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Evolution and Genetic Formation of Brazilians
The Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative, the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, and the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University present this public, live, one-hour webinar discussion "Evolution and Genetic Formation of Brazilians" featuring Prof. Sergio Pena (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais).

Speaker Biography: Professor Sérgio D.J. Pena, MD, PhD, FRCP(C) was born in 1947 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He graduated in Medicine from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and trained in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics in the United States and Canada. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Pediatrics in1975 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics at the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1977. After one year of post-doctoral studies at the National Institute of Medical Research in London, England, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University in Montreal. He remained there until 1982, when he returned to Brazil as Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. In 1985 he became Professor in the same Department. Simultaneously, he created GENE - Núcleo de Genética Médica, a biotechnology company that provides clinical genetics services and DNA forensic diagnostics in Brazil. The publications of Prof. Sérgio Pena include seven books and close to 300 scientific articles. He was President of the Brazilian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, President of the Latin American Human Genome Program and Member of the Council of the Human Genome Organization(HUGO). He is Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Member of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Professor Sérgio D.J. Pena belongs to the Editorial Board of several journals, has participated in the advisory committee of various scientific agencies in Brazil and abroad and has received numerous prizes and medals.

Jan 19, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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