Arianne Shahvisi is a Senior Lecturer in Ethics at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. We managed to have a chat with Arianne ahead of her speaking at the Festival of Genomics, to get her take on the ‘coloniality’ of health and how the much-hyped advent of Whole Genome Sequencing might play a role in exasperating social injustices.
Rory Collins, Principal Investigator and Chief Executive of UK Biobank leads this landmark project. We talk to him about some of the research outcomes from UK Biobank, and why he’s excited to be speaking at the Festival of Genomics this January.
The introduction of multi-omic research, the advancement of AI and machine learning to improve nearly every aspect of sequencing and data analysis, are just some of the big changes that will only become more prevalent in the future. We spoke to Angela Douglas MBE, Scientific Director of Genetics Laboratories at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, for her opinions on the changing nature of genomics and the trends to watch out for.
The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) is an organisation which firmly believes in expanding genetics knowledge even further afield and increase awareness of the benefits and societal implications of personal genetics. We spoke to them about their goals, their concerns, and some of their biggest successes to date.
With so many talks and panels occurring across our four stages and Live Lounge, we understand that it can be pretty hard to pick out the most unmissable discussions at the festival this year. Given the conundrum, we thought we’d help out! We’ve selected a couple of talks and panels occurring across the two days which we think will be incredibly interesting and enormously informative for a whole range of people.
Front Line Genomics was created with a social mission after our founder lost his father to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. That’s why we thought it so important to showcase Nick Sireau, who co-founded the AKU Society to combat the disease, and is now about to finish a seven-year study into a drug which play a major part in eradicating AKU altogether.
With both our own festival and the wider life sciences sector moving rapidly towards a more integrative and holistic treatment of different -omics in research and drug development, we thought we’d get Dr. Dennis Wang, Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomics Medicine at the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, to talk us through the shift towards multi-omics.
Data integration has been one of the major trends of the last few years, and one which will become ever-more important as the life sciences sectors progress further. Dr. Maya Ghoussaini, Genetic Analysis Team Leader at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and Dr. Denise Carvalho-Silva, Scientific Outreach Lead at EMBL-EBI, both working at Open Targets, here discuss the importance of this process, and their own work within the realm of data integration.
Genetics Unzipped, a new fortnightly podcast from the UK Genetics Society, has launched ahead of the society’s centenary celebrations throughout 2019. Presented by award-winning science writer and former Naked Genetics/Naked Scientists podcast host Kat Arney and produced by First Create The Media, Genetics Unzipped will bring you a wide range of stories from the world of genetics, genomics and DNA.
Laurent Neau, Lead Technician at the Philip Morris International Tissue Research Laboratory, talks about RNAscope®, a novel and increasingly popular technology developed by Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc. for the in situ analysis of RNA within fixed tissues, now optimised for use on 3D, organotypic cell cultures. Doing this has the potential to provide a window into gene expression as it occurs in the human body.
Genomics is the science of people, but how can you get members of the public to engage with a topic that they may not understand?
Microfluidics for use in single cell applications is growing in popularity, as scientists are taking advantage of increasing numbers of commercially available systems enabling high throughput analysis of single cells.
We spoke to Dr. David R. Hillyard MD, Chair and Medical Director of Molecular Infectious Diseases at ARUP Laboratories, about his work within the realm of infectious diseases and the increasing role of molecular diagnostics in combating pathogens.
If you’ve been part of the GeoMx DSP Technology Access Program, then you’ll already know why this is so exciting. If you haven’t heard about it yet, then you should make sure you’re sitting down – yes it really is that exciting.
We spoke to Dr. Carlos Prada, Assistant Professor of Clinical Genetics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Emma Clement, Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK, to find out how more about the challenges of implementing NGS globally, and where that implementation has been successful.