Date: 07.03.2019

Mar 20197Thursday

Ophthalmic Research Symposium - Jez Guggenheim

Date / Time
07.03.2019 17:00 18:30
Location:
Lecture Hall ENT-Hospital, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
Organizer:
Prof Frank Schaeffel and Dr Marita Feldkaemper
Lecturer: Professor Jeremy Guggenheim
Director of Research, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Cardiff, UK
Title: “The blurry line between genes and environment in causing myopia”

“The blurry line between genes and environment in causing myopia”

For many decades, there has been debate over the relative roles of “nature vs. nurture”. This lecture will present recent findings on the genetic contribution to myopia, and the role of environmental risk factors – with a special focus on education. In searching for interactions between genes and the environment, the distinction between these different causes can become blurry. Nevertheless, evidence of widespread gene-environment interactions is emerging, and attempts to use genetic information to predict children at risk of developing myopia are beginning to show promise.

About Professor Jeremy Guggenheim:

My research is aimed at discovering the causes of short-sightedness (myopia). Approximately 1 in 3 people in the United Kingdom suffer from myopia, and the condition increases the risk of a number of serious eye disorders. I have contributed to collaborative efforts with researchers from across the world, leading to the discovery of more than a hundred genetic variants that increase susceptibility to myopia. Nobody yet knows how most of these genetic variants play a role in myopia development, nor how best they can be used to target and improve treatment."

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