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Houston-based Welch Foundation hosts 59th chemical research conference
The Welch Foundation

October, 2015

As science continues to drive medical advances on many fronts, internationally known biomedical researchers will gather in Houston Oct. 26-27 to share their latest findings related to genetics, neuroscience and common maladies like heart disease and cancer. Sponsored by The Welch Foundation, the “Next Generation Medicine” conference is free with registration. 

“This conference provides an opportunity hear about many of the exciting fundamental research advances happening across broad and diverse areas of biomedicine,” said Joseph L. Goldstein, conference chair, Welch Scientific Advisory Board, and Regental Professor and Chairman of Molecular Genetics, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “This type of basic knowledge ultimately drives future clinical advances, enabling new approaches to enhancing wellness and treating disease.”

The first of the conference’s four sessions will be chaired by David Botstein of Calico Life Sciences and will focus on the genome. Presentations will include new techniques for working with very small portions of humanity’s three billion genes in an effort to eventually be able to “edit” malfunctions that affect health. Afternoon presenters will discuss aspects of neuroscience including a project that has mapped all the neuro circuits in a fly, a precursor to tackling the hundreds of millions of neurons in the human brain. Other speakers will examine prions’ role in neurodegenerative diseases and neuro protective chemicals found in mice. This session will be moderated by Huda Y. Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine.

Day two sessions, led by Michael S. Brown, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Titia de Lange, Rockefeller University, will explore research into the pathogenesis of common diseases such as heart, respiratory and cancers. Highlights include promising research that has engineered a type of gene that can be turned off and on by light, affecting behavior, and a new area of immune checkpoint blockades.

The 2015 Welch Award recipient, Stephen C. Harrison, will share his research into viruses and how they infect cells.

For a complete program or to register, please visit The Welch Foundation’s website, www.welch1.org/chemical-conference, or email The Welch Foundation at conference@welch1.org. The conference will be held at the Hilton Houston North.

The Houston-based Welch Foundation, founded in 1954, is one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding for basic research in chemistry. In addition to the annual chemical conference, it supports science through research and departmental grants to Texas colleges and universities, funding of academic chairs and support for other chemistry-related programs. The Foundation bestows the annual Welch Award in Chemistry, recognizing achievement in basic research internationally, and the Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research for scientists who are early in their careers and working in Texas.

Visit the Welch Foundation at http://www.welch1.org.



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