UW News

May 31, 2007

June features Foege, life sciences, biostatistics, and brain injury

Rushmer Lecture

Dr. William Foege will speak at the 19th annual Rushmer Lecture, from 4 to 5:20 p.m., Thursday, June 7, in Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Center. In his address, Combining Art and Science for a Rational Future, Foege will explore how creative technology might help people participate in designing their destinies. A reception will follow the lecture in the Foege Bioengineering Building lobby. The lecture is sponsored by the UW Department of Bioengineering.

Foege led the war against smallpox, which resulted in the disease’s total eradication in 1975. He became director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in 1977, helping save the lives of millions through efforts to wipe out devastating diseases and encourage childhood immunizations. After directing the CDC, he was executive director of The Carter Center, which addresses global issues of democracy, human rights, disease, hunger, and conflict. Foege continues as a Center fellow and as executive director of the Task Force for Child Survival. Foege also helped set the direction of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major supporter of efforts to improve health in developing countries. The Gates chose Foege as the namesake for the UW’s new Bioengineering and Genome Sciences Building to honor him for his vision and commitment.

Life Sciences Discovery Fund

Washington state’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) presents new grant opportunities in its second grant competition for 2007. Approximately $20 million will be available to support the development of new programs and initiatives advancing the Fund’s mission to promote life sciences competitiveness, enhance economic vitality, and improve health and health care.

John DesRosier, LSDF director of programs, and Mark Hertle, senior program officer, will provide details of the funding opportunity at three information sessions in June. They will describe the funding opportunity, explain the proposal process and answer questions, as well as provide a preview of the LSDF competition scheduled to be announced in fall 2007. Interested researchers are encouraged to visit the LSDF Web site at www.lsdfa.org or send inquiries via e-mail to info@lsdfa.org.

Session times and locations:

Monday, June 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., T-625, HSC (simulcast at VA Seattle, 518, Building 1).

Thursday, June 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., T-625, HSC.

Monday, June 25, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., T-625, HSC (simulcast at Harborview Medical Center, Research and Training Building, auditorium).

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Vee White at veewhite@u.washington.edu  or 206-543-8319.

Biostatistics symposium

The Department of Biostatistics is hosting Seattle Showcase Symposium in Statistical Genetics from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 23, in Turner Auditorium (D-209), Health Sciences Center.

Topics are:

Evolution of Gene Expression Levels: Insights from Yeast and Humans, Joshua Akey, UW

Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation, Mark Courtney, National Science Foundation

Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium Results, Lon Cardon, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Exact Expectations for the Linkable Disequilibrium Quantity r2, Yun Song, University of California at Davis

Population Genetics of Wild Mice, Michael Nachman, University of Arizona

Biomarker Development, Margaret Pepe, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Plant Population Genetics, Michael Clegg, University of California at Irvine

Measuring Uncertainty in Inheritance, Elizabeth Thomson, UW

A reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

The symposium is sponsored by Merck and Co. Inc./Rosetta Inpharmatics LLC. To register, visit http://www.biostat.washington.edu.

Traumatic brain injury

The UW community is invited to the premiere of a new documentary, Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, at the Harborview Medical Center’s Research and Training Building auditorium.

The highly acclaimed documentary weaves the compelling story of four people living with a traumatic brain injury with the commentary and insight from experts in the field. The evening also will celebrate the passage of the first traumatic brain injury law in Washington state. This event is co-sponsored by the UW Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, Harborview Medical Center and the Department of Social and Health Services of Washington State. For more information visit: http://www.tbi.washington.edu.