Epigenetics of Health and Disease: From Personalized Science to Personalized Medicine

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Event Location: City Hall (910 4th Avenue S, Lethbridge)

FREE. Everyone welcome. No RSVP required. Seating is limited, however so arrive early!

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Join Dr. Olga Kovalchuk as she explores

Epigenetics of Health and Disease: From Personalized Science to Personalized Medicine.

The DNA content of each cell in a given higher organism is identical: our liver and brain cells contain the same DNA, but they are very different in their shapes and functions. This is due to the existence of different patterns in reading and translation of genes for the type of cells in question, referred to as 'gene expression'. This is the domain of the emerging science of epigenetics (literally, 'beyond genetics'). Most amazing and contrary to popular opinion that DNA sequences determine everything, epigenetic changes can extend beyond cell division to reproduction. Although epigenetic changes are inheritable, they are reversible, and key play key roles in our responses to the environment, disease predisposition and even responses to treatments.

A lot still has to be learned about the role of epigenetic changes in living cells and organisms and their interactions with the environment. I will talk about the roles of epigenetic changes in health and disease, focusing on cancer. Just as no two people are similar, no two cancers are alike, and there is a lot of variation even within the same tumor. Therefore, ideal therapeutic regiments targeting every cancer cell in the body must be tailored individually for each patient. I will also discuss how epigenetic profiling can be used in personalized medicine.

REMINDER: We outgrew our space from last year, so this year the series will be held at City Hall from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Seating is limited, so be sure to get there early - no RSVP required!

Sponsored by:

The Alberta Epigenetics Network

After the Talk

On Thursday night, Kovalchuk presented, Epigenetics of Health and Disease – From Personalized Science to Personalized Medicine, to a packed room at Lethbridge City Hall. The presentation was the second of this year’s PUBlic Professor Series, a set of thought-provoking pub-style talks that bring a range of experts and researchers from across the arts and sciences to the community for spirited conversation. Read the full story here.