Bruce Stillman to Discuss "Changing Human Genes" at National Institute of Social Sciences' Issues Discussion Luncheon on Monday, June 5th

Dr. Bruce Stillman, President and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Dr. Bruce Stillman, President and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Bruce Stillman, the president and chief executive officer of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, will speak at the annual Issues Discussion Luncheon of the National Institute of Social Sciences on Monday, June 5th, in Manhattan.

Dr. Stillman, whose research focuses on how chromosomes are duplicated in cells, will discuss "Changing Human Genes: Choices for Humanity," focusing on CRISPR-Cas9, a new technique that allows geneticists to modify genes in human embryos. CRISPR holds the potential to alter the human genome with enormous consequences for the future of the human race.

A native of Australia, Dr. Stillman earned his a B.S. degree with honors at the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. He moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 1979 and joined the scientific staff in 1981. Dr. Stillman was director of the Laboratory's Cancer Center from 1992 to 2016. In 1994, he succeeded Nobel Laureate Dr. James D. Watson as director of the Laboratory and became president in 2003. 

Dr. Stillman is a member of the Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received five honorary doctorates. 

Tickets to the luncheon are $100. Seating is limited. Please contact the National Institute at (212) 831-0560 for information.

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