BrisScience: Predicting our future: Genes and disease risk

In 2013 Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she’d inherited the BRCA gene mutation.

Last month Christina Applegate had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed for the same reason.

Join us this month as Professor Melissa Brown discusses why the BRCA gene is linked with a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and more generally how our genes contribute to the risk of disease.

When Monday, 13 November 2017
Time 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Arrangements Doors open at 6:00pm
Refreshments Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation
RSVP This is a free event. Please register to secure your seat.

Meet the presenter:

exec_mel-brownProfessor Melissa Brown is a leading Australian researcher and academic with a strong interest in breast cancer genetics. Her research focuses on understanding the regulation of breast cancer associated genes and focuses on the human BRCA genes. These human genes produce tumour suppressor proteins, but specific inherited mutations in these genes increase the risk of female breast and ovarian cancer.

This year, Melissa commenced as the first female Executive Dean in the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland (UQ) and is a strong advocate for supporting and growing the number of women in STEM fields.

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