Brighton genome expert speaking at London festival

The first person to donate his genome sequence under ‘open consent’ to the Personal Genome Project UK (PGP-UK), Professor Colin Smith, is speaking at the forthcoming Festival of Genomics in London.

Professor Smith, the University’s Professor of Functional Genomics, has recently established Brighton Genomics to investigate future potential for highlighting disease risk and revealing the genetic basis for human diseases.

A ‘genome’ comprises the complete set of DNA molecules within each cell of an organism and in 2013 Professor Smith had his whole genome sequenced and then made the donation to PGP-UK which is creating public UK genome, health, and trait data.

Genomics technologies have been at the heart of Professor Smith’s research for the past 16 years and he has been engaged in a range of interdisciplinary national and international collaborations, investigating antibiotic production by bacteria, human sleep and human nutrition.

The Festival, on 30-31 January at London’s ExCeL, will involve experts from drug companies, healthcare, patients and academic organisations who will define the future of genomics in human health and disease.

Other speakers include Sir John Chisholm, Executive Chair of Genomics England, which is creating a legacy for patients, the NHS and the UK economy, through the sequencing of 100,000 genomes, and Professor Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS England.

In addition to his speaking at the festival, Professor Smith is organising a Royal Society meeting for world leaders in the cutting-edge fields of ‘translatomics’ and imaging of gene expression at the single molecule level.

The Theo Murphy international scientific meeting ‘Changing views of translation: from ribosome profiling to high resolution imaging of single molecules in vivo’ will be at The Royal Society, Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire, Monday 5 – Tuesday, 6 March: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/03/translation/

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