2015-2016 Personal Genomic Medicine Series

Personal Genomic Medicine

This year's series is being organized by Professor Kelley Thomas, Director of the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies and Professor Rick Cote, Chair of the Department of Molecular Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. 

With the success of the Human Genome Project and advances that permit individuals to have their genetic code determined, the era of personal genomics is already upon us. Leading scholars representing multiple areas of human genome and microbiome research will outline and navigate the current state of knowledge. The series will explain how the genomic revolution will affect our lives, and will stimulate debate of the scientific, medical, ethical, legal, and societal implications of sequencing human genomes. 

The following talks have been scheduled.  Please check back for final locations, times, and talk descriptions.


Gut Feelings: How the Microbiome Influences Behavior
October 14, 2015
3:10-4:00 in MUB Theater I

Dr. Jane A. Foster, Brain-Body Institute, McMaster University

Personalized Medicine: Using Omics and Big Data to Understand Disease and Manage Health
December 7, 2015
3:10-4:00 in MUB Theater I

Dr. Michael Snyder, Director, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personal Medicine

Implementing ‘Precision’ Medicine: Ethical Concerns in a Postgenomic World
February 10, 2016

Dr. Barbara Koenig, Institute for Health and Aging, UCSF

The Dog Genome: Shedding Light on Human Diseases
March 9, 2016

Dr. Elaine Ostrander, Head of Comparative Genetics, NIH

Probing Human Ancestry with Ancient DNA
April 27, 2016

Dr. John Hawks, University of Wisconsin

The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1965 in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the series is to offer the University community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs.