Alumni Festival 2019 - The origins of cancer: What's in our genes, and what isn't?
Learn about new research that is uncovering how a person’s genetic inheritance colludes with non-genetic factors to influence the risk of developing cancer.
New research is uncovering how a person’s genetic inheritance colludes with non-genetic factors, such as our diet and environment, to influence the risk of developing cancer. Professor Ashok Venkitaraman will also discuss how this research may open new avenues to abort or prevent cancer development.
Recorded as part of the Sidgwick Site Saturday Lectures at the Alumni Festival 2019. Slides for this lecture can be found here
Professor Ashok Venkitaraman is the Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge, and directs the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit there. He is a physician-scientist whose research is widely recognized for helping to explain how human cancer is suppressed by genes that maintain the integrity of our DNA, and for developing new approaches to cancer therapy that have led to two Cambridge "spin out" companies.