Cafe Sci Cambridge: How genes shape the immune system

Differences in our genetic code predisposes some people to developing autoimmune conditions. Gosia Trynka looks at how genomic science helps us understand the mechanisms behind this.

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Espresso Library, 210 East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1BG


Wed 12th Jun, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Most of the DNA that makes up the human genome is identical between people, but we all carry small differences called genetic variations. This is what makes us unique, and the majority of these have little or no impact on our health. However, some changes in the DNA are linked to disease, and some relate to common conditions that affect the immune system, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. By discovering the mechanisms through which these variation in DNA affect our susceptibility to such diseases, we’ll hope to develop more effective interventions and treatments.

To explain more, Dr Gosia Trynka from the Wellcome Sanger Institute will talk about the latest insights genomics is revealing about the astonishing complexity of our immune system. Gosia leads the immune genomics group at the Institute, using experimental and computational approaches to explore how variations in human genes impacts the immune system.

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This is a free and non-ticketed event.
Doors open at 18:45 so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Starts at 19:00 and finish around 20:30.
Drinks will be available to purchase from the cafe.