The Past, Present, and Future of African American Genomes: A Workshop on Ancient DNA Retrieval and Application
A groundbreaking workshop on ancient DNA (aDNA) entitled The Past, Present, and Future of African American Genomes is planned for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Blackburn Gallery Lounge. This workshop is from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and will cover the latest advances at Howard University in ancient DNA assessment and will feature a presentation by Dr. Hannes Schroeder, University of Copenhagen’s Center for Geo-Genetics on his discovery of the genetic backgrounds of three Afro-Caribbean individuals from the 17th century. Dr. Schroeder is a leading emerging scientist in the capture and sequencing of DNA from historic materials. He is particularly interested in the genetics and genomics of New World African groups and tracing the transatlantic African Diaspora from Africa to the Americas. Dr. Latifa Jackson will highlight the work being done in the laboratory of Dr. Muneer Abbas on aDNA extractions, Dr. Muneer Abbas will discuss the efforts to develop a DNA biorepository at Howard University, and Dr. Michael Campbell will report on the proposal to initiate a comprehensive African American Genome Project that will provide a population-relevant reference database and major insights into the genetics of current and historical health disparities. The workshop will conclude with a roundtable discussion of experts to consider the ways to advance the study of African American genomes.
9am - 12 pm
Blackburn Gallery Lounge
Blackburn Center, Howard University, Washington DC, 20001
2016 Cobb Research Laboratory Research Symposium
Twenty research papers on on-going studies at the Cobb Research Laboratory (CRL) will be presented at our symposium during Research Week.This is the first time that the interdisciplinary research from this lab has been gather together in one symposium to provide a cohesive overview of the research activity of the CRL. These papers will cover the following major areas: Session one will present papers that give a general background to the CRL. Session two will contribute papers that provide supplemental data for ancient DNA research. Sessions three and four give reports on specific and longstanding health disparities in the African American population. This year's symposium is devoted to Dr. Cobb and his vision.