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Penn Genetics Symposium

The Department of Genetics and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are hosting the Genetics of Neuroscience Symposium on Monday, November 3, 2014. The goals of the symposium are to expose the Penn scientific community to the outstanding work going on in Penn laboratories and to facilitate a sense of community among investigators who share an interest in the field of genetics.

This year's keynote addresses will be presented by

Monica Justice, Ph.D.
Head and Senior Scientist
Genetics & Genome Biology
The Hospital for Sick Children

"A mouse genetic suppressor screen points to metabolic defects in Rett Syndrome"


Joseph Takahashi, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

"Genetic Analysis of Circadian and Complex Behavior"

Kadesch Prize in Genetic Research

In 2011, the Department of Genetics established the "Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics" to honor the legacy of our friend and colleague Dr. Tom Kadesch. Dr. Kadesch was a member of the Genetics department from 1984 until his death in 2011, and served as Interim Chairman for his final 4 years. He was not only an excellent scientist, but also a tremendously dedicated mentor, teacher, and University citizen whose contributions inspired those around him. In his memory, with the help of many generous donors, we were able to set up an endowed fund that will support in perpetuity an annual award to "a graduate student demonstrating excellence in research achievement and citizenship".

Kadesch Prize Application Announcement