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Making a Face: The Role of Neural Crest Cells

Joanna Wysocka
July 6, 2011

Watch Dr. Joanna Wysocka from Stanford University brief the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus on Making a Face: The Role of Neural Crest Cells. Dr. Wysocka discusses how recent progress in the burgeoning scientific field of epigenomics allows scientists to annotate, on an unprecedented scale and with high resolution, portions of our genome that are responsible for unique regulation of genes in different cell types of the body. Using examples from her work she will discuss how combining epigenomics with in vitro embryonic stem cell models can reveal information about early events underlying the formation of the human face. Dr. Wysocka’s incredible breakthrough gives hope to the thousands of individuals and families living with—and caring for children diagnosed with—CHARGE Syndrome. CHARGE Syndrome is genetic condition that affects about one in 10,000 children. Dr. Wysocka’s research has earned her several awards, including the 2010 Outstanding Young Investigator Award by the International Society for Stem Cell Research.