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Genomics and the Future of Public Health Symposium

May 5, 2003

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Symposium Description

CDC's Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention is planning a one-day symposium to discuss the implications of human genome discoveries for public health. The symposium will mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA and the completion of the sequencing of the human genome in 2003. It will also celebrate the five-year anniversary of the first national conference on genetics and public health. The symposium will highlight how human genetic discoveries add to our knowledge of human health and how this knowledge can be translated into opportunities for disease prevention. Speakers will review the current state of genomics and public health and identify immediate challenges and future opportunities. The symposium is intended to create a setting for participants to interact, share experiences, and plan for the future of genomics and public health.

The target audience is primarily public health professionals and allied health professionals concerned with disease prevention and population health.

Topics for speakers and discussion will include updates on human genome discoveries, implications of the human genome project for public health training and practice, and the ethical, legal and social implications of genomics in public health.


  1. Distinguished speakers
  2. Audience and panel discussions
  3. Poster displays highlighting CDC and other public health activities in genomics
  4. May 6, 2003, Human Genome Epidemiology (HuGE) Workshop
    (Requires separate registration)
Symposium Agenda
8:30-9:45 CDC Posters and Exhibits Auditorium A
10:00–10:20 Welcome and Introduction Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Session I Moderator: Julie Gerberding
10:20–11:20 The Human Genome Project
and Human Health
Francis Collins, MD, PhD
Director, National
Human Genome Research Institute
11:20-12:00 Genomics and the Health of the Public David Satcher, MD, PhD
Former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Poster Display
Session II Moderator: Tim Baker
Deputy Director, CDC/Office Of Genomics and Disease Prevention
1:30-2:00 Genomics and Public Health Challenges Today Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH Washington State Health Officer
2:00-2:30 Genomics and Public Health Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Toby Citrin, JD
Director, University of Michigan Center for Genomics and Public Health
Session III Moderator: Muin J. Khoury, MD, PhD
CDC/Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention
2:45-3:15 Panel Discussion CIO Directors
James Marks, MD, MPH
Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

James Hughes, MD
Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases

Coleen Boyle, PhD
Associate Director for Science Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

3:15-4:00 Closing Keynote Lecture Public Health Preparedness for a Genomic Future William Roper, MD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Page last reviewed: June 8, 2007 (archived document)
Page last updated: November 2, 2007
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