Symposium to mark National Historic Chemical Landmark


Thursday, November 12, 2009 (10:00am – 5:30pm)


Masur Auditorium, Building 10
NIH Bethesda Campus
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892


A symposium Genes To Proteins: Decoding Genetic Information will be held to mark the designation of the deciphering of the genetic code in the 1960s as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. This work by Dr. Marshall W. Nirenberg and his colleagues in NIDDK and NHLBI earned Nirenberg many honors, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968.

The all-day symposium features summaries of the classical work together with talks on cutting edge research. Speakers include Dr. Philip A. Leder, Dr. Philip A. Sharp, Dr. Keji Zhao, Dr. Robert G. Martin, Dr. Dolph Hatfield, Dr. Raymond F. Gesteland, Dr. John F. Atkins, Dr. C. Thomas Caskey, Dr. Marshall W. Nirenberg, and Dr. J. Craig Venter.

A bronze plaque commemorating the Historic Landmark will be presented to NIH by Dr. Thomas Lane, president of the American Chemical Society.

The symposium and presentation ceremony are open to NIH. No registration is required, however seating will be on a first come basis. The symposium will be videocast. A reception following the program is planned to permit attendees to meet the speakers.

“Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this conference should contact Georgia Baldwin (301-496-5208) and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.”

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