October 13, 2018


The event begins at 8:30am.
Please view the schedule for more details.


Institute for Systems Biology
Main Floor Lobby
401 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109

Visions of the Future

A symposium honoring Lee Hood on his 80th birthday

Lee Hood, MD, PhD

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, ISB
SVP & CSO, Providence St. Joseph Health

Lee Hood and Institute for Systems Biology have always been on the leading edge. In honor of Lee’s 80th birthday, we have put together a special day-long symposium with eight visionary speakers. Our presenters will talk about their research, where their science is going, and societal implications of their work. Please join us for a day of invigorating, thoughtful discussions, and help celebrate a true scientific luminary.

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Early in his career, Lee was the beneficiary of advice that has played a guiding role in his pioneering work:

“If you want to practice biology, do it on the leading edge, and if you want to be on the leading edge, invent new tools for deciphering biological information.”

– William J. Dreyer PhD, Caltech and Lee’s mentor.

In honor of Lee Hood, ISB has created the Leading Edge Endowment. Each year an award will be made to an ISB scientist whose work breaks new ground, can catalyze a revolution in our understanding of biology, or that can result in major improvements in our lives.


Ruedi Aebersold

Ruedi Aebersold, PhD

Professor of Systems Biology at the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology (IMSB) in ETH Zurich

James R. Heath, PhD

President and Professor at the Institute for Systems Biology

Trey Ideker, PhD

Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego; Director of the National Resource for Network Biology, the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, and the Cancer Cell Map Initiative

Roger Perlmutter, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President of Merck & Co. and President of Merck Research Laboratories

Ellen Rothenberg, PhD

Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology at Caltech

Ralph Synderman

Ralph Synderman, MD

Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Director of the Duke Center for Personalized Health Care

Mike Tyers, PhD

Principal Investigator, Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology Research Unit; Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Irv Weissman, MD

Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology Stanford University; Director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine


About ISB

The Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Lee Hood, immunologist Alan Aderem, and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible today. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines and across academic and industrial organizations, where our researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. Our core values ensure that we always keep our focus on the big ideas that eventually will have the largest impact on human health. ISB is an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health.

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Saturday, October 13
  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:30 AM
  • Welcoming Remarks - Rod Hochman, MD

    9:00 AM
  • Irv Weissman, MD

    9:15 AM
  • Ralph Snyderman, MD

    9:45 AM
  • Break - 10 minutes

    10:15 AM
  • Ruedi Aebersold, PhD

    10:25 AM
  • Trey Ideker, PhD

    10:55 AM
  • Break - 10 minutes

    11:25 AM
  • Morning Session Q&A - Chaired by Nathan Price, PhD

    11:35 AM
  • Lunch Break

    12:00 PM
  • Jim Heath, PhD

    1:00 PM
  • Ellen Rothenberg, PhD

    1:30 PM
  • Break - 10 minutes

    2:00 PM
  • Mike Tyers, PhD

    2:10 PM
  • Roger Perlmutter, MD, PhD

    2:40 PM
  • Break - 10 minutes

    3:10 PM
  • Afternoon Session Q&A - Chaired by Nitin Baliga, PhD

    3:20 PM
  • Closing Remarks - Lee Hood, MD, PhD

    3:45 PM


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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A.

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