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Retirement symposium for Dennis Drayna set for May 31

Dennis Drayna

On Friday, May 31, 2019, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will hold a symposium, “Human Genetics and Neurogenomics,” on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The symposium will celebrate the career of Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., chief of the NIDCD Laboratory of Communication Disorders and Section on Genetics of Communication Disorders, who will retire in late June. The seminar is open to the public.

  • What: Human Genetics and Neurogenomics, a symposium in celebration of the career of Dennis Drayna, Ph.D.
  • When: Friday, May 31, 2019, from 12:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Porter Neuroscience Building, building 35A, room 640, NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland

For questions or reasonable accommodation requests, contact Elyssa Monzack, Ph.D.


Friday, May 31, 2019
Time Presentation
12:45-1:00 p.m.

Welcome and introduction
Elyssa Monzack, Ph.D., intramural chief of staff, NIDCD, NIH
Thomas Friedman, Ph.D., chief, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, NIDCD, NIH

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Simon Fisher, D.Phil., director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and professor of language and genetics, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior
Neurogenomics of speech and language disorders

2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:15 p.m.

Ani Manichaikul, Ph.D., assistant professor, Center for Public Health Genomics, and Division of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Genetic and genomic analysis of complex traits in humans

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Neil Risch, Ph.D., director, Institute for Human Genetics, University of California San Francisco
Four decades of human genetics - from positional cloning to GWAS and genome sequencing

4:30 p.m.

Concluding remarks
Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., chief, Laboratory of Communication Disorders, Section on Genetics of Communication Disorders, NIDCD

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