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School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contact: Trent Stockton
May 24, 2005
ADVISORY: JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE COMMENCEMENT AND SPEAKER
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, is the guest speaker at the The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s 108th diploma award ceremony. The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 26, at 2:30 p.m., at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md. Each year, the graduating medical and graduate students choose the commencement speaker.
Collins led the government’s successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project, a complex, multidisciplinary scientific enterprise that mapped and sequenced all of the human DNA. His research has led to the identification of genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington's disease and Hutchison-Gilford progeria syndrome. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.
There are 224 graduates this year from the School of Medicine, including 123 M.D.’s, 94 Ph.D.’s and 7 M.A.’s. Of these 224, eight students are receiving dual degrees (M.D./Ph.D.).
For more information, contact Trent Stockton at 410-955-8665.