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For more information about this archival news release, please contact Robin Mackar(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/media/index.cfm), News Director, Office of Communications & Public Liaison(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/ocpl/index.cfm) at (919) 541-0073 or by email at rmackar@niehs.nih.gov.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 20, 2003, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Contact: Bill Grigg, NIEHS
(301) 402-3378

Meeting: Gene-Environment Interaction in Health and Disease

In April, as the world marks the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick's Nobel Prize-winning description of the DNA double helix, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will look beyond the historic sequencing of the human genome to new and future studies of how variations in our genes can interact with the environment to cause disease.

 

In cooperation with the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism , the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will host a half-day public symposium beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 16 in the Masur Auditorium of the Clinical Center (Building 10) NIH, Bethesda, Md., on Genetic Variation and Gene-Environment Interaction in Human Health and Disease. The meeting will provide opportunities for an in-depth consideration of DNA variations that can interact with environmental triggers to cause disease.

 

Although we all have the same genes, individual genes vary slightly in each of us, making some of us far more susceptible to environmental insults and chemicals than others are. Some smokers get lung cancer, for example, while others do not.

 

Talks on DNA variation in gene-environment interaction research and its implications to human disease will be presented. NIEHS Deputy Director Samuel Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., and Lisa Brooks, Ph.D., Program Director, Genetic Variation and Genome Information for NHGRI, will chair the symposium.

 

For more information contact David Brown, NIEHS, (919) 541-5111.

 

8:30-8:40

Welcome and Introduction
Samuel Wilson, NIEHS, NIH

Session ICHAIR: Lisa Brooks, NHGRI, NIH
8:40-9:10

Patterns of Human Genetic Variation
Lynn Jorde, University of Utah

9:10-9:40

SNPing in the Human Genome
Debbie Nickerson, University of Washington

9:40-10:10

Influence of DNA Variation on Gene Expression
Jeff Trent, Translational Genomics Research Institute

10:10-10:40

Relating Variation to Phenotype
Charles Rotimi, Howard University

10:40-10:50

BREAK

Session IICHAIR: Samuel Wilson, NIEHS, NIH
10:50-11:20

Functional Genomics of Paraoxonase (PON1) Polymorphisms
Clement Furlong, University of Washington

11:20-11:50

Gene-Environment Interaction Related to Alcohol Use and Its Consequences
David Crabb, Indiana University

11:50-12:20

Gene-Environment Interactions in BRCA Related Breast Cancer
Mary-Claire King, University of Washington

12:20- 12:50

Gene-Environment Interactions in Human Leukemia
Martyn Smith, University of California at Berkeley

12:50-1:30Audience Participation and Discussion



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