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The sequencing of the human genome is hailed as a scientific
breakthrough in that it opens the human genetic blueprint to
investigations of all questions ranging from human origins to the
understanding of our humanity (language, music. mind) and health and
complex diseases. How we differ from each other and from our closest
biological relative (the Chimps), how interactions between genes and
culture have shaped our humanity, how the brain works, what are the
molecular basis of complex diseases, and why we age, are among some of
the important questions that can now be pursued with molecular
technology that is developing at a dizzy pace as a result of the
sequencing of the human genomes.
View a copy of the workshop poster by clicking the image to the left.
Workshop details are located below.
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Department of Biology, McMaster University
Department of Anthropology, McMaster University
Department of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University
The purpose of the proposed summer workshop is to investigate the
link between genomics and the origins and evolution of humans. This
OI workshop will invite a group of 6-8 selected world class
researchers and leaders in the fields of human genomics, evolution and
health. These will be the leaders of a workshop that would attract
other international leaders, as well as the McMaster community to
start developing a major new OI programme in the area of human
origins that is well connected with key international research
efforts. Population genomics, reproductive genomics, molecular
medicine, gene therapy, Stem Cell research, environment and health,
are all areas of research that can benefit from building strength in
human genomics. In a 2-days conference we cannot cover all fields of
interest and therefore it is important that we cover the rapidly
advancing areas of genomics that have direct impact on human origins,
evolution and health.
This workshop, as with the Astrobiology conference held by the OI in
summer 2005, will be a first major step in a two year effort to map
out an exciting programme in human origins that can be proposed to
NSERC and other agencies for major support.
We expect the attendees to arrive on Thursday afternoon/evening, and
after a 2-days of exciting meeting leave on Sunday morning. The
invited speakers will outline the key areas of current research in
each area and help drive discussion. There will be six 2-hr long
sessions and each session will include a major speaker and two
invited/contributed talks relevant to that session. This will be
followed by a group discussion presentations and exploration of
important ideas. Contributed talks will be selected from the abstracts
submitted; the rest of the participants will be encouraged to present
The meeting will feature a social get together on Thursday evening, a
public talk on Friday evening, and a banquet dinner on Saturday
evening. In order to create an optimal workshop atmosphere, we will
limit participation to about 100 persons. Participants are encouraged
to register early. The registration fee will cover morning and
afternoon coffees, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches.
For any queries regarding the conference and workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org