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SWIU and SBUR have a common interest in recognizing female scientists with an accomplished background of basic science urological research. This award represents the collaborative efforts of these two societies toward their common goals.

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Bocce Ball, Frisbee, Kickball, Tug-of-War, and much more!

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Food starts at ~ 5:00pm
Games starts at ~ 6:30pm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Red Wooden Shelter
Gallup Park
3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor

The annual retreat for the Genetics Training Program will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 9 am to noon in the Kahn Auditorium, BSRB (Biomedical Science and Research Building) 109 Zina Pitcher Place. At 10 am, Dr. Meisler, Director of the Training Grant from 2000 to 2014, will present the keynote lecture, "Genetic Approaches to Neurological Disease: 20 Years of Student Discoveries."

Miriam Meisler is Professor of Human Genetics and Neurology, and Myron Levine Distinguished University Professor. Her research employs mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying neurological disorders. Her laboratory identified the first human mutations in sodium channels SCN1A and SCN8A responsible for epilepsy and developmental delay, and mutations of phosphlipid metabolism responsible for peripheral nerve disorders and defects in neuronal migration.

Three graduates of the Genetics Training Program who carried out thesis research in the Meisler lab and contributed to the work she will be discussing will also be featured on the program. They will present updates on their current research and career paths since leaving the University of Michigan. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., Nicholas Plummer, Ph.D., Staff Scientist at the NIH/NIEHS in North Carolina, will present "New Mouse Strains for Manipulating Genetically Defined Subpopulations of Central Norepinephrine Neurons"; David Buchner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics at Case Western University, will present "Understanding the Complex Genetic Basis of Obesity and Glucose Homeostasis"; and Janelle O'Brien, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of Iowa, will present "Treatment of Retinal Degeneration in a Mouse Model of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome."

Richard P Lifton, MD, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Genetics at Yale University, will give the fourteenth James V. Neel lecture in Human Genetics. Dr. Lifton’s lecture, “Genes, Genomes and the Future of Medicine” will take place at the University of Michigan on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 10am at the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building, in the D. Dan & Betty Kahn Auditorium, located at 109 Zina Pitcher Place, on the University of Michigan medical campus. A reception and poster session will follow the lecture.

This annual lectureship honors James V. Neel, M.D., Ph.D., a pioneer in the study of human genetics and one of the first to foresee its importance in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. During his 39-year career in the U-M Medical School, Neel established one of the first clinics to evaluate and counsel people with hereditary diseases. In 1956, Neel established the first academic department of human genetics in the United States at the University of Michigan Medical School, which he chaired for 25 years. The Neel Lectureship features an international leader in research who shares their experiences and underscores the importance of research in genetics. The annual event also includes the presentation of the James V. Neel Award, which recognizes the outstanding academic and research achievements of Human Genetics Ph.D. and Genetic Counseling Master's students.

Richard P Lifton MD, PhD
Sterling Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)
Chair, Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Richard Lifton is also the director of the Yale Center for Human Genetics and Genomics.

Dr. Lifton earned his B.A. in biological sciences from Dartmouth College and in 1986 he got his M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital before starting his lab at Yale in 1993. He uses genetic approaches to identify the genes and pathways that contribute to common human diseases, including cardiovascular, renal, and bone disease.

He has been awarded the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for his discovery of genes that are associated with the regulation of blood pressure. In 2014, Dr. Lifton was awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work. He has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator since 1994. He was inducted into the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.