Genomic “Dark Matter” and its role in health and disease (public lecture)

13 April, 2022

Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh + online zoom webinar


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General Information

As part of our Spring Meeting in Edinburgh we will have a public lecture on Wednesday, 13th April at 7pm.  The event will be hybrid, so there will be a live audience and an online audience via Zoom webinar.  The event is free to attend but you need to register for either the live event or online.

Over the past 10 years we have realised that our “genes”, which make proteins, are not the only information in our DNA vital for health.  Indeed, we now known that most complex diseases such as depression, chronic anxiety and substance abuse are linked to changes in the obscure 98% of DNA that lies outside of our genes.  Dr MacKenzie, from the University of Aberdeen, has spent the past 20 years studying this genomic “Dark Matter” and, together with many other labs around the world, has identified a mysterious source of information critical to human health.  His public lecture, funded by the Genetics Society, will introduce this essential, but enigmatic, component of the human genome and will describe current understanding of its mechanisms and roles in health.  The lecture will then explore how we may use this new awareness to identify those at risk of chronic disease and devise the therapies of the future.