“Let's Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Karen Chapman
University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
The chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are now common causes of ill health in the developed world, affecting between 1:100 and 1:200 of the population. In Scotland the incidence is especially high amongst children and young adults, indeed amongst the highest in the world.
Whilst new therapies targeting the immune system are being developed, there is a real need to understand the primary mechanisms involved in disease causation, in order to move towards prevention and cure.
It is clear that both genetic and environmental factors are involved in the disease process. Over the last 25 years the genetic factors have been increasingly well characterised and the emphasis in basic research now lies on dissecting the importance of diet, the intestinal micro-organisms, and other environmental factors in the course of disease, and the mechanisms involved in these gene-environmental interactions.
Join us to hear about the latest research that is leading to new understanding of the ways in which our genes interact with our environment to cause these chronic diseases.
Professor Jack Satsangi, and Dr Elaine Nimmo, Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, The University of Edinburgh
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments available after event.