Director's Message

The Ninth Annual CDI Investor Symposium: Designed to Inspire
09/19/2016

I would like to encourage everyone who has ever supported the CDI to join us on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, for the CDI Investor Symposium. We have an amazing line-up of presenters and speakers planned. And, we will not only showcase the research discoveries of the past 10 years, but we will look ahead to the next decade of discovery.

Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, the new executive director of the CDI, will open the evening with his vision for how this innovative partnership between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine continues to delve deeply for a greater understanding of pediatric disease at the molecular level. He then will introduce two CDI investigators who are applying their expertise in developmental biology and computational genetics to give CDI investigators now and in the future the core technologies they need to advance their research. I am confident that you will leave those presentations with renewed enthusiasm for the undertaking that only philanthropy could have accomplished – understanding the basic biology of pediatric disease.

In past symposia, we have offered the audience a chance to have hands-on experiences and individual conversations with CDI investigators. The only difference this year is that we will have lined up even more researchers to put their innovative projects on display. For example, you'll be able to talk to James Fitzpatrick, PhD, (cover story) about the amazing ways in which CDI investigators are using the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) to advance their research.

CDI investigators solving for pediatric heart, brain and metabolic diseases also will showcase their work.

Invitations will be on their way soon. I hope you can join us for this inspiring evening celebrating not just the researchers of the CDI but you, the investors, who make it all happen.

Mary Dinauer, MD, PhD, is the scientific director of the Children's Discovery Institute. She also is the Fred M. Saigh Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research at St. Louis Children's Hospital, professor of pediatrics, and of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine.

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