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Center hosts 15th Weintraub reunion meeting Nov. 4, 5

Former graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and collaborators of the late Dr. Harold Weintraub will gather to discuss their work and celebrate Weintraub’s scientific legacy

Oct. 31, 2011
Dr. Harold Weintraub

In addition to being an international leader in the field of molecular biology, the late Dr. Harold Weintraub was known for nurturing colleagues, students and postdocs.

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The Hutchinson Center will host the 15th Weintraub meeting Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Sze conference room. The annual meeting serves as a reunion for former graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and collaborators of the late Dr. Harold Weintraub, who died from brain cancer in 1995 at age 49. The two-day symposium, "Biological Regulatory Mechanisms," will focus on interactive presentations from those individuals whose early scientific careers Weintraub influenced.

"We anticipate a lab-meeting style of presentation that will review recent accomplishments and challenge the participants to address future unknowns," said Dr. Stephen Tapscott, longtime organizer of the event, which last took place in Seattle in 2006. "We hope friends, colleagues and others at the Center who are interested will attend all or part of the meeting."

Weintraub, a founding member of the Basic Sciences Division, was an international leader in the field of molecular biology. Among his many contributions, Weintraub identified genes responsible for instructing cells to differentiate, or develop, into specific tissues such as muscle and bone. Widely recognized as one of the most outstanding scientists of his generation, Weintraub’s reputation extended to his ability to nurture and support colleagues, students and postdocs.

For more information, contact Tapscott at stapscot@fhcrc.org or Dan Meenach, dmeenach@fhcrc.org.

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