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Human genome expert to speak on Tuesday

Lecture part of Cutler and Templeton scholars' colloquia
Mar 3, 2010
From staff reports

Bruce J. Aronow, co-director for the Computational Medicine Center at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, will present "What Can Your Genes Do for You?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Walter Hall 145.

A professor of biomedical informatics at the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, Aronow researches how human genomes shape human health and the body's ability to adapt to stressful challenges.

During his talk, Aronow will present new ways to visualize and understand health and disease by looking through the lens of the genome. He will demonstrate how the genome will enable us to predict drugs or environmental factors that could improve health and cure or protect against the occurrence or worsening of different types of diseases.

Herman "Butch" Hill, director of the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program, said the genome topic is one of importance to all people.

"This is the way medicine is going to be practiced in a few years," Hill said. "We all owe it to ourselves to see what it will be like. There will be more targeted drugs. It pays to be an informed patient."

Aronow is the capstone speaker for the Cutler and Templeton scholars' winter quarter colloquia. The scholars began co-hosting colloquia speakers and public research discussions six years ago.

The free lecture is sponsored by the Templeton Scholars, Cutler Scholars, the Bioinformatics Colloquium Series and co-sponsored by the Kennedy Lecture series.

Additional sponsors include the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering program, Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technologies, and Bioinformatics Laboratory; the College
of Arts and Sciences' Molecular and Cellular Biology program and Department of Biological Sciences; the College of Osteopathic Medicine's Department of Biomedical Sciences; the Ohio University Genomics Facility; the Edison Biotechnical Institute; and Diagnostic Hybrids Inc.


Published: Mar 3, 2010 5:46 PM

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