David Page to speak at NIH Genome Day [Videocast live Feb. 11, 10:45am]

David Page

Whitehead Institute Director David Page

Whitehead Institute Director David Page will be featured at “A Decade with the Human Genome Sequence: Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Page’s talk, entitled “Sex Chromosome Evolution and Medicine,” will highlight his lab’s latest research on human reproductive evolution.

To view a live videocast of David’s talk, please go to http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=9965 at 10:45 am EST on February 11, 2010.

Page is a pioneer in developmen­tal and reproductive biology and is world renowned for his studies of the Y chromo­some. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, David set up an independent research program as a Whitehead Fellow in 1982, became a Whitehead Member in 1986 and was elected Director in 2005. He founded the Whitehead Task Force on Genetics and Public Policy, and is editor (with Matthew Scott) of Current Opinion in Genetics and Development and associate editor of the Annual Review of Human Genetics and Genomics.

A recent groundbreaking study from Page’s lab overturned the widely held theory that the Y chromosome is bound for extinction—by sequencing the Y chromosome of a chimpanzee and conducting the first interspecies comparison of Y chromosomes between humans and chimps, Page showed that Y is not decaying but evolving quite rapidly.