The fifth annual Jeffrey M.Trent Lecture in Cancer Research was held on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Presented by Eric S. Lander, Ph.D., founding director of the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, the lecture was presented at Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Building 10 on the NIH campus.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Lander and colleagues have developed many of the key tools and generated many of the key information resources of modern mammalian genomics. They have also applied these tools and data to pioneer new ways to understand the basis of disease. Their work includes mapping and sequencing of the human, mouse, and other genomes; understanding the functional elements encoded in genomes through cooperative analysis; understanding the genetic variation in the human population and its relationship to disease susceptibility; understanding the distinctive cellular signatures of diseases and of response to drugs; and understanding the mutations underlying cancer. They have also developed new analytical and laboratory techniques for genomics, which have been applied to a wide range of common diseases, including cancer, diabetes, inflammatory diseases and many other genetic illnesses.
Dr. Trent was the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) founding Scientific Director, serving in this role for more than nine years. His leadership and vision was instrumental in establishing NHGRI's Division of Intramural Research as one of the premier research programs in the world devoted to genetics and genomics. In recognition of his significant contributions to the research environment at NIH, NHGRI established the annual Jeffrey M. Trent Lecture in Cancer Research in 2003. This lecture is given by a prominent cancer researcher who brings the kind of energy, creativity and enthusiasm to cancer research that Dr. Trent has exemplified throughout his career.
Last Updated: March 23, 2012