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Dean's Distinguished Lecture

in the Clinical Sciences

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series was founded at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1981 to provide a forum and formal vehicle for interdisciplinary academic exchange in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, and humanities. The lectures are designed to emphasize the cross-collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and to enrich the traditional scholarly exchange between the health sciences faculties, the other branches of Columbia University, and the metropolitan New York medical community—all while honoring the school's fundamental responsibility to maintain the highest standards of humanistic education.

Over the past twenty years, we have been fortunate to have as speakers some of the world's leading basic scientists, clinicians, and humanistic scholars, all of whom have made significant and outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Yet, as expert as all of these speakers are in their areas of specialization, they have been able to bring their thoughts and experiences to life for those outside their traditional academic disciplines—some of whom ultimately have found new ways to advance this knowledge at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

Through the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, we look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing together students, professors, researchers and clinicians in the spirit of true intellectual curiosity and academic cooperation—sowing the seeds, perhaps, for the next great breakthrough discovery or cure in the process.

Available Videos:
Speaker: Wendy Chung, MD, PhD
Lecture Date: June 10, 2014
Lecture Title: “Utilizing Genomic Sequencing in Rare Diseases to Guide Clinical Care and Develop New Therapies”

2013-2014 EVENTS

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

"Utilizing Genomic Sequencing in Rare Diseases to Guide Clinical Care and Develop New Therapies"

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
4:30 p.m.
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical and molecular geneticist who performs human genetic research and directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University, where she is an associate professor of pediatrics and medicine. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College, and her Ph.D. in genetics from Rockefeller University . Dr. Chung directs NIH-funded research programs in human genetics of obesity, breast cancer, pulmonary hypertension, and birth defects, including congenital diaphragmatic hernia and congenital heart disease. She leads the Simons VIP study characterizing genetic forms of autism and in clinical trials tests novel treatments for autism . She has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed papers and numerous chapters in medical textbooks. She has received the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Renowned for her teaching and mentoring, Dr. Chung is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching, including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She was the original plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and the Genomics & Society Working Group. Dr. Chung enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically, and ethically sound, accessible, and cost-effective manner.

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