As the first part of the Newton Webinar Series, Benoit Bruneau, PhD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease had an intimate conversation with Robert Wicks, vice president of philanthropy at Gladstone.
Benoit shared how his lab is working to better understand the role genes play in building a heart and the code guiding the process. He also explored congenital heart defects, how they develop, what can be done to stop them before they start, and the implications for other cardiovascular diseases.
The Newton Webinar Series is inspired by the story of Isaac Newton’s extraordinary intellectual output while in quarantine during the Great London Plague of 1665, and offers an alternative to all the news related to COVID-19. Each week, we will feature a conversation with Gladstone’s scientists and explore their moonshot ideas, how they approach their work, and what they think medicine may look like 10, 20, and 50 years from now.
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