Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) honors the life and legacy of genomics champion Representative Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) - who passed away in March 2018 - by naming an annual National DNA Day lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in her honor.
All times are in ET.
Lipsett Amphitheater and Virtual
April 26, 2024, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Joe Palca, Ph.D.
Former Science Correspondent (1992-2023)
April 25, 2023, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Using the past to understand health disparities in African Americans and the urgency for diversity in genomic databases
April 25, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Carter Clinton, Ph.D.
Departments of Anthropology and Biology
Pennsylvania State University
The Wildlife Detective: A "DNA-driven" journey of koalas, cockatoos and wildlife forensics
April 23, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D.
Member of the Order of Australia
Chief Scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Crossing Cultures: An Exploration of Microbial Music and the Community Bio Movement
April 23, 2019, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET
David Kong, Ph.D.
Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative
MIT Media Lab
Louis M. Slaughter was a strong advocate for genomics research, and her work on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) helped to create protections against genetic discrimination with health insurance and employment. These protections allow patients and research participants to undergo genetic and genomic testing without fear that their results will be used to affect their job or access to health insurance. She was also responsible for passing a 2003 concurrent resolution in the House of Representatives that created National DNA Day, which celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project and the anniversary of the discovery of DNA's iconic structure, the double helix.
As one of the longest-serving leaders of the House of Representatives, Rep. Slaughter was a dedicated public servant. She broke barriers by becoming the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee and was also the only microbiologist in Congress. She received a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in public health from the University of Kentucky.
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Last updated: February 6, 2024