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Washington University NF Center to Hold Research Symposium April 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the third biennial Washington University Neurofibromatosis Center Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 1st, 2016 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) located on the campus of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. David H. Gutmann, Director of the Washington University NF Center and the Donald O. Schnuck Professor of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine, is pleased to announce that David A. Largaespada, PhD from the University of Minnesota and Alcino J. Silva, PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles are the two keynote speakers. Along with other Washington University NF Center investigators, this day-long symposium will highlight advances in NF research and clinical care.
Dr. Largaespada is Professor of the Department of Cell Biology and Development Genetics, where he serves as the Margaret Harvey Schering Chair in Cancer. He and his colleagues pioneered the use of insertional mutagenesis to discover new cancer genes relevant to NF1-associated brain and nerve sheath tumors.
Dr. Silva is the Director of Behavioral Testing Core and Professor of Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience at the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity. Dr. Silva has been a leader in mouse learning and behavior, and was the first to use Nf1 genetically-engineered mice to discover new treatments for cognitive disorders.
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