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S20B06 This Is Us IV: Know Thyself

Dates: April 6, 2020

Meets: M from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: JMU Ice House Room 104

Registration Fee: $10.00

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Know Thyself - How Precision Medicine is changing the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Disease

Precision medicine refers to the customization of healthcare to explicitly incorporate our personal genetic makeup. Whereas a certain drug may be a silver bullet for one person, another person with the exact same disease may be unaffected by that drug or even killed by it. How can that be? The ~20,000 genes within our DNA differ by ~0.1% among individuals, but it is those differences that control our individual disease susceptibility and how we personally react to drugs, to the diet we eat, to stress, and even to exercise. We will learn about current strategies to personalize disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, given the recent advances in genomic sequencing, and how we may benefit from this new approach to maximize our own wellness.

Anne Henriksen is Faculty Emerita at James Madison University, where she was a professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department for 19 years. Dr. Henriksen came to JMU from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was a staff scientist for ten years. She received a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Virginia and an MBA in management science from the University of New Mexico. She has spent the last nine years studying neuroscience, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Her personal interest is understanding the important role of sex steroid hormones in the brain during all stages of life.
Fee: $10.00
Hours:10.00

JMU Ice House Room 104

127 W Bruce St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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