SOT 51st Annual Meeting Landmark Presentation to Bruce Ames, Plenary Opening, and Keynote Medical Research Councils Lectures are Posted on the SOT Website
Attendees at the 2012 Annual Meeting, March 11–15, 2012, in San Francisco, California, were fortunate to hear brief remarks by Bruce Ames regarding his landmark achievement of the “Ames Test” as well as to experience presentations by two internationally recognized scientists, Plenary Opening Lecturer Leroy Hood and Keynote Medical Research Council (MRC) Lecturer Witold Filipowicz. You can relive the experience of hearing their remarks and, if you were not able to attend the meeting, you will be reminded of why this year’s conference and exposition attracted 7,300 scientists from around the globe.
Nearly 4,000 scientists were present for the Plenary “Systems Medicine, Systems Toxicology, Transformational Technologies and the Revolution from Reactive to Proactive (P4) Medicine.” SOT 2011–2012 President Jon Cook introduced Dr. Hood, who along with his colleagues, developed the DNA sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer—four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping of the human genome. Dr. Hood’s accomplishments are many, including the concept of the 4Ps in medicine—Predictive, Preventive, Personalized, and Participatory—which lead to Dr. Hood’s receipt of the prestigious 2011 Russ Prize, awarded by the Academy of Engineering. Access the Plenary video.
It was standing room only at the MRC “Role of microRNAs in Control of Gene Expression in Human Physiology and Pathology.” Introduced by incoming SOT 2012-2013 President William Slikker, Jr, Dr. Filipowicz’s lecture provided current knowledge about the mechanism of miRNA-mediated repression of gene expression, procedures to identify miRNA targets, as well as a role of miRNAs in selected human pathologies and the use of miRNA profiling as a diagnostic tool in human diseases and in tissue and cell injuries. View this MRC lecture.