The Arno Motulsky Memorial Symposium

A PDF of this program for this event can be found at this link

Friday, September 21st 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm

Foege Auditorium, S-060

8:00 am - 8:30 am:      Coffee and refreshments
8:30 am:                      Introduction - Gail Jarvik, MD PhD, Head of Division of Medical Genetics
8:40 am:                      Welcome
 - Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO of UW Medicine, Dean, School of Medicine
8:50 am - 12:00 pm:    Sharing memories of Arno and his science. Speakers listed in order of appearance and in order of their first work with Arno. 

There will be a break from 10:00 am to 10:20 am for additional refreshments.

Stan Gartler, PhD - Professor Emeritus, Medical Genetics and Genome Sciences, University of Washington
George Martin, MD - Professor Emeritus, Pathology, University of Washington
Ron Scott, MD – Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Washington
Judy Hall, MD Professor Emerita, Medical Genetics and Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
Bill Bremner, MD Robert G. Petersdorf Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
Joe Felsenstein, PhD Professor Emeritus of Genome Sciences and Biology, University of Washington
Gil Omenn, MD PhD Professor, Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics and Human Genetics, University of Michigan
Wylie Burke, MD PhD - Professor and former Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington
Tom Bird, MD - Professor Emeritus, Medical Genetics and Neurology, University of Washington
Jan Friedman, MD PhD - Professor, Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
Steve Schwartz, MD PhD - Professor of Pathology, University of Washington
Fernando Arena, MD PhD Clinical Reviewer, The Texas Birth Defects Registry, Texas Department of Health Services 
Clem Furlong, PhD - Professor, Medical Genetics and Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Jeff Murray, MD Deputy Director, Discovery and Translational Sciences, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  
Kathy Leppig, MD - Clinical Professor, Pathology, University of Washington
Robin Bennett, MS LGC - Clinical Professor, Co-Director Genetic Medicine Clinics, University of Washington
Ellen Wijsman, PhD Professor, Medical Genetics and Biostatistics, University of Washington

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm:   Lunch, provided at Vista Café one floor above S060. RSVP deadline has passed for lunch selections. 
1:15 pm – 4:00 pm:     Scientific Talks

1:15 pm:
From Jewish Genetics to Pharmacogenetics: A Tribute to Arno Motulsky
Neil Risch, PhD
Director, Institute for Human Genetics
University of California, San Francisco

1:45 pm:
What Would Arno Say? A Few Issues in Modern Genomics 
Jim Evans, MD PhD
Bryson Distinguished Professor, Genetics and Medicine
University of North Carolina

2:15 pm:
From Arno’s Lessons on Baye’s Theorem to ClinGen Variant Assessment
Sharon E. Plon, MD PhD FACMG
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics/Hematology-Oncology, Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine

2:45 pm: Short Break

3:00 pm:
Solving Garrod’s Fourth Inborn Error of Metabolism with Arno

Mary-Claire King, PhD
Professor, Medical Genetics and Genome Sciences
American Cancer Society Professor
University of Washington

3:30 pm:
The Future of Medical Genetics

Gail Jarvik, MD PhD
Head, Division of Medical Genetics
The Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine
Professor, Department of Genome Sciences
University of Washington

4:00 pm-5:30 pm: Wine and cheese reception in Vista Cafe 

Please contact Cindy Ung ( for more details or if you have any questions. 

Arno's Obituaries can be found in the following publications: 

The New York Times

American Journal of Human Genetics

American Journal of Medical Genetics

The Journal of Clinical Investigation

The Lancet

The Scientist