NIEHS Reaches Important Milestone in Characterizing Genes That Influence Human Susceptibility to Environmentally Induced Diseases
||Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Director, and Samuel Wilson, M.D., Deputy Director,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS); also genetic scientists from Howard University
(Washington, DC), Indiana University (Indianapolis), University
of California at Berkeley, University of Utah (Salt Lake City),
University of Washington (Seattle), and Translational Genomics
Research Institute (Phoenix, AZ) and others. Most will be available
for interview following press conference.
||PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF FIRST PHASE OF
ENVIRONMENTAL GENOME PROJECT, a milestone in characterizing
genes that confer susceptibility to such chronic conditions
as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. The projects
results will lead to improved disease prevention and health
||Wednesday, April 16, 2003, 1:30 p.m.
||Lipsett Amphitheater (note restrictions below*)
Clinical Center, Building 10
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
||David Brown, NIEHS,
NIEHS has reached a key milestone: Researchers have resequenced and cataloged 200 environmentally responsive genes, including links to vascular disease and leukemia. At the April 16, 2003, press conference, leading gene researchers will highlight case studies and results to date on discovering DNA variation that are important tools for research on environmentally associated diseases.
To mark the completion of Phase I of the Environmental Genome Project
(EGP) and the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning description
of the DNA double helix, NIEHS is sponsoring a half-day symposium
preceding the press conference. Presenters will discuss specific
EGP efforts as well as the future use of DNA variation in gene-environment
interaction research and its implications for human disease. For
more information: www-apps.niehs.nih.gov/odconfer/gxe/home.htm.
The NIEHS symposium and press conference are linked to the 2-day
major scientific symposium “From Double Helix to Human Sequenceand
Beyond,” hosted by the National Human Genome Research Institute
on April 14 and 15, 2003. For more information: www.genome.gov/about/april2003/.
*Please be advised that NIH is currently enforcing increased security measures.
Please consult the NIH Web site (www.nih.gov/about/visitorsecurity.htm)
for instructions on accessibility and transportation.
Individual interviews can be arranged through NIEHS. Contact David Brown at 919-541-5111.