Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) 13th Annual Oration: Not born equal, when DNA is in charge. 20 Sept

You are invited to the Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) 13th Annual Oration to be presented by Professor Jozef Gécz, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, University of Adelaide and SAHMRI.

In ~1 in 50 individuals world-wide the healthy development of the central nervous system is affected by a genetic alteration. These, so-called neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs), are a group of primarily intellectual disabilities, epilepsies, autisms and cerebral palsies. They are amongst the most clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders which pose a considerable challenge to medicine and our society. In 30 years of my research in this field more than 1000 different NDD genes have been identified, yet we have answers for less than 50% of the sufferers. There is a considerable excess of affected males over affected females although the sex chromosome X contribution is only 10-15%. Whilst finding the causes of NDDs have been rewarding, understanding the disease mechanisms and finding effective treatments remains the major challenge.

Wednesday 20 September, 5.45 – 7.30pm, doors open from 5.15pm
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace.

All welcome – FREE admission: food and drink following event.

RSVPs essential for catering by Thursday 14 September to anne.jurisevic@adelaide.edu.au

HDA Oration 2017 flyer