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Epigenetics Workshop: Assessing the evidence and its implications

Workshop - Epigenetics: Assessing the evidence and its implications

A Medicine workshop
Date6 March 2014
Time10:00 to 16:30
PlaceByrne House

Seminar Room

This workshop will briefly review the various understandings of epigenetics and review the designs used to assess epigenetic evidence, and whether the claims made about this new field are reasonable. We are also interested in asking questions about the social and philosophical implications of Epigenetics and this workshop is designed to be a platform to discuss what these might be.

The workshop is free to attend but places are limited. Please register by emailing Egenis@exeter.ac.uk quoting ‘Epigenetics workshop attendance’ in the subject line.


10:00     Arrival tea / coffee

10:30     Dr Staffan Muller-Wille, University of Exeter (Chair) - Introduction.                     

10:35     Prof Jonathan Mill, University of Exeter - Epigenetic pathways to health and disease - an introduction to the promises and pitfalls of epigenetic epidemiology

11.15      Dr Therese Murphy, University of Exeter - Methylating the mind - epigenetics and mental health

1:30     Dr Katie Lunnon, University of Exeter - Epigenetics in dementia

11.45      Discussion.

12:30     Lunch

13:30     Dr Ginny Russell, University of Exeter (Chair)

13.35     5 minute summary – Dr Astrid Schrader, University of Exeter - When is an organism not an organism?

13.40      Prof John Dupre, University of Exeter

Implications of epigenetics for evolutionary theory.

14.15      Dr Martyn Pickersgill, University of Edinburgh

Epigenetics Research and Mental Health Practice: Implications and Expectations.

14:50     Tea / coffee break

                Chair: Prof Adam Hedgecoe, University of Cardiff

14.55     5 minute summary – Dr Ginny Russell, University of Exeter - Trans generational inheritance.

15.20     Dr Maurizio Meloni, University of Nottingham - Political implications of epigenetics: Potential & Risks.

15.40      Prof Adam Hedgecoe, University of Cardiff

Discussion - panel (pm speakers) & participants

What are the interesting issues epigenetics raises for social scientists?


What could be studied?

What would be useful to study?

How could it be studied?

16.30      End


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