lives. As a consortium of renowned academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, NYGC focuses on translating genomic research into clinical solutions for serious disease. Our member organizations and partners are united in this unprecedented collaboration of technology, science, and medicine. We harness the power of innovation and discoveries to improve people’s lives – ethically, equitably, and urgently. Member institutions include:   Albert Einstein College of Medicine, American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, The Jackson Laboratory, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York University, North Shore-LIJ, The Rockefeller University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Stony Brook University. For more information, visit:

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