Epigenetics – Moshe Szyf (July 26th)

When people hear the word “epigenetics,” chances are they think it is a big, scientific word that has absolutely nothing to do with them. And nothing can be further from the truth.

Epigenetics stems from that long-standing debate people everywhere have had for years: Is it nature, or is it nurture, or is it both?

Recent work by epigeneticists is showing evidence that the environment we grow up in (i.e., nurture) can have a profound and lasting impact on how our genes are expressed (i.e., nature.)

Moshe Szyf

Moshe Szyf


Moshe Szyf
, PhD, the James McGill Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University, is one of the pioneers of this field. In fact, his revolutionary article that helped launch the field (with his colleague Prof. Michael Meaney, who incidentally spoke at our 2010 BDL series,) was published in Nature Neuroscience in 2004 and remains one of the most cited articles in that journal!


He will talk about the ways gene expression can be modified and how that can lead both to pathology and to treatment. Join him, and us, on July 26
th to hear more!

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