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'Not born equal, when DNA is in charge' - Professor Jozef Gecz

  • Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide 233 North Terrace Adelaide, SA, 5000 Australia (map)

Healthy Development Adelaide’s 13th Annual Oration will be presented by Professor Jozef Gécz, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, University of Adelaide and SAHMRI.

Prof. Gécz’s presentation is titled 'Not born equal, when DNA is in charge'.

In about 1 in 50 individuals worldwide, 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 among the most clinically and genetically diverse disorders which pose a considerable challenge to medicine and our society.

In Prof. Gécz’s 30 years of research in this field, more than 1000 different NDD genes have been identified, yet answers have been found 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%. While finding the causes of NDDs has been rewarding, understanding the disease mechanisms and finding effective treatments remains the major challenge for Prof. Gécz.

RSVPs essential for catering by Thursday 14 September to

Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Time: 5.45pm - 7.30pm (Doors open from 5.15pm)
Venue: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Free admission: food and drink following event.