March 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Blvd
PA 19104
Rutvi Ashar

The Elaine Redding Brinster Prize in Science or Medicine recognizes foundational discoveries in the fields of biological science and medicine. The Prize— a medal, a citation, and a monetary award of $100,000—is awarded annually to an individual from any country to recognize their outstanding discovery for its unique impact on biomedicine. This year, we are honoring Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD of Baylor College of Medicine for her fundamental contributions to the basis for neurological disorders.

The Ralph L. Brinster Symposium is an annual scientific symposium, held in conjunction with the Prize, to highlight breakthrough science across the entire spectrum of biomedical research. The Symposium, co-sponsored by the Deans of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, features presentations from extraordinary scientists who rank among the leaders in their fields.

This year, we are thrilled to host a symposium of talks by these eminent scientists:

  • Janet Rossant, PhD, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Hospital for Sick Children; University Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
    • “Stem Cells, Embryos and Embryo Models”
  • Lynne Maquat, PhD, J. Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair and Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oncology, and Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Dentistry; Director, Center for RNA Biology; Chair, Graduate Women in Science, University of Rochester
    • “Mis-regulation of Nonsense-Mediated mRNA Decay in the Intellectual Disability Fragile X Syndrome”
  • Robb Krumlauf, PhD, Investigator & Scientific Director Emeritus, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
    • “Evolution of Hox Proteins: Regulating Pluripotency and Differentiation”
  • Lorenz Studer, MD, Founding Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    • “Directing Cell Fate, Maturation, and Age in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells”
  • Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Distinguished Service Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital & winner of the Elaine Redding Brinster Prize
    • “Molecular Neurobiological Studies in Rett Syndrome and MECP2 Disorders”

The Elaine Redding Brinster Prize and Ralph L. Brinster Symposium are generously funded by endowments provided by the children of Elaine Redding Brinster and Ralph Brinster.

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