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Mary-Claire King, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Levi Garraway, and Jeff Friedman Headline Upcoming Evening Talks at The New York Genome Center

August 17, 2015

This fall, the New York Genome Center (NYGC) begins a new round of monthly Evening Talks, bringing world-class speakers to explore new genomic insights into health, history and more with New Yorkers of all backgrounds.

September 10, NYGC kicks off the season, with physician-scientist Jeffrey Friedman (The Rockefeller University) explaining how food both fuels our bodies and shapes our behavior, via our genomes, to in turn cast light on why we vary widely in weight, and how we get and fight diseases such as diabetes.

October 29, genomic pioneer Mary-Claire King (University of Washington) surveys new knowledge of how and why cancers run in families, beyond the BRCA genes that, through her landmark work, first anchored our understanding of breast and ovarian cancer risks.

December 3, physician-scientist Levi Garraway (Dana Farber Cancer Institute) further probes the genomic mysteries of cancers, explaining how tumor cells’ distinctive DNA spellings let them grow too fast, invade other tissues, and respond to (or resist) particular treatments.

January 7, historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard University) joins us in conversation, to reflect on his legacy of helping people understand family history, deeper ancestry, and modern kinship from their own genomes…and how such insights may increasingly change our lives.

Evening Talks begin at 6:00 p.m. (except 6:30 p.m. on December 3) at 101 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery, The Jackson Laboratory, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York- Presbyterian Hospital, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York University, North Shore-LIJ, The Rockefeller University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Stony Brook University and IBM.

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