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2010 Talks@12

December 9, 2010
Twists of Fate

Today, much of medicine is limited by a one-size-fits-all approach. Recent advances point to a day, however, when medicine will be increasingly customized to each patient’s individual needs. Learn from three of Harvard Medical School’s premier leaders in the field about how personalized medicine is expected to transform healthcare delivery.

Jeffrey S. Flier – Introduction
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Raju Kucherlapati, PhD – What is personalized medicine, and how does it affect our health?
Paul C. Cabot Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine

Daniel Haber, MD, PhD – Applying genetically directed therapies for cancer
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Isselbacher/Schwartz Professor of Oncology

Ting Wu, PhD – Unraveling the ethical twists of fate
Professor of Genetics

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October 27, 2010
How Vaccines Work

Take a look at how your immune system can tell friend from foe and how vaccines disarm microbial invaders.  See real-time movies of immune cells activating in living tissues.

David Golan – Introduction
Dean for Graduate Education

John Mekalanos, PhD – Introduction to the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Adele Lehman Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology

Darren Higgins, PhD – How do vaccines protect us?
Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology

Ulrich von Andrian, PhD, MD – Our dynamic immune system
Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Professor of Immunopathology

David Knipe, PhD – How do we turn a pathogen into a vaccine?
Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Chair, Harvard Virology Program

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September 21, 2010
How to Create Life

Ever wonder how far science can go? Is it possible to create new biological functions not found in nature? Learn about the emerging science of synthetic biology from two of Harvard Medical School’s leaders in the field.

William W. Chin – Introduction
Executive Dean for Research

George Church, PhD
Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics

Pam Silver, PhD
Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology

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