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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History HOT Topic

Your Microbiome is a Part of this Microbial Planet - Dr. Lisa Proctor, Ph.D.

Smithsonian Hot Topic - Lita Proctor, Ph.D.

Join us for a stimulating discussion as NGHRI partners with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) for their HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic public forum series.

This National DNA Day event will take place Friday, April 27th, 2018. This year's speaker is NHGRI's own program director in the Division of Genome Sciences, Lita M. Proctor, Ph.D. Dr. Proctor's discussion topic is "Your Microbiome is a Part of this Microbial Planet".

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: One Species Theater, Hall of Human Origins

Free: No advance reservation or ticket required

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April 20 and April 23-27, 2018

Reddit AMAs.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will launch the National DNA Day Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) Series on Friday, April 20, continuing each week day until Friday, April 27, 2018, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Genomics experts will answer questions at the Reddit Science community forum, "/r/Science". A Reddit AMA is an opportunity to ask interesting individuals questions about anything and everything.

Series Events

MicrobiomeFriday, April 27, 2018
The Rob Dunn Lab
"The wonderful world of microbes"

Microbes live everywhere and are linked to everything we do. The Dunn Lab aims to tell the stories of the small microbes - whether on our bodies, in our bellies, under our beds or in our backyards - that humans interact with every day. The ecology and evolution of these microbes in our private places has barely been explored. This AMA describes tackling the unknown with the help of the public through citizen science research. Ask your questions about all things microbes!

Join the conversation here at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Cell AtlasThursday, April 26, 2018
Human Cell Atlas Organizing Committee
"The Human Cell Atlas"

Cells are the most fundamental unit of life, yet we know surprisingly little about them. A complete understanding of human cells could give us a unique "ID card" for each cell type, a three-dimensional map of how cell types work together to form tissues, and provide insight into how changes in the map underlie health and disease. The Human Cell Atlas, a project spearheaded by Dr. Aviv Regev, seeks to create comprehensive reference maps of all human cells. Ask your questions about The Human Cell Atlas during this AMA!

Bench to Bedside to Business

A Talk on Startups in Science

Your Microbiome is a Part of this Microbial Planet - Dr. Lisa Proctor, Ph.D.

NHGRI will host its annual National DNA Day Speaker Series with special guest speaker Olivier Noel, M.D., Ph.D., DNAsimple CEO and featured on ABC's Shark Tank.

Dr. Olivier's discussion topic is entrepreneurship and startups in science. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium (Bldg. 38A).

Light refreshments will be provided after the talk and Q&A.

More about Dr. Olivier Noel:
Dr. Noel is the founder and CEO of DNAsimple, a startup company that helps accelerate genetic research by connecting DNA donors with research scientists.

Dr. Noel grew up in Haiti and moved to Queens, New York at age 18 after completing high school. He graduated from Queens College in New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and honors in biomedical science research in 2011. His undergraduate research studies were with Dr. Nathalia G. Holtzman and he was an American Heart Association and National Institute of Health MARC fellow.

Dr. Noel went on to the Penn State University MSTP M.D./Ph.D. program and recently defended his thesis on "Bile acids signaling and the regulation of complement proteins."

YouTube video Bench to Bedside to Business: A Talk on Startups in Science

Genetic CounselorWednesday, April 25, 2018
The National Society of Genetic Counselors
"Ask a genetic counselor"

Genetic counseling helps people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Genetic counseling integrates:

  • The interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • The education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
  • The counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.

The National Society of Genetic Counselors is a resource for patients, prospective students and healthcare providers interested in learning more about genetic counseling and will be on hand to answer your questions during this AMA.

Ancient DNATuesday, April 24, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics researchers
Jesus Maldonado, Ph.D. and
Nancy Rotzel McInerney, B.S.
"Ancient DNA and conservation genomics"

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics works to understand and conserve biodiversity through application of genomics and genetics approaches. Scientists creatively apply genetic theory and methods to gain knowledge about the evolutionary and life histories of animals, to understand the importance of genetic variation to their survival, and to identify the methods needed to sustain them in human care and in the wild. During this AMA, ask your questions about using genomics and ancient DNA towards a better understanding of our natural world's past, present and future!

Personal GeneticsMonday, April 23, 2018

Representatives from Personal Genetics Companies
"Personal genetics and you"

Fifteen years after the completion of the Human Genome Project, we're now at a time when taking a detailed look at our genome can be sequenced as easily as ordering a kit online, spitting into a tube or swabbing the inside of the cheek and sending it off through the mail to a lab. Personal genetics companies are using these at-home, genetic-testing kits to help people access and understand their genome. The market for at-home genetic testing is ever-growing and can offer different aspects about what makes you, you! This AMA will answer your questions on what you can learn from your genome at home.

"The future of precision medicine"

Francis CollinsFriday, April 20, 2018
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

The former director of the NHGRI, Dr. Collins earned a reputation as a gene hunter at the University of Michigan and subsequently lead the successful completion of the Human Genome Project 15 years ago. Now, in his current role as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Collins manages the NIH's efforts in building innovative enterprises, such as the All of Us Research Program. This AMA will focus on Dr. Collins' experiences during the Human Genome Project and how he envisions the future of precision medicine.

Last Updated: February 5, 2019