Each year we are lucky to have a well-respected senior researcher talk to us about their work – and in 2019, we heard from Professor Vicky Cameron from the Christchurch Heart Institute at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Prof Cameron provided background information about heart disease, and discussed how our inherited heart disease results from complex interactions between our genes and our environment. We were introduced to the new era of genomics, where “big data” is overturning established dogma and leading to new discoveries about heart disease risk. Finally, we learned about how current research is exploring this new frontier of genomics to gain a better understanding of heart risk prediction in New Zealand.
Professor Cameron heads the Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory of the Christchurch Heart Institute, researching the influence of genomics and epigenetics in heart disease development and progression, with a special interest in using genetics to understand heart disease risk factors in Māori and Pasifika communities, and in New Zealand heart disease patients. Professor Cameron is also Deputy Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Video of the lecture will be available to view on our website shortly.