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Date:9/20/2010

rganizer along with Anne Sumner, MD, a clinical investigator at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and professor of medicine at GUMC.

In addition to lectures and panel discussions about issues related to race-based therapeutics, conference speakers and participants will develop recommendations to enhance the development of future research and guide public policy. These recommendations will be presented made at the conclusion of the three-day conference.

This timely and provocative conference is open, at no charge, to students, scientists and fellows from the fields of medicine, ethics, philosophy and law as well as members of the public. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e30q22x9981e0435&llr=6x7gy8dab

Members of the press should register by notifying Karen Mallet at km463@georgetown.edu.

Speakers and topics include:

"Health Disparities in Biomedical Research"
John Ruffin, PhD
Director, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health

"Ethical Issues Surrounding Race-Based Therapeutics"
Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD
Professor, Medical Humanities and History
George Mason University

"The Genetics of Race and Disease: How Important is Race?"
Charles N. Rotimi, PhD
Director, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health
NIH Intramural Center for Genomics and Health Disparities

"The Contributions of Systems Medicine to the Study of Race and Ethnicity"
Howard Federoff, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
Georgetown University Medical Center
Executive Dean
Georgetown University School of Medicine

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Contact: Karen Mallet
km463@georgetown.edu
215-514-9751
Georgetown University Medical Center
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