Tuesday, May 2, 2023

22nd Annual James Neel M.D. Lecture in Human Genetics

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB)

This annual lectureship honors James V. Neel, M.D., Ph.D., a pioneer in the study of human genetics and one of the first to foresee its importance in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. presents "Creating the Fourth Chapter of Human Genomics" at the 22nd Annual James V. Neel Lecture. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 | 12:00 - 3:00PM

12:00P Lecture - Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB)

2:00P Poster Session & Reception - Seminar Rooms ABC, Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB)

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Keynote Speaker - Bio

Dr. Eric Green is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is the third NHGRI director, having been appointed by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in 2009.

Dr. Green has been at the Institute for more than 25 years, during which he has had multiple key leadership roles. He served as the Institute’s scientific director for 7 years, chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch for 13 years, and founding director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center for 12 years.

For just over two decades, Dr. Green directed an independent research program that included integral start-to-finish roles in the Human Genome Project and groundbreaking work on mapping, sequencing, and characterizing mammalian genomes.

Dr. Green earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 from Washington University in St. Louis; coincidentally, the word “genomics” was coined in that same year. During his career, Dr. Green has authored and co-authored over 380 scientific publications.

Annual Lecture

James Van Gundia Neel, M.D. (1915-2000) was a pioneer in developing human genetics research, having founded the first Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in 1956, and chaired the Department for 25 years (1956-1984). He received the Lasker Award for establishing the genetic inheritance of thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. He was also well-known for assessing the effects of radiation on survivors of the atomic bombing in Japan during World War II, studying Amerindian populations, and conceptualizing the thrifty gene hypothesis. Dr. Neel was President of the American Society of Human Genetics in 1954 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1971.

James V. Neel Lecturers

  • 2022 Hopi E. Hoekstra
  • 2021 Stuart H. Orkin
  • 2020 Canceled
  • 2019 James Lupski
  • 2018 Uta Francke
  • 2017 Neil J. Risch
  • 2016 Andrew G. Clark
  • 2015 Haig H. Kazazian, Jr.
  • 2014 Richard P. Lifton
  • 2013 Huntington F. Willard
  • 2012 Mary-Claire King
  • 2011 David Page
  • 2010 David Botstein
  • 2009 Aravinda Chakravarti
  • 2008 Janet Rowley
  • 2007 Joseph Goldstein
  • 2006 Newton Morton
  • 2005 Charles Scriver
  • 2004 Arno Motulsky
  • 2003 James Crow
  • 2002 L.L. Cavalli-Sforza
  • 2001 Jack Schull