The 2018 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit and Honors Ceremony will be taking place on Friday, 11 May 2018, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
The Summit will feature a Fireside Chat, “The New Gene Therapy: CRISPR-Cas9 and the Future of Medicine” with John Tisdale, NIH, and Bruce Conklin, UCSF, moderated by Glenn Zorpette, Executive Editor, IEEE Spectrum.
Invented in 2012, CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene-editing technique that allows researchers to alter an organism’s genome—for example, to add or alter a biological trait or to correct a genetic defect. The technique is much more efficient, inexpensive, and easier to use than previous gene-manipulation tools. In addition, the gene modifications accomplished by CRISPR are “germline,” which means they are inheritable.
In this panel session, IEEE Spectrum’s Glenn Zorpette discusses the immense promise—and disconcerting potential for misuse—of CRISPR-Cas9 with two biomedical researchers on the forefront of efforts to apply the technology to the eradication of disease. John Tisdale, of the National Institutes of Health, and Bruce Conklin, of the University of California San Francisco, will share their experiences and insights and describe how this remarkable new technology could transform medicine and potentially even lengthen the human lifespan.
The 2018 IEEE VIC Summit will culminate in the evening with the IEEE Honors Ceremony. The Awards presented at the Honors Ceremony are an expression of recognition for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, environmental and safety technologies, computer science and engineering, engineering education, as well as, the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences and technologies and their application. This year, Thomas F. Budinger, Univ. Berkeley, will receive the IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology.
IEEE Awards is happy to provide a 10% discount code to EMB Society Members! Enter discount code VICSEMBS on the payment screen (in the discount code box) during the registration process.
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