DNA: Past, Present and Future

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the description of the double helix, The Genetics Society summer symposium event will be held this year in Cambridge and livestreamed. As well as awarding four of our awards - Genetics Society Medal (Professor Douglas Higgs), Balfour Lecture (Dr Lucy van Dorp), Mary Lyon Medal (Professor Cecilia Lindgren) and Bruce Cattanach Prize (Dr Louisa Zoliewski), we will also have 2021 JBS Haldane Lecturer Professor Matthew Cobb, and Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian.

The photo gallery of the event is available here.

29 June, 2023

Venue: Thomas Lecture theatre, Department of Biochemistry, Sanger Building, Old Addenbrooke's Site, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 1GA

General Information

12.30 – Welcome by Anne Ferguson-Smith

12.35 – Matthew Cobb – “How the double helix was really discovered, and what Rosalind Franklin thought about it”

13.20 – Louisa Zolkiewski – “Investigating the Function of Coding Polymorphisms within the TBX15-WARS2 Locus Associated with Waist-Hip Ratio as a Risk Factor for Metabolic Syndrome”

13.40 – Cecilia Lindgren – “Obesity & Fat Distribution: Building a roadMAP for how to go from Phenotypes to Mechanisms”

14.25 – coffee break

15.00 – Lucy van Dorp – “Tracking pathogens in space and time using big genetic data”

15.45 – Douglas Higgs – “Using a model locus to understand the principles of mammalian gene regulation”

16.30 –Shankar Balasubramanian – “DNA: what is it trying to tell us?”

17.15 – 18.30 End of meeting and 70th anniversary of DNA celebration (drinks reception).