Experts to share biotech future world

November 02, 2000

ROCKVILLE, Md. --A child born in 2010 should benefit from better health and disease diagnosis, improved foods, more efficient clean up of toxin spills, and a more "realistic" view of evolution, thanks to the current revolution in applying biotechnology to the flood of new gene sequencing data. Leading experts will discuss what's in store for the 2010 genomic generation at a special symposium, "Advancing the Frontiers of Biotechnology" at the University System of Maryland's Shady Grove Campus (directions below), 8:30 a.m., November 9.

The free symposium will be held in honor of the inauguration of Jennie Hunter-Cevera, Ph.D., as the second president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) on November 10, also at USM, Shady Grove.

"It is indeed an honor for UMBI to host such a distinguished group of speakers (list below) in the heart of Maryland's "Genomic Junction" who will discuss the future of biotechnology," says Hunter-Cevera. She was most recently head of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology and director of the Department of Environmental Biology and Biochemistry for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California.

At the inaugural symposium, experts will discuss likely changes for the post-2010 "genomics" generation, including: Speakers will include: Daniel Drell Human Genome Program, U.S. Department of Energy; Martin Rosenberg, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals; Olli Kallioniemi, National Human Genome Research, NIH; Kieran Breen, Dundee Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of Dundee, Scotland; Hoi-Ying Holman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California; George Garrity, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University; Tom Jeffries, Institute for Microbial and Biochemical Technology, Forest Products Laboratory, U. S. Department of Agriculture; Ann Vidaver, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
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Directions to USM, Shady Grove (12 miles Northeast of Washington, D.C.): from Interstate 95 (695), the Capital Beltway: I-270 north to exit 8, Shady Grove Road west. Follow 1.5 miles. Cross Darnestown Road. Turn right onto Gudelsky Way and take immediate left to Gudelsky Drive. Follow to parking area. Visit the UMBI inaugural page at www.umbi.umd.edu.

University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute

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