**Please note, for those unable to attend in person, this lecture will be livestreamed here, starting at 6:30 pm ET on Tuesday, April 10.**
One of the most promising avenues for identifying the underlying causes of disease in individual patients lies in the field of genetics and precision medicine. After many years of halting and intermittent progress, the path to comprehensive gene discovery in a broad range of human diseases is now clear, and these findings are now being used as the starting points for the development of new treatments. In this lecture, Dr. David Goldstein will share his progress and recent successes in developing targeted treatments that have fundamentally improved the lives of patients living with devastating disease.
David Goldstein, PhD, is the John E. Borne Professor of Genetics and Development and Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, he was a Professor of Genetics at Duke University and the Director for the Center for Human Genome Variation. He trained in theoretical population genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Goldstein's primary research interests include human genetic diversity, the genetics of disease, and pharmacogenetics. The Goldstein group and collaborators have discovered a number of disease causing genes and syndromes, in particular neurological and infectious diseases.
Dr. Goldstein was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013, received the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy (IPIT) award for clinical services in 2012, and was a recipient of one of the first seven nationally awarded Royal Society/Wolfson research merit awards in the United Kingdom for his work in human population genetics. In 2013, Dr. Goldstein chaired the Gordon Research Conference in Human Genetics, and he is currently serving on the Advisory Council at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.