Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CEO of Jackson Lab to Speak at Middlesex Chamber May Breakfast

Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory TO SPEAK AT MIDDLESEX CHAMBER’S MAY BREAKFAST

middlesexcounty.liveeditaurora.com(Middletown, CT.) Chairman Vincent Capece of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced that Edison Liu, M.D., president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory will serve as guest speaker at the chamber’s Member Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

This event, sponsored by Farmington Bank, will be held at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell, with networking beginning at 7:00 a.m., breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m., and meeting program 8:00-9:00 a.m.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on mammalian genetics research to advance human health. Their mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The Jackson Laboratory's research institute in Connecticut is transforming medicine by improving care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. Scientists in Connecticut research the complex genetic causes of disease and develop genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine draws on the Laboratory’s eight decades of research in mammalian genetics in partnership with the clinical expertise of Connecticut’s universities and hospitals. JAX Genomic Medicine sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Within 10 years, it will house 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.

Source: www.jax.org

Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “Our chamber supported this major economic development and research initiative for our state, and we look forward to hearing Dr. Liu’s remarks about the progress they are making in Farmington. I would like to thank him for visiting with our group, and Farmington Bank for sponsoring the event.”

Advance registration required, please register online: www.middlesexchamber.com.

ABOUT EDISON T. LIU, M.D.

Dr. Liu is the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011), and was the president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) from 2007-2013. Between 1997 and 2001, he was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Clinical Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where he was in charge of the intramural clinical translational science programs.

From 1987 to 1996, Dr. Liu was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer; the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC's School of Public Health; chief of Medical Genetics; and the chair of the Correlative Science Committee of the national cooperative clinical trials group, CALGB. Dr. Liu is an international expert in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics, molecular epidemiology and translational medicine.

Dr. Liu's own scientific research has focused on the functional genomics of human cancers, particularly breast cancer, uncovering new oncogenes, and deciphering on a genomic scale the dynamics of gene regulation that modulate cancer biology. He has authored over 300 scientific papers and reviews, and co-authored two books. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology, as well as his M.D., at Stanford University. He served his internship and residency at Washington University's Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, followed by an oncology fellowship at Stanford. From 1982 to 1987 he was at the University of California, San Francisco, at the G.W. Hooper

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