CIHR CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE - Epigenetics, and how early experiences may affect your health later in life

What causes the complex illnesses associated with aging, like cancer and heart disease? Each day we discover new genes associated with these diseases. But as we learn more about the genetic code, it becomes clearer that what’s written in our DNA is only part of the story. There are other factors, such as socioeconomic status, that seem to play an important role in health.

Now a new area of research, known as epigenetics, is building upon our knowledge of the human genome. Epigeneticists study the ways that our environment can have a long-term impact on the activity of our genes. And recent advances in technology are giving researchers remarkable new tools to study how nature interacts with nurture.

Date: March 27, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston St., Vancouver
Cost: Free
Hosted by: CIHR and its Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction in collaboration with the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium.

Experts:
Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, PhD
Professor, Sunny Hill Health Centre/BC Leadership Chair in Child Development
School of Population and Public Health and Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Martin Hirst, PhD
Scientist, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Microbiology and Immunology
Centre for High-Throughput Biology, UBC

Dr. Michael Kobor, PhD
Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
Child and Family Research Institute
Associate Professor , Dept. Of Medical Genetics, UBC

Moderator:
Anthony Phillips, PhD, Scientific Director, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR

For more information or to RVSP, please email: Epigenetics.Epigenetique@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.