Talking about a revolution

Talking about a revolution

Talking about a revolution

event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
  • Children holding a guinea pig
Genomics, mental health and paediatric medicine
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Health and medicine
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An astonishing 75% of adult mental health issues originate during childhood and adolescence - but how do we best tackle this far-reaching and global problem? Indeed, can we treat illness better, through early detection of diesease origins?

Cambridge is undertaking world­-leading research into how to fully integrate body and mind health and research to establish root causes of disease, provide more comprehensive support for children, young people and their families, and ultimately improve outcomes across the life span in the planned Cambridge Children's Hospital. 

Join Professor David Rowitch, Head of the Department of Paediatrics at Cambridge, as he discusses the future of research, genomics and clinical care for children and young people with physical and mental health conditions. 


Professor David Rowitch (Clare 1984)

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David Rowitch is a pediatrician (neonatology) and developmental neuroscientist. He is Professor and Head of Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge (UK), and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco. He obtained his MD from University of California Los Angeles and PhD (biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge. 

Professor Rowitch’s laboratory in the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute investigates genetic factors that determine development and diversity of glia, which comprise 90% of cells in the human brain. He has applied principles of developmental neuroscience to better understand human neonatal brain development as well as white matter injury in premature infants, multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophy. 

As a physician-scientist, Professor Rowitch’s interest focuses on functional genomic technologies to better diagnose and treat rare neurogenetic disorders in children. He is academic lead for the new Cambridge Children’s Hospital, researching origins of paediatric physical and mental conditions and preventive interventions within the UK National Health Service. 

His research in the field of developmental neurobiology and biomedicine has earned him numerous awards, including election as Fellow of the Academy Medical Sciences (UK) in 2018 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2021. 

Booking information

In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.

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