UCSD Gathers World Experts to Salute a Decade of Genome Sequencing

San Diego, CA, December 1, 2005 -- Calit2 is co-sponsoring a one-day symposium, "Celebrating a Decade of Genome Sequencing," featuring talks by leaders in the field of genomics from around the world.

Genome Conference
Genome sequencing symposium will celebrate 10 years of sequencing advances

The symposium's co-sponsors also include the UCSD School of Medicine, UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the J. Craig Venter Institute, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on December 6 at the Price Center Ballroom on UCSD's campus in La Jolla.

The program will feature talks by world-renowned scientists including J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., and Nobel Laureates Hamilton Smith, Ph.D. from the J. Craig Venter Institute and Sydney Brenner, Ph.D., of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Other UCSD speakers will include Calit2 director Larry Smarr, and School of Medicine professor Susan Taylor, who will chair the afternoon session.

Joined by many other influential scientists who play key roles in shaping the field of genomics, they will share their thoughts on past and present achievements. The primary focus of the symposium will be on future opportunities and challenges in this dynamic field. Smarr's talk will focus on "Building an Information Infrastructure to Support Genetic Sciences."

"It has been only ten years since scientists began sequencing the simplest genomes," said Jack Dixon, Ph.D., Dean of Scientific Affairs for the School of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology at UCSD, who will chair the morning's sessions.  "No one would have thought that the world of science would move this far, this fast.  The impact of genome sequencing on physicians and scientists is just beginning to change the face of medicine and change our lives.  The question now is, where do we go with all of this information?"

Dixon added that the speakers at the December 6 symposium represent "wizards" in genomic sequencing, whose expertise ranges from evolution to bacterial pathogens.  Leading research institutions including UCSD, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Germany's Max Planck Institute and Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology will be represented at the podium, and more than 700 scientists are expected to attend. The symposium is by invitation, and all attendees are asked to register in advance at the event website (see Related Links below). The site includes details of the day's agenda and biographies of the 14 participating speakers.

Related Links
Celebrating a Decade of Genome Sequencing Website