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April 21, 2009 – Collin College will host the Ninth Annual Biotechnology Educators Conference from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Horton, professor of internal medicine and endowed chairmen in obesity and diabetes research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Horton will discuss “Translating Genomic Research into Medical Applications.”

Ellyn Daugherty, an internationally known biotechnology teacher and author of “Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium,” also is scheduled to discuss the need to include biotechnology as the fourth year of science at the high school level at a pre-conference event on June 24.

Topics covered at the conference, themed “Solutions for What Ails You,” will include new uses for old drugs, science of fat, nutrition and obesity, progress in cancer and diabetes research and hands-on labs.  Also featured will be a competitive poster session for undergraduate and graduate students, door prizes and cash awards.

The conference is open to the public and targets primarily teachers, educators, county extension agents and outreach professionals.  General admission is $25 and $15 for students. This fee includes lunch and admittance to Dr. Horton’s keynote address, participation in your choice of three breakout sessions and conference materials.

The conference is a collaborative effort of several institutions, including Collin College, STARS University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Region 10, Agri Life Extension, Agri Life Research and others.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit or contact Bridgette Kirkpatrick, professor of biotechnology at Collin College, 972.881.5853 or

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