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Do Genes (ever) Determine our Mental Health?

With Dr Nessa Carey, Dr Oliver James and Dr Dianne Newbury

Saturday 18 June 2016

The nature-versus-nurture debate is always of great fascination to anyone wishing to discover the means by which we can best facilitate growth and health. Today, now that discussion is powered by the findings of the two human genome projects, we should have much better evidence for understanding the proportional roles of environment-versus-biological heredity. Of obvious great interest to all those concerned with health is how to get a better understanding of the major illnesses and their aetiology - particularly those with clear biological mechanisms. But what does research tell us about psychological issues? Are they influenced by DNA? And can they be reduced to physiology? Where do personality, emotional disposition or disorders of mental health originate? This day invites three presenters to examine the evidence.


Dr Nessa Carey
Nessa Carey has a science PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Between 2001 and 2014 she worked in the UK biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, where much of her time was spent in translating the latest findings in epigenetics into opportunities to create new therapies to improve human health. Nessa is the author of the popular science book The Epigenetics Revolution. More >>

Dr Oliver James
After taking degrees in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University and child clinical psychology at Nottingham University, Oliver James worked as a Research Fellow at Brunel University's Institute of Organization and Social Studies. He worked as a clinical psychologist in the Cassel mental hospital for six years (1982-8), before becoming an author, journalist, TV producer, television presenter and broadcaster. He is a Chartered Psychologist, registered in the Clinical and Occupational Psychologist Divisions of the British Psychological Society, and registered as a psychotherapist with the John Bowlby Centre. He works in private practice. More >>

Dr Dianne Newbury
Dr Dianne Newbury is a molecular geneticist who studies genetic contributions to childhood neurodevelopmental disorders. Her investigations specifically focus around speech and language impairment and its relationship to disorders such as dsyslexia. Dianne has a lab at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University and is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Her research is funded by a Career Development Fellowship from the Medical Research Council. More >>


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One Drummond Gate

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
16:15 Tea
17:00 End