Celebrating a Lifetime of Inquiry
What could be a more fitting way to celebrate a birthday-of-a-lifetime
than to celebrate a person's life work?
Last weekend, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and
The Neurosciences Institute hosted such an event in honor
of the 70th birthday of Peter Vogt, who is professor in TSRI's
Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, where he
heads the Division of Oncovirology.
Vogt (B.S., University of Würzburg; Ph.D., University
of Tübingen) was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory
of Harold Rubin at the University of California, Berkeley
when he began research on the cancer-causing virus, Rous sarcoma
virus (RSV). Vogt, the recipient of numerous honors and awards,
has served on the faculty of University of Colorado Medical
School and University of Southern California School of Medicine.
With his colleagues, Vogt showed that transformation-deficient
RSV strains lost specific portions of viral genetic material,
a finding that led to their identification of the viral src
The symposium, entitled "Viruses, Oncogenes, and Cancer,"
was organized by the Vogt Symposium Organizing Committee and
Digital Gene Technologies, Inc., and was co-sponsored by several
biotechnology companies and organizations, including the Blood
Cells Foundation, Amgen, Gen-Probe, Novartis, Takeda, MediciNova,
Aviva Antibody Corporation, Stratagene, Kyowa Kakko, and Chugai
Prominent scientists Harold Varmus, David Baltimore, and
J. Michael Bishop were among the speakers, who included leading
researchers from around the world and Vogt's close friends
and collaborators. The four sessions of the symposium were:
"Viruses," "Transcription Factors and Oncogenes," "Signaling
and Oncogenes," and "Cancer and Target Genes."
Introduction by Duke University Professor Bill Joklik | Real
Video | Quicktime
Peter and Hiroko Vogt enjoy a moment
together at the symposium's opening reception. Photo
by Jason S. Bardi.
The Vogt Laboratory