Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases
Terry Delovitch

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Course Description: Program Content: Ashkenazi Jews, a genetically relatively homogeneous population, are at increased risk for several inherited disorders. They have benefited from genetic screening for these disorders, with significant reductions in specific diseases, e.g. Tay-Sachs disease. Such screening aids in the identification of individuals (parents and children) who are genetically predisposed to specific diseases, and is now possible by DNA based testing. These important genetic considerations and their impact on genetic screening and counseling before and after testing is performed will be discussed. About 20 Ashkenazi Jewish genetic disorders will be examined. This lecture will enhance one's understanding of the genetic susceptibility to disease, current knowledge of the human genome, and the impact of recent research on the inheritance, screening and treatment of genetic disorders in the Ashkenazi Jewish population.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Terry Delovitch obtained a BSc (Honors Chemistry 1966) and PhD (Chemistry/Immunology 1971) at McGill University. He received postdoctoral training at MIT (Biology/Immunology, 1971-73) and Stanford University (Medicine/Immunology, 1973-75). In 1976, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor (Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, University of Toronto) and rose through the ranks to Full Professor at University of Toronto in 1984. In 1994, he was appointed as a Senior Scientist and first Director of a new Autoimmune Disease Group on Type 1 Diabetes, which he has worked on for 30 years, at the Robarts Research Institute, Western University. After 45 years (1966-2011) in a wonderful and stimulating scientific research career, he retired from Western University as Professor Emeritus in June, 2011. He received several academic awards, published a total of about 200 scientific papers, review articles and book chapters, was the former Chief Scientific Advisor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada and Past-President of the International Immunology of Diabetes Society, and continues to be a consultant/advisor for several biotech/pharma companies, granting agencies, journal editorial boards, and a national research network in allergy, asthma and immunology. 

WPL1164
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25