Cell Symposia: Genetics and Chemistry Sharing a Language of Discovery

Genetics and Chemistry
Sharing a Language of Discovery

May 23 – 25, 2012
Boston Marriott Cambridge, Cambridge, MA, USA

Keynote Speakers

Gary Gilliland, Merck & Co., USA
Eric Green, National Human Genome Research Institutes, USA

Confirmed Speakers

David Altshuler, Broad Institute, USA
William Balch, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Tom Blundell, University of Cambridge, UK
James Bradner, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
Andrea Califano, Columbia University, USA
Benjamin Cravatt, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Richard Gilbertson, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Peter Jackson, Genentech, USA
Jan Korbel, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany
Randall Peterson, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Lalita Ramakrishnan, University of Washington, USA
Stuart Schreiber, Broad Institute, USA
Susan Slaugenhaupt, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Ashok Venkitaraman, University of Cambridge, UK
Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany
Xun Xu, BGI, China

Organizing Committee

Milka Kostic, Chemistry & Biology and Structure
Stuart Schreiber, Broad Institute, USA
Lara Szewczak, Cell

These days, genome sequencing is becoming cheaper and more accessible by the hour. This wealth of human DNA sequence data offers insight into genomic structure and organization as well as clues to how disease states like cancer alter and are altered by DNA. This meeting will look at interpreting this information, appreciating its implications for basic cellular mechanisms and using this resource to inform therapies to promote human health. Two fields are uniquely positioned to foster this process – human genetics and chemical biology, and this meeting will highlight the growing intersections between the fields. Speakers from diverse disciplines will present recent advances in human genome analysis with an emphasis on disease states, look at how genetics informs basic cell biology and how it is transforming medicine. They will highlight recent progress in using chemical approaches to develop small molecule tools and drug discovery leads that will aid in translating the language of genetics into the language of pharmacology and medicine. The meeting aims to encourage collaboration between the fields and form a community, speaking a shared language that can drive discovery.

Session topics will include:

  • Language of Chemistry
  • Language of Genetics
  • Moving from Genetics to Targets
  • Bridging from Targets to Drugs
  • The Frontier for Discovery

Organized by

Cell Symposia - Elsevier

Supporting Publications

Chemistry & Biology
Trends in Molecular Medicine
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Trends in Genetics
Molecular Cell