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Rare Disease Forum


at Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06503
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

If you, a family member, or a friend has a rare disease, please join us for an open discussion about the challenges many families face caring for a loved one and a chance to meet other families dealing with a rare disease.

Health care providers, researchers, and representatives from state agencies, academic centers, industry, and the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) are also being invited to participate in our discussion about available state resources for rare disease families, and state legislation (or policy changes) needed to improve the lives of those living with a rare disease.

For more information or to RSVP email lesley.bennett@rarediseases.org

or visit RareCT.org

Holiday Season Celebration & Open House


Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NORD Headquarters, 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut Rare Action Network invites all rare disease patients, caregivers, family members, patient organizations, healthcare professionals and elected officials to celebrate the holiday season and connect with rare disease community members here in Connecticut.

All are welcome. This is a family friendly event. Refreshments will be served.
Introductions & open discussion begins at 12:00p.m.

Please RSVP to Kristen Angell at kangell@rarediseases.org or 203.304.7251
Walk-ins welcome too!

Save the Date: Dr. Jennifer Doudna

The Institute for Systems Genomics, in collaboration with many UConn Schools, Institutes and Centers, and The Jackson Laboratory, have scheduled Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Chemistry, at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-inventor of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology, to present our next Distinguished Lecture. Dr. Doudna’s lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 12, from 7:00-9:30PM in the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts.

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Dr. Doudna has made fundamental contributions in biochemistry and genetics and received many prestigious awards and fellowships including the 2000 Alan T. Waterman Award for her research on the structure as determined by X-ray crystallography of a ribozyme, and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology (with Charpentier). She has been a co-recipient of the Gruber Prize in Genetics (2015), the Canada Gairdner International Award (2016) and the Japan Prize (2017). Outside the scientific community, she has been named one of the Time 100 most influential people in 2015 (with Charpentier) and was listed as a runner-up for Time Person of the Year in 2016 alongside other CRISPR researchers.

This event is free and open to the public (no tickets required).

Biomedical Career Fair

October 10, 2019
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Helix Café
The Jackson Laboratory
10 Discovery Drive
Farmington, CT 06032

The career fair will consist of a 3-hour corporate networking session where attendees can visit company booths to learn more about specific companies and career paths, as well as provide companies the opportunity to recruit highly qualified JAX-GM and UConn Health Ph.D. candidates and postdocs. The final hour will include a more informal reception where company representatives can further interact with trainees over light refreshments.

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Seminar on CRISPR/Cas9

Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

In this webinar, Ngoc-Tung Tran, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, will provide a general introduction of the CRISPR/Cas9 system. He will summarize the current approaches to enhanced homology-directed repair for precise gene editing. Regarding gene therapy applications, he will point out the differences between precise gene editing by CRISPR/Cas9 and gene delivery by viruses. He will also discuss the potential limitations of CRISPR/Cas9 for clinical applications as well as the current status of solving these limitations.

The webinar will include an example of gene correction using CRISPR/Cas9 in his lab. Specifically, he will discuss ELANE mutation correction in patient-derived hematopoietic stem cells, and the potential of this approach as a potential gene therapy for severe congenital neutropenia.

Scheduling conflict? You can still participate! All registrants will receive a link to view an on demand recording of the event.
Questions? Contact genomewebinars@genomeweb.com