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In this program, MDG Boston will highlight the science of genetics and epigenetics. We will give examples of business opportunities that have arrived or are coming shortly, and will present some of the ethical and social implications of the progress in this arena. No current medical development raises so many opportunities ranging from cancer treatment to degenerative disease, to aging itself.

4/30/2018
When: Mon April 30, 2018
5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St
Weston, Massachusetts  02493
United States
Contact: Bill Munger
617-620-4161


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April 30 MDG Forum

Genomics and epi-Genetics
Impact on Developments in Medicine and Society
 
Progress in Genetics and Epigenetics, in addition to creating business opportunities that were not imagined even a decade or two ago, will change our perception of society, of the human family, of evolution, of disease and of life itself.

Program Description: 
In this program, MDG Boston will highlight the science of genetics and epigenetics.

We will give examples of business opportunities that have arrived or are coming shortly, and will present some of the ethical and social implications of the progress in this arena.

No current medical development raises so many opportunities ranging from cancer treatment to degenerative disease, to aging itself.

Nor has any other development required that we re-think Darwinian evolution and the implications of the environment on the human genome.

Progress in this area requires all the combined resources of the basic scientist, engineer, mathematician, computer scientist.

MDG Boston proudly leads from, what was once the biological science of genetics, to the encompassing sciences required to unravel the genome and the response of genes and epigenes to environment.

 
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MONDAY 
April 30, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
   
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FEES
   
   Member/Alliance Partner - $30 
   Non-member - $45 
   Student Member - $10
   Student Non-Member - $15
    
   Event Sponsorship - $500
   (contact Hank Allard for details -hallard@mdgboston.org) 
 

The Impact of Genomics & epi-Genetics

 
You Should Attend If You Are: 
  • Physicians engaged in the future of diagnostic medicine
  • Engineering professionals exploring opportunities to leverage emerging technological advances
  • Entrepreneurs and product strategists interested in learning about business opportunities
  • Students planning careers in medicine, medical technology or biomedical research
Our Distinguished Panel
Marnie Gelbart     George Church   Robert Green   Manolis Kellis
Marnie Gelbart, PhD  
MODERATOR & PANELIST 
Director of Programs  
Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd.org) 
Harvard Medical School  
George Church, PhD
Professor of Genetics at
Harvard Medical School
 
Founding Member, Director of PersonalGenomes.org 
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH 
Director, G2P Research Program 
Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Manolis Kellis, PhD 
Professor, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab 
Institute Member, Broad Institute
of MIT and Harvard
 

Panel Bios     
MODERATOR & PANELIST
Marnie Gelbart, PhD
Director of Programs Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd.org)
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gelbart is leading multiple initiatives towards pgEd’s 12-year mission of raising awareness and sparking conversation about genetic technologies, so all voices are included in the discussion to shape the path forward. Her most recent efforts include organizing Congressional briefings, advising writers and producers of television and film, working with communities of faith, and leading workshops for teachers.
 
Dr. Gelbart is co-PI of Building Awareness, Respect, and Confidence through Genetics, a 5-year NIH-funded project for developing curricula on identity and inclusion (including genome editing, race and ancestry, sex and gender) and working with teachers in urban Massachusetts and rural South Dakota communities.

George Church, PhD
Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School
Founding Member, Director of PersonalGenomes.org

Dr. Church is known for pioneering the fields of personal genomics and synthetic biology. He developed the first methods for the first genome sequence & dramatic cost reductions since then (down from $3 billion to $600), contributing to nearly all "next generation sequencing" methods and companies.

His team invented CRISPR for human stem cell genome editing and other synthetic biology technologies and applications - including new ways to create organs for transplantation, gene therapies for aging reversal, and gene drives to eliminate Lyme Disease and Malaria.

Dr. Church is director of IARPA & NIH BRAIN Projects and National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. He has coauthored 450 papers, 105 patents, and one book, "Regenesis".

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine (Genetics), Director, Genomes2People Research Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Green is a physician-scientist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who has developed some of the first NIH-funded empirical studies of the medical, behavioral and economic outcomes of genomic sequencing in clinical care. His work in translational genomics began in 2000 with the REVEAL Study, a series of four randomized clinical trials disclosing common complex disease risk. Dr. Green then directed the PGen Study, the first prospective studies of direct-to- consumer genetic testing. 

He currently leads the first randomized trials to explore the integration of medical sequencing in both adults (MedSeq Project) and newborns (BabySeq Project). With support from the Department of Defense, he is examining the implementation of exome sequencing in active duty military personnel (MilSeq Project). Dr. Green was lead author on the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics’ recommendations for managing secondary findings in clinical sequencing, and he led the first published demonstration of aggregate penetrance of genomic variants in an unselected population. He received the Coriell Personalized Medicine Award for his scientific achievements in personalized medicine in 2014.

Manolis Kellis, PhD
Professor, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

His research spans an unusually broad spectrum of areas, including disease genetics, epigenomics, gene circuitry, non-coding RNAs, comparative genomics, and phylogenetics.

Manolis has helped direct several large-scale genomics projects, including the Roadmap Epigenomics project, the ENCODE project, the Roadmap Epigenomics Project, the Genotype Tissue-Expression (GTEx) project, and comparative genomics projects in mammals, flies, and yeast.

He received the US Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) by US President Barack Obama, the NSF CAREER award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Technology Review TR35 recognition, the AIT Niki Award, and the Sprowls award for the best Ph.D. thesis in computer science at MIT.

Agenda
5:30 - 6:15PM Arrival, Networking & Dinner
6:15 - 6:30PM Announcements and Introductions
6:30 - 8:00PM Speakers and Q&A
8:00 - 8:30PM More networking
Program Co-Chairs
Peter Madras     hediger
Peter Madras, MD 
President MDG Boston 
Mark E. Hediger, PhD 
President MEH Associates, Inc. 

Fees - (Light dinner included)
Fee Category Early Registration
(By April 23)
Week Prior
(April 23 - April 30)

At the Door
(April 30
 
Member/Alliance Partner: $30 $35 $45
Non-Member: $45 $55 $65
Student Member $10 $12 $15  
Student Non-member w/ a valid ID $15 $18 $20
      
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Event Sponsor - $500 -  (contact Hank Allard for details - hallard@mdgboston.org)
     
Location (Free Parking)
 
Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493
   
  
About MDG
The Medical Development Group (MDG) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care. MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

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