Not just genes: Epigenetics. 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.

Tuesday, March 27 2012, 7 p.m.
Granville Island Hotel
1253 Johnston St., Vancouver BC

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.

Want to learn more? Join us for a discussion with some of the leading Canadian epigenetic researchers.

This free event is hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and its Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, in collaboration with the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium. Space is limited.

W. Thomas Boyce, MD
Professor, Sunny Hill Health Centre/BC Leadership Chair in Child Development
School of Population and Public Health and Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Michael Kobor, PhD
Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics,
Child and Family Research Institute;
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medical Genetics,
University of British Columbia

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,
University of British Columbia

Anthony Phillips, PhD
Scientific Director, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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