Symposium Touts 'Third New Biology'
Symposium co-chair Aravinda
Chakravarti, director of the Institute of Genetic
PHOTO BY KEITH WELLER
Interdisciplinary research will advance discovery,
By Greg Rienzi
Six of the world's most notable scientists will
convene at a Johns Hopkins-hosted symposium later this
month in celebration of interdisciplinary research and the
recognition that science and medicine have entered a period
that will increasingly see the coupling of chemistry and
mathematics with biology.
The symposium, Toward the Third New Biology, is
co-sponsored by the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic
Medicine, with additional support from the
for Cell Engineering and the
School of Medicine. The all-day event, to be held Jan.
28 in the Wood Basic Science Auditorium on the East
Baltimore campus, will feature discussions on some of the
latest discoveries in multidisciplinary genetic research
and a talk titled "Genomic and Human Rights."
Aravinda Chakravarti, director of the Institute of
Genetic Medicine and co-chair of the event, said that the
symposium provides a time to reflect on all the recent
growth and activity at Johns Hopkins, which can be traced
to the creation of several multidisciplinary institutes,
including Genetic Medicine, Basic Biomedical Sciences, Cell
Engineering and the new Johns Hopkins Heart Institute.
"These days, it's often not enough to be just a
physicist, just a chemist, just a cell biologist. We need
to work together to solve problems," Chakravarti said. "We
certainly can't throw away the classic divisions, but by
creating these new entities, it brings in people from all
of the otherwise traditional departments."
Co-chair Steve Desiderio, director
of the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences.
PHOTO BY KEITH WELLER
In recent years, Chakravarti said, the computational
sciences and chemistry have taken on a much greater
prominence in biology by providing tools that have both
sped up and enhanced the research and clinical process.
"We are coming into a stage of tremendous interaction
between math, chemistry and biology — and biology's
third and most productive period," he said. "Notably, we
now have a list of all the genomes — the parts list
— so the next step is to figure out what they all do
and how they work."
Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO
of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will open the event, whose
keynote speakers are David Baltimore, California Institute
of Technology; Stuart Schreiber, Harvard University; John
Kuriyan, Uni-versity of California, Berkeley; Cornelia
Bargmann, Rockefeller University; Mary-Claire King,
University of Washington; and Sydney Brenner, Molecular
The symposium's other co-chair is Steve Desiderio,
director of the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences and
professor of molecular biology and genetics.
A reception will follow the symposium, which is open
to the public but targeted to students, postdoctoral
fellows and faculty in the medical and basic sciences. For
more information, contact Joanna Downer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Toward the Third New Biology'
A Celebration of Interdisciplinary
Friday, January 28
Wood Basic Science Auditorium, East Baltimore
10:30-10:45 a.m. Opening remarks, Edward Miller,
dean of the School of Medicine
10:45-11:30 a.m. David Baltimore, California
Institute of Technology:
"NF-B: Specificity Hidden in Apparent Generality"
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Stuart Schreiber, Harvard
"Small Molecules, Small-molecule Screens and ChemBank"
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30-2:15 p.m. John Kuriyan, University of
"Regulatory Mechanisms in the Src and Abl Tyrosine
2:15-3 p.m. Cornelia Bargmann, Rockefeller
"Oxygen Sensation and the Genetics of Natural Behavior"
3-3:30 p.m. Coffee break
3:30-4:15 p.m. Mary-Claire King, University of
"Genomics and Human Rights"
4:15-5 p.m. Sydney Brenner, Molecular Sciences
"The Next Steps in Human Genetics"
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