HudsonAlpha, UAB researchers to collaborate in annual scientific retreat

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Genetics will host the 10th annual scientific retreat in conjunction with The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on Friday, November 13. The yearly event is an opportunity for both programs to discuss their progress in the past year and get input from other departments.

Howard Jacob, PhD, will be the keynote speaker for the retreat. Jacob is the Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics at HudsonAlpha. Liz Worthey, PhD, and Kimberly Strong, PhD, will also give presentations. Worthey is a faculty investigator and director of informatics program at HudsonAlpha. Strong, also a faculty investigator, directs HudsonAlpha’s ethics and genomics program. Sara Cooper, PhD, faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha is coordinating with UAB to plan this year’s retreat.

The retreat will include invited clinical speaker Areeg El-Gharbaway, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. El-Gharbaway is a medical genetics doctor in Pittsburgh. She received her medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 26 years.

Eight presenters from UAB as well as a poster session complete the retreat schedule.

“HudsonAlpha and UAB both have so much expertise in genomics and clinical genomics,” said Cooper. “We all benefit from the opportunity to hear from our colleagues and foster potential collaborations between HudsonAlpha and UAB.”