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Epigenetics Demystified
A conference with Dr Nessa Carey and Professor Marcus Pembrey

Saturday 22 November 2014

Experiences, whether positive or negative, have a profound effect on the way our DNA is expressed in relation to the environment, and it is well established that relational and emotional experiences - like any other - can change the expression levels of a gene. These epigenetic modifications can alter our interaction with environmental factors throughout a lifetime, but are potentially reversible. It is this very reversibility that is of great interest to psychotherapists. We will be asking how effectively psychotherapy can turn around negative modifications to DNA by reducing the impact of trauma in the patient's life, and how stable such changes might be. In addition, recent findings from animal research show that the effects of trauma in one generation influence the expression of DNA in the next. This adds an important dimension to the study of intergenerational transmission of negative affect. Can you inherit biologically the consequences of the experiences of your parents or ancestors, and what are the mechanisms of such transmission? The extent to which this is established will be unpacked and discussed.


Dr Nessa Carey

Nessa Carey has a science PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Between 2001 and 2014 she worked in the UK biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, where much of her time was spent in translating the latest findings in epigenetics into opportunities to create new therapies to improve human health. Nessa is the author of the popular science book The Epigenetics Revolution.

Professor Marcus Pembrey

Marcus Pembrey is Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Genetics at University College London's Institute of Child Health and was a consultant clinical geneticist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. A Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol he was director of genetics within the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children for 1990-2005. He has been involved in epigenetic research from the 1980's, with a focus on transgenerational responses since the mid 1990's.


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Full-time students: £75
Self-funded: £150
Organisationally-funded: £290
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 7 hours will be provided at the event

Grange Fitzrovia Conference Suite
Bolsover Street

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00