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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Chris Hammond

Speaker: Professor Chris Hammond
Title: A Twin Tale: What makes you Myopic?
Date: 07 November 2012

Abstract: Can you avoid your child becoming short-sighted? Professor Chris Hammond talks about myopia, or short-sightedness, which is the most common eye disorder. It affects over 30% of the UK population, is becoming more common, and carries significant risks to vision, especially in those who are highly myopic.

He describes his studies in the TwinsUK cohort, discussing the relative roles of nature versus nurture and the causes of the increasing epidemic of myopia, particularly in East Asia. He also discusses efforts to identify genes in myopia, and presents some of the latest studies involving international meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies which his group has been leading, and discusses potential new treatments to prevent myopia progression in children as well as future strategies for research.

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