Cambridge Science Festival – get personal with our scientists

This year’s Cambridge Science Festival (13-26 March) is getting personal – putting our brains, psychology and behaviours under the microscope during a series of events that explore who we are and what makes us tick.

Join researchers – including those from CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit – at a huge range of public events, talks and hands-on expeditions.

Our events are:

Do our genes influence our behaviours?

Wednesday 15 March: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

The influence of our genes on health and disease is well recognised, but can they also influence other facets of our lives? In this talk Dr John Perry of the MRC Epidemiology Unit will examine how recent genetic research suggests this may extend to regulating our personality and behaviours that predispose to obesity and other disorders.

Booking required:

A healthier you in a high tech future?

Saturday 18 March: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 18 March: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (evening session for grown-ups)
Sunday 19 March: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Guildhall, Market Square, CB2 3QJ

The latest technology now offers scientists the possibility to continuously monitor the way we move and how our bodies respond, and for a few hundred pounds we can discover clues in our DNA about our current and future health. But how is this data collected, and can we really trust it? Does all this information mean a future of personalised diets and healthcare, or do we need to look much wider than the individual to enhance our health and wellbeing?

Scientists at CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit and Centre for Diet and Activity Research use a wide range of technologies and approaches to understand the factors that influence our health and wellbeing –the variations in our genes, how we eat and get about, the people we know and the places where we live.

Visit our stand to take a personal journey through the different types of data we work with. Find out about the foods you eat and learn how we can tell if you’re sitting on the sofa or a bike. See how your data compares to others, and tell us if you think all this information can help people live healthier lives

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