Press Release September 08, 2016

New Community Health Discussion Series kicks off Sept. 15 at JAX with “Diabetes and Genetics: A Researcher’s Quest”

Discussion series features healthcare experts and renowned scientists sharing important new developments about diseases including diabetes, asthma, cancer and HIV

Michael Stitzel, Ph.D., a Jackson Laboratory (JAX) diabetes researcher, will kick off the new Community Health Discussion Series with his talk, “Diabetes and Genetics: A Researcher’s Quest,” September 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, 10 Discovery Drive, Farmington.

The Community Health Discussion Series is presented by JAX and The Children’s Museum in West Hartford. This educational forum will facilitate discussions between Connecticut’s leading scientific minds and the public on important healthcare topics, particularly related to how genomic medicine can cure and treat human disease.  Future topics include asthma, cancer, and HIV-related developments.   

Subsequent discussions are scheduled for December 15, March 16 and June 15 at The Children’s Museum in West Hartford.

The Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center are the region’s premiere destinations for exploration and education. Home to over 100 live animals, the Museum features hands-on exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for young children and families. The Children’s Museum and Preschool are located in West Hartford and Roaring Brook Nature Center is located in Canton.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs 1,800 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.