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Your Heart, Your Genes: Exploring the New Frontiers of Genetic Science

10/15/2015 @ 5:30 AM - 8:00 PM


Your Heart, Your Genes: Exploring the New Frontiers of Genetic Science

You may recall reports from earlier this year of an on-line survey focusing on life-style questions that could predict with some certainty the likelihood of the person living for another five years.

One of the scientists behind that study, Dr. Erik Ingelsson(Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at Uppsala University; now on sabbatical at Stanford), will join us together with Dr. Lars Lind(Linneus Professor of Medicine at Uppsala University) for a discussion about different but related topics: genetics of obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease (and why preventive surgery based on genetics, as in Angelina Jolie’s case, might make a lot of sense).

Both Dr. Ingelsson and Dr. Lind are leading researchers in molecular epidemiology, a field where Uppsala University is one of the leading research institutions in the world. After this discussion on cutting edge research, an extended Q&A session will follow, so please bring your questions.

Erik Ingelsson, Professor of Molecular EpidemiologyUppsala University and Visiting Professor, Stanford University

Professor Erik Ingelsson obtained his MD (2000) and PhD (2005) at Uppsala University, Sweden. After post-doctoral training at the Framingham Heart Study in Boston, he moved to Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology in 2010. Since 2013, he has been Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at Uppsala University, but is currently doing a sabbatical at Stanford University.

Professor Ingelsson leads a team of about 20 scientists doing translational and interdisciplinary research, combining large-scale studies in human populations with work in zebrafish and cells to reach new insights into the causes of cardiovascular diseases with a particular interest in genetic determinants of these diseases.

Dr. Lars Lind, Linneus Professor of Medicine, Uppsala University
Professor Lars Lind graduated from medical school in 1984 and became PhD in 1988 on a thesis on calcium metabolism and cardiovascular risk factors in Uppsala. He is specialist in internal medicine and intensive care. After a period at AstraZeneca R&D, he was appointed the Linneus Professor of Medicine in Uppsala in 2008.

Lars Lind´s research is mainly in epidemiology with the task to understand and predict the development of atherosclerotic diseases, such as myocardial infarction and stroke. He is head of several epidemiological studies, such as PIVUS, POEM and EpiHealth. He has been main tutor for 24 PhD students and has published more than 500 scientific papers.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Program
6.45 p.m. Q&A
8:00 p.m. NetworkingLocation
K&L Gates LLP
Four Embarcadero Center
Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA

This program, organized by American Friends of Uppsala University, is complimentary. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To register, please contact Leila Wozniak by Tuesday, October 13.


5:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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