NHLBI director to talk on genetics, disease


The director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will discuss a rare genetic disease that causes premature aging in children at this year's annual Katherine D. McCormick Distinguished Lecture.

Elizabeth Nabel, MD, will give the lecture at 8 a.m. Jan. 30 in the Chemistry Building's Braun Auditorium. The title of her talk is, 'Genomic medicine and progeria: Cardiovascular insights gained from premature aging.'

Much of Nabel's own research focuses on genetic factors in blood vessel diseases, including progeria and atherosclerosis. Progeria is a fatal condition in which children show characteristics of accelerated aging. They usually die of heart disease between age 8 and 21.

Nabel has been the NHLBI director since 2005, where she oversees a national program of basic and clinical research. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, as well as a fellow of the American Heart Association.

The McCormick Lecture series began in 1974 with a bequest from feminist Katharine McCormick, who designated the funds 'for the encouragement and assistance of women in pursuing the study of medicine, in teaching medicine and in engaging in medical research.'

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