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Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

An Adelphi Genetics Forum event on progress and challenges implementing genomics into practice and society

October 2024 marks 20 years since the publication of the completed sequence of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in Nature. The International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium's outstanding achievement gave rise to great hopes, with the expectation that it would enable ‘researchers around the world to conduct even more precise studies of our genetic instruction book and how it influences health and disease'. How much of this prediction has been realised in the intervening years?


This year's conference offers an opportunity to hear about some of the achievements, hurdles and failures of the intervening period from a variety of perspectives: talks will include an overview of the scientific and technological advances; how genomics has affected families with rare conditions; population screening for cancer; the evolving ethical landscape; how genetic testing can be used to help prescribing; how epigenetics works, and how the burgeoning data from the human microbiome has cast light on heath inequalities.


Dian Donnai - Emerita Professor of Medical Genetics, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, University of Manchester and Adelphi Genetics Forum
Anne Ferguson-Smith - Arthur Balfour Professor of Genetics, the University of Cambridge Executive Chair - BBSRC (from 01.07.24)
Shirley Hodgson - Professor Emerita, St George's University of London
Anneke Lucassen - Professor of Genomic Medicine and Director of the Centre for Personalised Medicine, University of Oxford; and Adelphi Genetics Forum
Helen Middleton-Price - Chairperson, Adelphi Genetics Forum
Bill Newman - Professor of Translational Genomic Medicine, Clinical Director Northwest Genomic Medicine Service Alliance and Honorary Consultant, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Michael Parker - Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford
Andrew Read - Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine and Adelphi Genetics Forum
Fergus Shanahan - Emeritus Professor of Medicine University College Cork and APC Microbiome Ireland
Steven Sturdy - Professor of the Sociology of Medical Knowledge the University of Edinburgh
Clare Turnbull - Professor of Translational Cancer Genetics, Division of Genetics and Epidemiology, Institute of Cancer Research and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Cancer Genetics, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Nicholas Wood - Professor of Clinical Neurogenetics, Institute of Neurology, UCL (University College London) and President of Adelphi Genetics Forum
Sarah Wynn - CEO at Unique - Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group


Conference admission is free and an optional sandwich lunch is available for £10.

Further details

Read the full programme and register to attend on the Adelphi Genetics Forum website.