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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Invitation to Professor Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya at Nobel Week at Stalkhome on 9th December and Registration confirmation of Prof Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya

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Nobel Week Dialogue 2012

Booking No.2891645
NameProfessor Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya
TitleProfessor and Head Department of Pathology; Convener & course Cooridinator of Diploma in clinical pathology & Post Graduate diploma in Laboratory technology of West Bengal university of Health sciences;
OrganizationSchool of Tropical Medicine; 108 CR Avenue Kolkata-73; West Bengal; India
Address108 Chittaranjan avenue Kolkata-700073; W.B; Ind, Kolkata India
Please indicate which best describes your status:
Expert / Researcher
Personalised Medicine / Disease Genetics5. Highly Interested
Genetically Modified Organisms / Genetics in the Environment1. Not Interested
Genetic Determinism and the Regulation of Gene Expression5. Highly Interested
Society’s Role in Guiding the Development of Genetics and Genomics Research and Applications4. More Interested
Synthetic Biology and Human Evolution4. More Interested
Is there a topic within the sphere of "The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society" that you would be interested in hearing discussed, which is not listed above?
Press Releaseyes
If you selected ‘Other’ please explain:

Many thanks for signing up to receive more information regarding the inaugural Nobel Week Dialogue.
With this first email, we are delighted to inform you that registration to attend the event, or view it as streaming video online, is now open.
One of the aims of the Nobel Week Dialogue is to invite a wider public to engage with scientists and policy makers for discussions of the topic of 'The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society', and registering online offers you the first opportunity to do just that.
Sign up to attend the event in person or register your contact details to receive information regarding the online streaming
of the day's programme

As part of the registration process, for both those that are interesting in attending the 9th December event in Stockholm, in person, and those who are interested in taking part via the live webcast, we are inviting you to tell us which topics interest you most.

The programme is still in development, and in the coming weeks, we will collate this feedback and use it to help choose which questions to focus on during the lunchtime and afternoon panel discussions.
We encourage you to visit the Participants page to view the full list of participating experts, and learn more about the exciting group of people from diverse fields that we will be bringing together to engage in the Nobel Week Dialogue. 
As one participant, Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research Council, stated in our Press Release regarding the Nobel Week Dialogue, “The question before us is how to share the spectacular developments in the life sciences with wider society. Sharing is more than communicating. It means creating common ground that, even if contested, can also reassure and create trust."
In that vein, we look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months and anticipate with pleasure your participation on the 9th December.

Many thanks for registering to view the video stream for the 9th December Nobel Week Dialogue. We very much look forward to the day and to having you join the proceedings online.

In early November you will receive an email confirming the meeting timings and the selection of afternoon panel discussion topics, based on the feedback that you and others are providing.

In the meantime, thank you again for signing up to view this inaugural event.

Kindest regards,

Corinne Mathieu 
Nobel Media AB
(on behalf of Nobel Week Dialogue)
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Dear Professor Pranab Kumar Bhattacharyya
We are pleased to announce that the afternoon discussions panels for the Nobel Week Dialogue have now been finalized. Drawing from the preferences that you and others so kindly supplied regarding the proposed topic themes, we have selected the following three discussion streams for you:
Stream 1: The promised land of genomic medicineStream 2: Genetics in agriculture and the environmentStream 3: Human evolution and human biology 
Information on the three afternoon discussion streams, together with a more detailed event programme, can be found on the Nobel Week Dialogue website.
We are also pleased to confirm that all three of these discussion streams will be available to view via live webcast on the day of the event. Whether you are interested in viewing only one topic, or you would prefer to jump between all three, we welcome your participation: the webcast will include a feature inviting you to submit questions to each panel.
We are very excited about the amazing group of participants who are taking part in these afternoon discussions. They represent an unusual and potentially highly productive cross grouping of fields, specialties and perspectives, bridging the historical divide between ‘science' and ‘society'. We look forward to having you present as they tackle these topics of your choosing.

See the answer What Professor  Pranab Kumar  Bhattacharya Asked answered by Joe Goldstein and  Mary Claire King

Gene-environment interactions was a hot topic during the first part of Stream A in the panel discussion on The Promised Land of Genomic Medicine: Where Can the Science Take Us?
The moderator, Göran Hansson, posed the question: How far are we from understanding these interactions?
Eric Lander raised a really interesting point that the general public perceive genetics as risk factors of disease. He disagreed with this impression saying “genetics is here to understand mechanism”. It seems that geneticists need to portray as Lander said that “genes and environment works inextricably together”.
Using lung cancer as an example, Lander said that we can understand the genes involved but we need to address the huge environmental factor: smoking. He added that we need to communicate science better to get people to stop smoking and understand this obvious environmental effect.
In some diseases, I thought it was brilliant that this panel of geneticists were willing to question the focus on genetic research. Joe Goldstein said “we have to deal with patients with diseases that have strong familial components”. He cited colon cancer as an example where a colonoscopy is much better than getting your genome sequenced.
If you look at cancers in a population, the hereditary impact varies between 3 and 10%. Using breast cancer as an example, Mary Claire King said that by working with families that are severely affected by the disease, they were able to isolate the genes involved: BRCA1 and the many others found since. She said Europe was better at testing for these mutations but the United States needed to improve. If these mutations are tested in women, these cancers can be prevented. I think this is true for many new technologies involving genetics – governments are slow to adopt them which to me seems short-sighted given the costs involved downstream for treatment.
This short-term focus was also raised by Bert Vogelstein who said that “we, as a society, are so focused on curing these advanced cancers that we don’t see other ways to tame the beast”.
This was such an fascinating discussion. Now that we know so much more about the genetic mechanisms, it seems that looking towards the impact of the environment is more possible. Göran Hansson  summed this up saying “we are probably in for a new era of diagnostics”.
Maria Delaney tweets @mhdelaney.
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