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Annual National DNA Day lecture to honor Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will memorialize the life and legacy of genomics champion Representative Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who passed away in March, by naming an annual National DNA Day lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in her honor.

Congresswoman Slaughter was a strong advocate for genomics research, and her tireless work on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act helps protect Americans from discrimination based on genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment. 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.

The first speaker for the Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture will be Olivier Noel, Ph.D., founder and CEO of DNAsimple, a company designed to connect researchers with individuals interested in participating in genomics research studies. Dr. Noel will be speaking about his experiences in research, medicine and entrepreneurship, as well as the ethical and social implications associated with genomics research.

A meet and greet with Dr. Noel and NHGRI leadership will immediately follow the lecture. Members of the press are invited to attend.

To register to attend in person, sign up on Eventbrite

To learn more about the Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture, visit the National DNA Day events page

Who: Olivier Noel, Ph.D., founder and CEO of DNAsimple

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern

(Reception to immediately follow lecture)


Lister Hill Center Auditorium
National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, NIH Building 38A
Bethesda, MD 20894

Watch the event live:

National DNA Day Facebook Page

Public Livestream

Press: Members of the press interested in attending should contact Kiara Palmer at 301-435-4591, or Kiara.Palmer@nih.gov, for more information and to discuss interview, filming and photography opportunities.

NHGRI is the driving force for advancing genomics research at the National Institutes of Health. By conducting and funding world-class genomics research, training the next generation of genomics experts, and collaborating with diverse communities, NHGRI accelerates scientific and medical breakthroughs that improve human health. Learn more at genome.gov.

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Last updated: April 18, 2018