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14 March 2012

Professor Michael SnyderThe University of South Australia has secured an international leader in the field of functional genomics to give the first lecture for 2012 in its popular Knowledge Works public lecture series.
 
Professor Michael Snyder from Stanford University in California will present the lecture on Genome Sequence and Personalised Medicine, next Monday March 19 at UniSA’s City West Campus.
 
Prof Snyder will outline the potential the field of genomics has for our future and well-being. He says very soon people will have the ability to have their DNA decoded. 
 
“This can be used to help people in their health care; although they might also find results that could alarm them, that is they have predispositions for certain diseases,” he says.
 
“In the future all of us will have this option. By sequencing their genome, people can see what diseases they are at risk for and then monitor markers to catch such diseases early if they arise. By catching diseases early, they can often be treated and managed before they become serious.”
 
The potential of Prof Snyder’s research has great significance in predicting and interpreting healthy and disease states, with significant potential implications for the future delivery of personalised medicine.
 
UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation, Professor Sakkie Pretorius, says UniSA is delighted to have Professor Snyder present the first Knowledge Works lecture for the year. He says Prof Snyder’s lecture will kick off an exciting Knowledge Works lecture series in 2012.
 
“Knowledge Works is a great opportunity for UniSA to share its ground-breaking and world-class research in action with the community,” Prof Pretorius says.
 
“In this year’s series, insightful findings are being shared across a broad spectrum of UniSA’s research expertise, including health and well-being, marketing and business, our society and culture and Australia’s technological and sustainable future.”
 
Prof Snyder’s lecture will be held on Monday March 19 at 6pm in the Allan Scott Auditorium in the Hawke Building at UniSA’s City West Campus. To register for Prof Snyder’s lecture and to subscribe to the Knowledge Works lecture series go to www.unisa.edu.au/knowledgeworks

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