It is with great pleasure that IASO welcomes Mr. Stylianos Antonarakis, the distinguished Greek Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetic Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Antonarakis shall deliver his scientific speech, titled "The renaissance of genomic medicine", at the Events Hall of IASO on Friday 20 January 2017 at 12:30 pm.
At the initiative of Mr. Antonarakis back in 2006, the 21st March was established as “World Down Syndrome Day” with the aim to raise awareness and educate the international community. The Greek Professor of Cretan descent graduated in 1975 and was awarded his doctorate from the School of Medicine of the University of Athens in 1983. After he received his specialization from the University Hospital, he then started working at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he became a Professor of Pediatric Genetics, Biology and Medicine. In 1992 he moved to Switzerland, where he was appointed as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetic Medicine at the University of Geneva.
The multi-awarded Geneticist has performed a lot of research projects and is listed among the greatest Geneticists globally. About a decade ago, Mr. Antonarakis and his team at the Johns Hopkins University managed to map the sequence of the human genome, and in particular gene-21, the gene responsible for Down syndrome. The famous Greek Geneticist is specialized in gene-21 disorders, gene cloning for genetic disorders, development of diagnostic trials, structure and function of the genome and noncoding human DNA sequences. He is a member of the Swiss National Science Foundation, Head of the Scientific Team of Genetics, Chair of the Department of Genetic Medicine at the University of Geneva, and Director of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics (iGE3).
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