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U-M's Life Sciences Institute celebrates 10 years of discovery at two-day symposium

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Event banner: Victors for Discovery: Biomedicine at Michigan LSI Annual Symposium. May 14-15, 2014ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a two-day biomedicine symposium next week featuring a notable list of former University of Michigan researchers.

The "Victors for Discovery: Biomedicine at Michigan" symposium will be held May 14-15 at U-M's Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Forum Hall and the Great Lakes Room.

"The speakers all have two things in common: They shaped their science at U-M, and they now hold national leadership positions in government, research and healthcare," said Alan Saltiel, the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute.

Jack Dixon of the University of California, San Diego, will open the symposium with the keynote Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecture. He was part of the U-M faculty from 1991 to 2003 and served as chief scientific officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. President Coleman will introduce Dixon.

At 4:10 p.m. May 14, a panel discussion on the future of biomedical research will be introduced by National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, a physician-geneticist who worked at U-M from 1984 to 1993.

Dr. David Ginsburg of the LSI will moderate the panel. Panelists will be Dixon; Dr. William Kelley, former chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Michael Marletta, president and chief executive officer of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.; and Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, president of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"This outstanding panel of nationally recognized researchers will be discussing the future of the academic scientific enterprise," Ginsburg said.

The panelists represent a remarkable range of perspectives, and each has had significant impact on drug discovery research. We're looking forward to a lively discussion. Alan Saltiel

At 11 a.m. May 15, a panel discussion on drug discovery in the 21st century will be introduced by Tachi Yamada, chief medical and scientific officer of Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Panelists are Vishva Dixit, vice president at Genentech; John Lowe, senior director of the research pathology department at Genentech; Gary Nabel, the chief scientific officer and senior vice president at Sanofi; Craig Thompson, president and chief executive officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and founder of Agios Pharmaceutical; and Barbara Weber, senior vice president and global head, Oncology Translational Medicine, of Novartis Oncology. Saltiel will moderate.

"The panelists represent a remarkable range of perspectives, and each has had significant impact on drug discovery research," Saltiel said. "We're looking forward to a lively discussion."

The LSI celebrated its grand opening in May 2004 and now houses researchers in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, genetics, bioinformatics and physiology working together to solve scientific problems in human health.

"We're very proud of U-M's influence on the scientific world and are looking forward to welcoming back such a range of leaders," Saltiel said.


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