Prof. Ron Shamir and Prof. Karen Avraham, I-CORE members, organized the
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The I-CORE on Gene Regulation in Complex Human Disease co-sponsored a symposium featuring the Dan David Prize laureates on June 11, 2012 at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Eric Lander, Dr. J. Craig Venter, Prof. David Botstein were awarded the $1,000,000 Dan David Future Dimension Prize for their accomplishments in Genome Research.
Prof. David Botstein has been the intellectual leader of genomics, having created modern human genetics, devised microarrays to exploit genome information for the global assessment of gene expression and promoted systems biology. Prof. Eric Lander (see photo) has been a major intellectual force in genomics research, having developed algorithms to allow effective use of polymorphism data for genetic mapping and published the first genetic linkage map of the human genome. He innovated high-throughput methods to create genetic maps of the mouse and rat genomes and later as a major contributor to the Human Genome Project. Dr. J. Craig Venter has made numerous contributions to genomics—from ESTs and the first genome of a living species, to the human genome and environmental genomics, to the most recent accomplishments of constructing the first synthetic bacterial cell.
The attendees of the Symposium filled up the Bar Shira Auditorium. The day ended with a Roundtable Symposium chaired by Prof. Avraham (see photo).