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Nov. 4

Astute Clinician Lecture To Address Gaucher Disease

Dr. Ellen Sidransky
Dr. Ellen Sidransky

Dr. Ellen Sidransky will give the Astute Clinician Lecture as part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Nov. 4, remotely, from 3 to 4 p.m. via She will present “Gaucher Disease: How a Rare Disease Provides a Window into Common Neurodegenerative Disorders.” 

Sidransky is a pediatrician and geneticist at NHGRI whose career has focused on Gaucher disease and Parkinson disease and studies of genotype/phenotype correlation and genetic modifiers, insights from mouse models and novel treatment strategies. Her research played a lead role in establishing the association between glucocerebrosidase and parkinsonism.

She earned her medical degree from Tulane University and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital and the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. She is currently chief of NHGRI’s Medical Genetics Branch. 

The annual Astute Clinician Lecture was established in 1998 through a gift from the late Dr. Robert W. Miller and his wife, Haruko. It honors U.S. scientists who have observed unusual clinical occurrences and, by investigating them, have opened an important new avenue of research. Learn more at

Sign language interpreters can be provided for WALS lectures. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). 

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