Attend the Genetic Update Conference at GVSU with Dr. Sam Rhine  November 19
On Monday, November 19, 2012, the Regional Math and Science Center at GVSU will host the Genetic Update Conference featuring the internationally known lecturer, Dr. Sam Rhine. Dr. Rhine is a physician who graduated from the Harvard Medical School and Indiana University's School of Medicine. For the past 30 plus years, he has devoted himself to genetics education, developing student programs for high school Biology, AP Biology, and other life science courses. His one-day conferences are designed to teach the latest in genetics advances and active research areas.
Date: Monday, November 19, 2012 Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m., Program: 9:00 a.m.  1:00 p.m. Location: Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus. This year Dr. Rhine will discuss the following topics with students and their teachers: I. Health Updates

  • Most Cytogenetic and Mendelian human conditions are relatively rare.
  • We will look at the polygenic nature of common conditions: Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose Level, IQ,
  • And common medical conditions with polygenic etiologies: Hypertension, Obesity, Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Autism Spectrum,
  • We will focus on using the data from the Human Genome Project to locate millions of markers within the genome we can use to find those polygenes and discuss the future use of those markers for personalized medicine.
  • Adult and prenatal screening in the future.....would you want to know?

II. Cloning and Stem Cell Update

  • Reproductive and Therapeutic Cloning Technology.
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / Adult Stem Cells /induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.
  • Utilization of these cells for: disease modeling, disease therapy screening, replacement and regenerative medicine.
  • Use of Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells from bone marrow or adipose tissue as cellular 'pharmacies' to deliver therapeutic trophic factors with no rejection.
  • Cancer Stem Cells - when the founder cell is a stem cell - cancer tumor genesis and therapy!

This Genetic Update Conference for area high school biology students and their teachers. The cost is $20 per person. To pre-register and more information go to: . Grand Valley State University faculty members and GVSU students are welcome to attend this lecture free of charge as their schedule permits.

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