The Department of Genetics and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are hosting the Genetics of Neuroscience Symposium on Monday, November 3, 2014. The goals of the symposium are to expose the Penn scientific community to the outstanding work going on in Penn laboratories and to facilitate a sense of community among investigators who share an interest in the field of genetics.

Joseph S. Takahashi PhD
Joseph Takahashi is the Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience, an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His research interests are the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks, neuroscience, and the genetic basis of behavior. Dr. Takahashi pioneered the use of genetics in the mouse as a tool for discovery of genes underlying neurobiology and behavior.

Monica J. Justice PhD
Monica Justice is Senior Scientist and Head of the Program in Genetics and Genome Biology at The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. A pioneer in the field of mouse mutagenesis, her research aims to merge mouse modeling with clinical genetics to understand the basis for human diseases, and to use mouse models to ameliorate disease symptoms. Current efforts focus on a genetic suppressor screen in a model for Rett Syndrome to identify alternative pathways for therapeutic intervention.

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