Recorded: 31 May 2003
There are a number of things. They are completely different. They are completely different from any other meetings. I think this clearly has a very “homey” feeling, and partly it has to do with just the general place where it’s being held. But I think it’s mostly not that; I think it mostly has to do with interactions that people have. I think people are much more interested in talking about science in Cold Spring Harbor than even many other well known other national meetings. Why that’s the case is a very interesting question that probably has something to do with the history of this place when one is aware.
I don’t know that everybody sees it that way. But I think there’s a very significant difference of meetings here which is why, not only myself, but many, many people want to come to meetings here.
Aravinda Chakravarti received his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston (1979). After a postdoctoral year at the University of Washington in Seattle, he joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Biostatistics and later the Department of Human Genetics as a professor.
In 1994 he moved to Case Western Reserve as Professor of Genetics and Medicine to apply genomic and computer-based methods to study common diseases that arise from a combination of genetic and non-genetic factors.
Dr Chakravarti is one of the Editors-in-Chief of Genome Research, and serves on the Advisory and Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals and societies. He is a past member of the NIH National Advisory Council of the National Human Genome Research Institute and has chaired the NIH Subcommittee in the 3rd 5-year Genome Project Plan, and continues to serve on several NIH panels.
In 2000 he became Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was named director of their new McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, where he is currently the Henry J. Knott Professor and Director.