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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 18:00 - 21:00

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Open-Knowledge-Melbourne/events/228798812/

Location:
ThoughtWorks Melbourne

Level 23, 303 Collins Street, Melbourne (map)

From a patient’s perspective, having a genetic test generally means letting a pathologist draw your blood or swab your cheek, signing a form and setting a date to await the results. But a lot more goes on behind the scenes. The process of DNA sequencing, identifying meaningful variants and interpreting likely outcomes combines biology, high-performance computing and rigorous statistical analysis to eventually help patients understand their disease risks, inform treatment options and potentially save lives. 

Speaker 
Professor Ingrid Winship is the Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University of Melbourne and the Executive Director of Research for Melbourne Health. She has a wealth of academic and clinical experience in the field of clinical genetics and speaks extensively on topics around clinical genomics and how researchers are using genetics to save lives. Prof. Winship holds numerous advisory and board positions including at the Human Variome Project, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. 

Meeting Timetable

6:00-6:15: arrival, mingling.

6:20: Professor Winship speaks about how genetic conditions are screened, and the process of identifying causal genetic variants, and how clinical genetic information is shared with patients and researchers. 

7:30 Light snacks and drinks

8:00 Further discussion. 

9:00 End

Notes

Please read our code of conduct http://au.okfn.org/get-involved/code-of-conduct/ and make sure to abide by it.

Please arrive no earlier than 5:30PM (to avoid disrupting ThoughtWorks employees). The meetup officially opens at 6PM, and there will be somebody to let people upstairs until about 6:15. 
If you arrive after 6:15, you'll need to call and someone will let you in.

There will be some snacks provided; we try to make sure that we cover vegan and gluten free. 
If you have specific needs, or feel like bringing something to share, please bring some food.

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible, as are the toilets. Please let us know if we can help with accessibility in any way.

Location:
ThoughtWorks Melbourne

Level 23, 303 Collins Street, Melbourne (map)

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Open-Knowledge-Melbourne/events/228798812/