UW News

October 4, 2007

Medical Genetics symposium Oct. 12-13

The UW Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Medicine is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding with a two-day symposium to be held Oct. 12-13 in Hogness Auditorium, A-420, HSC.

The division was one of the first of its kind in world when founded in 1957 by Arno Motulsky, UW professor emeritus of medicine and of genome sciences, a pioneer in human and medical genetics. Motulsky led the division for more than 30 years.

The symposium is scheduled for 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, and 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. The event is free and open to the UW community and general public, and is designed to be of interest to a lay audience and to scientists, health professionals, and students.

More than 25 speakers from the UW and other institutions will discuss the history of medical genetics and the UW division, mechanisms of human genetic disease, ethics and genetics, the future of human genetics, and other topics. School of Medicine Dean Dr. Paul G. Ramsey will speak at the event, as will former division heads George Stamatoyannopoulos and Arno Motulsky, and current division head Gail Jarvik.

More information, including a full program and list of speakers, can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/medgen/anniversary/index.html.