The Oldest Scientific Society in Washington

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Sponsored by The Policy Studies Organization
In Cooperation with the American Public University
The Policy studies OrganizationAmerican Public University

PSW 2387
Friday, January 19th at 8:00 p.m.

The Human Cell Atlas
Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Cellular Diversity and Dynamics

Aviv Regev

  • Professor of Biology, MIT
    Core Member and Faculty Chair, The Broad Institute;
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Human Cell AtlasFor the past 150 years scientists have classified cells by their structures, functions, locations, and, more recently, molecular profiles. The but the characterization of cell types and states, however, has remained surprisingly limited. This limitation has constrained our ability to understand fundamental biology and to translate this understanding to diagnose and treat of disease. Fortunately, an extraordinary opportunity is emerging because of transformative advances in experimental and computational methods.

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The Lectures, which are the centerpiece of all Philosophical Society of Washington meetings, are selected to appeal to those with a general interest in science and do not require a specialized knowledge of the subject. They always contain information that is current, explanations that are understandable and a few controversial issues to be challenged by a critical listener. The series is designed as much as possible to include a wide range of disciplines.

The meetings are open to the public, free, and no reservations are required. Dress is informal. Meetings are followed by lively conversation. All must exit the Cosmos Club at 10:30 p.m. Conversations are continued at another location. Please note, there is no parking at the Cosmos Club.

Meeting Location

The John Wesley Powell Auditorium is adjacent to the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. Entrance is through the club gate, the first right-hand entrance on Florida Avenue north of the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue NW. The auditorium entrance is to the left of the gate.

The Cosmos Club is within walking distance of the DuPont Circle Metro stop (Q Street exit), the Connecticut Avenue bus routes (L2, L4), and the Massachusetts Avenue bus routes (N2, N4).


Title Name
President Larry S. Millstein
Treasurer Brett Magaram
Program Chair Larry S. Millstein
Membership Chair Lloyd Mitchell
Corresponding Secretary Robin Taylor