28th June 2017: Lotte Houtepen – Epigenetics in Public Health: The Stuff of Legends?

Epigenetics is one of the hottest and fastest moving fields in the life sciences. It helps us investigate how our actions and the events in our lives can have long lasting effects on our health. Because epigenetics can serve as a biological signature of our (past) environment, it can fill in gaps in our understanding of human health and disease. Which means it has an enormous potential for application in public health. However, the scientific community is still working on unlocking this potential. We first need to know what these epigenetic markers are telling us, before we can speculate on ways to ‘fix our epigenetics’.

One specific epigenetic measure that has gained prominence is called the ‘epigenetic clock’, which can be used to estimate someone’s age with pretty good accuracy. People whose epigenetic age is older than their actual chronological age, often have poorer health outcomes and may even have a shorter life expectancy.

DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
Venue: Smoke and Mirrors

Join Lotte Houtepen and Bristol Skeptics Society to discover more about the epigenetics phenomenon, and explore some of the remarkable examples of epigenetic differences in relation to public health. We hope you’ll leave with an idea of what your epigenetics can tell you about your health.

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