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Medicine at the Crick | What Can Development Tell Us About Disease?

Posted by , on 24 October 2023

We are pleased to invite all members of the biomedical community to:

Medicine at the CrickWhat can development tell us about disease?

Thursday 2nd November 2023, 14:30-18.00

Free hybrid event taking place virtually and in person, organised by The Francis Crick Institute, London

Our Medicine at the Crick event series showcases major advances in biomedical science and raises awareness of the medical implications of major scientific advances amongst the Crick and wider UK biomedical community. Each event comprises a series of talks and a Q&A panel discussion, followed by a networking and drinks reception for in person attendees.

More about our next event 

Hosted by Alex Gould, this 12th edition of Medicine at the Crick will focus on recent advances in our understanding of how embryonic development influences adult disease.

The early-life environment is well established to impact upon infant health and disease. It is less widely known that it also influences the risk of adult diseases manifested many decades later. Developmentally “programmed” adult diseases are diverse and include type 2 diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative conditions and even some cancers. Research in this area, the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), is clinically important but surprisingly still not on the radar of many developmental biologists. This Medicine at the Crick event aims to raise awareness of DOHaD research. It will highlight emerging organogenic and epigenetic links between embryonic development and adult disease. It will explore how diseases such as cancer may involve inappropriate reruns of developmental genetic programmes. Key impacts of DOHaD research on public health policy will also be discussed.


Panel Chair: Prof Keith Godfrey (University of Southampton)

Speakers include: Prof Lucilla Poston CBE(Kings College London), Prof Richard Gilbertson(University of Cambridge), Dr Marika Charalambous (Kings College London) and Prof Ralph DeBerardinis (UT Southwestern Medical Centre). 

The panel discussion will be followed by a networking and drinks reception for in person attendees until 19:00. 


Please find attached a poster for the event. Visit our webpages for further details including a more detailed programme, and register via Eventbrite to order a free virtual or in person ticket for the event. 

Please send any questions to: and feel free to circulate this information among any colleagues who may be interested.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Medicine at the Crick event.

With all good wishes,

Peter Ratcliffe and Alex Gould

Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS                                                        

Director of Clinical Research                          

Dr Alex Gould

Principal Group Leader

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