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Vol. LXVII, No. 5
February 27, 2015

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Hood Delivers Rodbell Lecture, Mar. 10

Dr. Leroy Hood
NIEHS will welcome systems biologist and personalized medicine pioneer Dr. Leroy Hood on Mar. 10 to present the annual Dr. Martin Rodbell Lecture at 11 a.m. in Rodbell Auditorium, Bldg. 101. Hood will explore “Systems Medicine and Proactive P4 Medicine: Catalyzing a Revolution in Health Care.”

Hood is founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology, a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle. One of the central concepts at ISB is a predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory approach to medicine, or P4 medicine. ISB describes this approach as a systems or holistic approach that uses new computational and mathematical tools to analyze the enormous amounts of molecular, cellular, phenotypic and medical data that now can be generated for each individual.

By viewing medicine as an informational science, P4 medicine will draw on an understanding of the networks underlying health and disease. “It will represent a network of networks—genetic networks, molecular networks, cellular networks, tissue networks, individual networks, population networks and social networks,” Hood has said.

In addition to publishing 750 papers, Hood holds 36 patents and 17 honorary degrees and has founded or co-founded 15 biotechnology companies. He is one of only 15 individuals elected to all three National Academies—the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

The lecture honors former NIEHS scientific director Dr. Martin Rodbell, who shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Dr. Alfred Gilman for the discovery of G-proteins, signal transducers that transmit and modulate signals in cells to control fundamental life processes.

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