Epigenetics: You are what your grandmother ate!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Come out and join a panel of researchers on Thursday, May 5 for an interesting and lively discussion about epigenetics, its impact on human health and its importance as an emerging area of health research locally, nationally and abroad. Expert speakers include Dr. David Rodenhiser: 'The Epigenetic Icing on the Genetic Cake,' Dr. Brenda Coomber: 'Cancer: When Good Genes Go Bad,' and Dr. Igor Kovalchuk: 'Is Our Society Making Us Sick?'

What: 'Epigenetics: You are what your grandmother ate!' (as presented by CIHR Café Scientifique)
When: Thursday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: London Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street, London ON (between Richmond and Clarence St.)
Please RSVP: 519-685-8600 ext. 55095 or email: Jennifer.Devlin@lhsc.on.ca
Event poster: http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/Communications/Documents/Epigenetics.pdf

Epigenetics is one of the most rapidly developing fields of science and one that may potentially explain the cause of many common human diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, schizophrenia, as well as genetic syndromes in children such as autism spectrum disorders. Changes in the environment (due to pollution or dietary deficiencies) can lead to epigenetic mistakes, especially in vulnerable populations (embryo, fetus and children).

About Café Scientifique

Café scientifiques started in the late-20th century as an informal discussion about scientific subjects. They were never intended to be lectures. The same holds true for CIHR Café scientifiques. They provide insight into health-related issues of popular interest to the general public, and in turn provoke questions and provide answers.

For that reason, the CIHR Café scientifiques are all about accessibility. They involve interaction between the public and experts in a given field at a café, a pub or a restaurant. If you want to take part in a CIHR Café scientifique, there is no need for you to have a science degree. You just need to have a deep-rooted desire to talk about a particular health subject. That way you could learn how health research may provide answers to any questions that are on your mind.