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SC 212 TOPICS IN GENETICS

Applying the science of genetics to the care and treatment of older adults promises to revolutionize our quality of life and extend the human lifespan. This class will explore how genetics is connected to the aging process and how genetics-fueled precision medicine is beginning to be used prior to treatment, to reduce mortality and improve patient outcomes. This class will arm you with knowledge about a new set of tools, possibly leading to a better dialog with your everyday and critical care health providers.

Tuesday, April 25: New Frontiers in Genetics and Precision Medicine

Hosted by leaders from one of America’s fastest growing private biotechnology companies, this discussion will highlight the link between genetics and individualized care. By evaluating genetic variations along with clinical data, the speakers will provide insights about how a deeper understanding of individual characteristics is leading to better patient outcomes. In this discussion, attendees will get an inside perspective about how precision medicine is changing the lives of people across the country.

Presenters: Kirt Pfaff, Vice President of Commercial Operations, PROOVE, Brian Meshkin, Founder and CEO, PROOVE, May Hafez, MD, Manager Of Clinical Operations and Science Liaison, PROOVE.

Tuesday, May 2: The Place of Genetics in Aging

  • Gene environment interactions and aging.
  • Changes in genes and gene expression with aging
  • Connections between rare genetic disorders and age-related brain disorders.

Presenter: Moyra Smith, Ph.D. University College, London;  MD, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, UCI.

Class Presentation: Genetic Factors in Aging Version 2

The following are the books/authors Dr. Smith referenced in the class:

  • Lewis Thomas who has written several books with interesting essays.
  • Sherwin Nuland who wrote several books including, “The Art of Aging.”
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (Jan 10, 1995) by Stephen L. Wolfe
  • Introduction to Cell Biology (1st Edition) by John K Young

Class Video Lecture:

Developers: Yves Newmen and Marj Besemer

Dates/Times:

Tuesday, April 25

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, May 2

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

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