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PHG Foundation: 15 years of making science work for health

Epigenetics: the secret key to health

PHG FOUNDATION

Thursday, 31 May 2012 from 16:30 to 19:00 (BST)

Epigenetics: the secret key to health

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Our understanding of human biology and disease has been greatly enhanced by knowledge of the human genome sequence. However, not all our traits can be explained by sequence level information and discoveries in the field of epigenetics – the study of heritable changes which does not involve alterations to the DNA sequence itself, are providing an important contribution to our understanding of human health and disease.

This free seminar combines a broad overview of the epigenetics field and some examples of its applications in human health.

There will be perspectives from two expert speakers and an opportunity for questions and group discussion, to be followed by a networking drinks reception.
 

Speakers

Dr Nessa Carey, Senior Director at Pfizer and author of the book “The Epigenetics Revolution-How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance”, will give an overview of the field of epigenetics and its current understanding in a talk entitled "No teeth in your eyeballs - why your DNA is a script and not a template".

Prof. Anne Ferguson-Smith, Professor of Developmental Genetics from the University of Cambridge will speak on the role of epigenetics in human health and disease.

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to anyone with an interest in biomedical discovery and innovation and their clinical application, and the wider scientific, medical, commercial, policy and social science communities.

 
Registration

The seminar and refreshments are free, but advance registration is required to secure a place.

Future seminars

The PHG Foundation is celebrating its fifteen anniversary with a series of Cambridge events based around their mission of making science work for health. Leading up to a major conference on translating genomics to be held on 4th December 2012, is a special programme of free seminars examining different issues around the clinical translation of emerging technologies.

5 July 2012     Implementing genomics in the NHS


General information

The PHG Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Cambridge, UK, with the mission making science work for health. We identify the best opportunities for 21st century genomic and biomedical science to improve health and tackle disease in ways that are rapid and effective, equitable and responsible. 

Do you have questions about Epigenetics: the secret key to health? Contact PHG FOUNDATION

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Hughes Hall
Cambridge University
Mortimer Road
CB1 2EW Cambridge
United Kingdom

Thursday, 31 May 2012 from 16:30 to 19:00 (BST)


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PHG FOUNDATION

The PHG Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Cambridge, UK, with the mission making science work for health. We identify the best opportunities for 21st century genomic and biomedical science to improve health and tackle disease in ways that are rapid and effective, equitable and responsible. 

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