Mario Capecchi will give keynote talk at Smithies Nobel Symposium

Mark your calendars for September 19 at 3 p.m. for a talk by Italian scientist Mario Capecchi, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Martin Evans and our own Oliver Smithies.

Mario Capecchi will give keynote talk at Smithies Nobel Symposium click to enlarge Mario Capecchi, PhD

For the 7th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium, the keynote speaker will be Mario Capecchi, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Utah. Dr. Capecchi won the 2007 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Martin Evans, PhD and our own Oliver Smithies, DPhil, “for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells.”

Dr. Capecchi's keynote lecture will be held at Tuesday September 19 at 3 p.m. in MBRB 2204. A reception will take place afterwards in the MBRB lobby.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Capecchi will participate in a panel discussion on a variety of perspectives regarding “The evolution of scientific research over the last half century.” This panel discussion will include William T. Schrader, PhD, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Ashley Brown, PhD, UNC assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Katie Newhall, PhD, UNC assistant professor of mathematics, Julia S. Kimbell, PhD, UNC associate professor of otolaryngology, and Keith Burridge, PhD, UNC professor of cell biology and physiology. The panel discussion will begin at 11 a.m. in Bondurant G100.

These events are open to the public.

After Oliver Smithies, the late Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, won the Nobel Prize, he used his prize money to fund an annual symposium at UNC featuring lectures by other Nobel Laureates. This will be the first symposium since Dr. Smithies passed away in January.

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