Shriners Hospital Researcher to Discuss the Art of Life on July 23

Members of the community will be presented with a unique view of life on Thursday, July 23, during a special presentation beginning at 7 p.m., at Trinity Cathedral Church, 2620 Capitol Avenue, in midtown Sacramento. The lecture and discussion will be led by Kiho Cho, DVM, PhD, a principal investigator at the Shriners Hospital’s Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine and UC Davis Department of Surgery professor. The public is invited to attend.

A gifted scientist who has devoted his career to enhancing the healing process through genetic analysis, Dr. Cho invites his audience to question their preconceptions of evolution and creation theories during his talk on The Art of Life. Dr. Cho shares stunning images of the human genome that represent many patterns discovered as part of his scientific studies to identify genetic elements that contribute to patient-specific responses to injury as well as to individual traits. Dr. Cho’s images suggest that the art of medicine may be intrinsically linked to the art of life. His hope is that the images will allow us to imagine new ways to study, heal and honor life.

In his lecture on The Art of Life, Dr. Cho asks participants to ponder this question:

Scientists believe that dogs, cats, mice, and humans share about 80 percent of the same gene sequence. If dogs, cats, mice and people share so much in common, why do they look so different?

The graphic depiction of human genome shared by Dr. Cho was made possible by a collaboration between injury-response scientists at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and UC Davis and electronic engineers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.

Schools, museums, churches and other organizations interested in learning more about Dr. Kiho Cho’s research into our genetic makeup and what the visual images that emerged from his study tell us about life, may schedule a presentation by contacting the Public Relations office at Shriners Hospital. Call (916) 453-2218 or email


Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call 916-453-2000.


Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |


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