Past Invited Speakers

& the Titles of Their Lectures

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Invited Speaker 1Invited Speaker 2Invited Speaker 3
1st Meeting:
‘The Human Genome- where are we?’
David Bentley,
Wellcome Sanger Centre, Hinxton, UK
‘The Genetics of Breast Cancer’
Prof. Mike Stratton,
Wellcome Sanger Institute
CEO Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
2nd Meeting:
3rd Meeting:
‘Y chromsome haplotypes’
Prof Mark Jobling,
University of Leicester
4th Meeting:
‘Gene Duplication studies’
Prof Ken Wolfe
Trinity College Dublin
‘Clinical Genetics – past, present and Future’
Prof John Burn
Translational and Clinical Research Institute
International Centre for Life, Newcastle
5th Meeting:
‘ Unravelling the complexities of the septin gene family ’
Dr Hilary Russell, Queen’s University, Belfast
‘Consanguineous marriages: keeping the family together or genetic adventurism?’
Professor Alan Bittles, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
6th Meeting:
‘The Medico legal considerations in the collection, storage and handling of blood, DNA samples and genetic data: points of concern for researchers’
Mr Asim Sheikh
Division of Legal Medicine, UCD
‘Genes, peoples and languages’ Prof Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Stanford University, USA
7th Meeting:
Human Mesenchymal Stem cells: Therapeutic Applications’
Dr Frank Barry, REMEDI Institute, NUI Galway
‘Do we really need cancer geneticists’
Prof Michael Steel, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
8th Meeting:
‘RNAi for neurogenetic diseases’
Dr Beverly Davidson, Iowa,USA
9th Meeting:
‘Genetic skin barrier defects in atopy’
Dr Alan Irvine, Consultant Dermatologist
Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin
‘Use of twins for gene discovery’
Professor Tim Spector
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology
Kings College, London
10th Meeting:
‘Sweet dreams: using genome wide association methods to find genes for diabetes and obesity’
Professor Mark McCarthy, University of Oxford
‘Genomic Approaches to Brain Diseases’
Dr Guy Rouleau,
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11th Meeting:
‘Genes for Blood Pressure’
Professor Mark Caulfield, William Harvey Research Institute, London.
‘Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: expanded Phenotypes and Complex Genetics’
Professor Orla Hardiman, National Centre for Neuroscience, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
12th Meeting:
‘Mapping complex traits- The human and canine genetics systems’
Dr Elaine Ostrander, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, USA
‘Ophthalmoacromelic syndromes in mouse and man’

Professor David FitzPatrick, MRC Human Genetics Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

13th Meeting:
‘Advances in human genetics: what benefits for the patients?’
Dr. Arnold Munnich, Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades and University Paris Descarte
‘A singular view of the genome’
Prof. David Schwartz, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
14th Meeting:
‘From Childhood encephalopathy to lupus: Mendelian type I interferon-opathies’
Prof Yannick Crowe, University of Manchester
‘Whole-genome sequencing and the detection of disease-causing mutations’
Prof Lynn Jorde, University of Utah
15th Meeting:
‘Old men and selfish spermatogonia: how much do they contribute to mutation burden’ Prof Andrew Wilkie, University of Oxford‘How next generation sequencing changes medicine’ Han Brunner, Radoud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
16th Meeting:
‘The Unique Network-Supporting Families and Professionals Challenged by Rare Chromosome Disorders’ Dr Beverley Searle, UNIQUE-Rare Chromosome disorder support group, UK‘Novel Strategies for prevention of hereditary and multifactorial retinal disease’
Prof Peter Humphries,
Trinity College Dublin
17th Meeting:
Clinical Genomics: Merging Human Genetics and Genomics’ Prof James R. Lupski
Neurogenetics, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
‘Marfan syndrome and related disorders: for gene to therapy’
Prof Bart Loeys
University of Ghent, Belguim
18th Meeting:
‘The 100,000 Genomes Project’
Prof Mark Caulfield
William Harvey Research Institute, Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK
‘Clinical Implications of 2-day whole genome sequencing of acutely ill infants’ Prof Stephen Kingsmore,
Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine, Children’s Mercy- Kansas City, USA
19th Meeting:
‘Breast Cancer: Genome-wide association studies and beyond’ Prof Nick Orr, Complex Trait Genetics Team, Institute of Cancer Research, London‘Genetic Architecture and The (Future) Landscape of Genetic Testing’
Prof Cecile Janssens
Emory University
Atlanta Georgia, USA
20th Meeting:
‘Identifying the sources of the Icelandic gene pool’
Prof Agnar Helgasson, DeCode Genetics, Iceland
‘Development of Improved Integrated Clinical Services from Creation of a Nationa Inherited Retinal Degeneration Register’
Mr David Keegan, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Surgeon,
The Mater Hospital, Dublin
21st Meeting:
‘What happens when cells don’t all act the same way in human disease’
Prof John Greally
Professor in Department of Genetics (computational Genetics) pediatrics (Division of Genetics) and Medicine (Division of Hematology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
‘Insights into genetic disease from the BiB cohort’
Prof Eamonn Sheridan
Professor of Clinical Genetics,
Leeds Teaching Hospital
22nd Meeting:
‘The genetic basis of ALS, the past, present and future’ Prof Jan Veldink,
UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
The Human Phenotype Ontology: A semantic framework for phenotype-driven translational research and genomic diagnostics’
Prof Peter Robinson
Jackson Laboratory, USA
23rd Meeting (online):
‘An elite Dynasty in Neolithic Ireland and what genomes tells us about politics in prehistory’ Dr Lara Cassidy
Trinity College Dublin
‘Newborn screening for Lysosomal storage Disorders: An evolving paradigm’
Prof David Kronn
Associate Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics, New York Medical College
Director, Medical Genetics, Boston Children’s Health Phyisians, New York, USA
Population Genetics in an Era of Precision Medicine’
Eimear E. Kenny
Director, Institute of Genomic Health
Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, USA
24th Meeting (online):
‘Mainstreaming genomics across a public health system-lessons from the NHS in England’
Dame Prof Sue Hill,
Chief Scientific Officer for England and Senior Responsible officer for Genomics in the NHS
‘A genomic Chronicle of Prehistoric Britain’
Prof David Reich
‘Let’s get it together: Perspectives on genomics research in Ireland, from the Irish Health Research Forum’ Dr. Avril Kennan,
CEO Health Research Charities Ireland.
25th Meeting: 2022‘Interpreting variation in the non-coding genome’ Dr Nicola Whiffen, Group Leader and Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics‘Dysregulated alternative splicing – a new (and druggable) hallmark of ageing’ Prof Lorna Harries, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health‘Ancient Irish and other genomes; expect the unexpected’ Prof Dan Bradley, Professor of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
26th Meeting 2023“The importance of moderate and high risk genes and polygenic risk in population risk stratification” Prof Gareth Evans, Regional Genetic Service, Manchester
“Utilising the full potential of whole genome sequencing for clinical purposes” Prof Serena Nik Zainal, University of Cambridge“Dosage sensitivity in evolution and disease” Prof Aoife McLysaght, Trinity College Dublin