Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Aug. 30 meeting: "Jewish Genetics" by Dr. Murray Brilliant, Phd #general


Murray Brilliant, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Laboratory of
Genetics, will speak about "Jewish Genetics" at the 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30,
2015, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. The event will
be held at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get
help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main
program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, phone 312-666-0100 or see

Murray Brilliant's presentation will focus on Jewish genetic history with an
emphasis on the Ashkenazi population. Among the questions he will consider are
the following: Are we European, Middle Eastern or other? How many people do we
descend from? How closely are we related to one another? What are the genetic
tools that we can use?

He is on the faculty of the Laboratory of Genetics in the School of Medicine
and Public Health, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the director of the Center for Human Genetics
at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and holder of the James Weber
Endowed Chair.

Prior to joining the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in 2009, Dr. Brilliant
was the Lindholm Professor of Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine since 1997. He also chaired the
Research Steering Committee of the Department of Pediatrics and was director of
the Genetics Graduate Program at the University of Arizona.

He has also held faculty positions at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine
(1986-1989); The Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia (1989-1997); and the
University of Arizona College of Medicine (1997-2009). He has 25 years of
experience in the molecular genetics of mice and humans. In particular, his
efforts have led to the identification of three genes for albinism:
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome 1 and Oculocutaneous albinism types 2 and 4.

Dr. Brilliant received his doctorate in molecular, cellular and developmental
biology >from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984. His current research
interests include: the relationship between albinism and leprosy; development of
treatments to improve vision in people with albinism; early detection and
prevention of age-related macular degeneration; and genetic services disparities
among Native Americans.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

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