Boston Integrative Medicine Network Forum 2018
Genetics, Epigenetics & Lifestyle: Another Twist
The aim of the Integrative Medicine Network Forum is to convene the Boston-wide integrative medicine community, strengthen local connections, and provide an environment for seeding new ideas and opportunities through shared learning and networking.
At this year’s third IM Network Forum, the Boston Osher Center will be presenting and discussing current views on the importance of inherited genes, and the modification of genetic information by the environment and behavior.
Date: Friday, November 16th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Venue: J. B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
Address: 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA, 02115
Free to Attend. Registration opening soon.
For more details contact: Aterah Nusrat or Jessica Kaufman at HMSOsherCenter@partners.org or call 617.525.3204.
There is great current excitement with the genome and “personalized” medicine in which treatments are tailored to individual patients’ genes.
At the same time, a very active area of research is showing that the expression of genes is not fixed, but can be modified by environmental factors, and that these modifications can be passed down to future generations.
Although such genetic modifications can be harmful, exciting new research is suggesting that it can be beneficial as well. In particular, self-awareness, learning and behavior changes can counteract gene expression patterns that predispose to disease.