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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.

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The 6th Annual Genetics Symposium
NEUROGENETICS


The 6th Annual Genetics Symposium
NEUROGENETICS

8:30

Breakfast

12:35

Lunch and Poster Viewing

9:00

WELCOME REMARKS
Daniel J. Rader, M.D.
Chair, Department of Genetics
J. Larry Jameson, M.D.
EVP, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
Dean, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine

2:00

Ian D. Krantz, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Russ P. Carstens, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Douglas J. Epstein, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics
ESRP1 mutations link alternative splicing, auditory development, & deafness

9:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Chair, Department of Neuroscience, UT Southwestern
Genetic analysis of circadian and complex behavior

2:35

Mariella De Biasi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Functional Studies of Nicotine Dependence

10:00

Amita Sehgal, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Circadian control of rest:activity behavior

3:00

Gerard D. Schellenberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Multiple approaches to resolving neurodegenerative disease genetics

10:25

Thomas A. Jongens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Genetics
Fragile X and the Insulin Pathway

3:25

Alice S. Chen-Plotkin, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
What to do after the GWAS: TMEM106B in frontotemporal dementia

10:50

Coffee Break

3:50

Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

11:10

David R. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Robert B. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Advances in the understanding of Friedreich Ataxia

4:10

POSTER AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

11:45

Eric D. Marsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology, CHOP
Manipulating ARX to elucidate network dysfunction in the early onset severe epilepsies

4:15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Monica J. Justice, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Head, Program in Genetics and Genome Biology,
Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
A mouse genetic suppressor screen points to metabolic defects in Rett Syndrome

12:10

TOM KADESCH PRIZE PRESENTATION
Judy I-Ting Wang
Genetic Dissection of CDKL5 Disorder

5:10

Conclusion

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".

We are pleased to announce that this year's Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetic Research will be awarded to Judy I-Ting Wang. Judy is a current student in the Neuroscience graduate group (NGG), and is performing thesis work in the lab of Dr. Zhaolan Zhou. Her research focuses on pathogenic mechanisms by which mutations in CDKL5 lead to autism spectrum disorder. She developed and characterized the first Cdkl5 knockout mouse model, and she identified multiple signal transduction pathways that are disrupted in this model. She then went on to make conditional Cdkl5 knockouts to tease apart distinct roles of Cdkl5 in excitatory vs. inhibitory neurons. These projects resulted in first-author publications in PNAS and Neurobiology of Disease, with others still in the works. In addition to her research accomplishments, Judy has been an impressive university and community citizen. She has mentored students in the lab (including one undergraduate who became a co-author on a paper), worked as a teaching assistant, and participated throughout her graduate career in numerous outreach activities such as Kids Judge Neuroscience, Upward Bound and Brain Bee.

The Kadesch prize will be presented to Ms. Wang at the upcoming Genetics Symposium on November 3, 2014. In addition to receiving a $1000 cash prize, Ms. Wang will speak about her research at the Symposium. Please join us in congratulating her and make plans to attend the award ceremony and Symposium on November 3.