[ASC-list] NSW event - history of Haemophilia

Derek Williamson derek.williamson at unsw.edu.au
Wed Oct 31 03:30:40 UTC 2012

Prof Merlin Crossley, Dean of Science @UNSW, on A Molecular History of Haemophilia.
Time 5.30pm
Date Thursday, November  1st.
Venue Museum of Human Disease
FREE Bookings: http://haemohist.eventbrite.com.au/
Queen Victoria was a carrier of haemophilia but in her day very little was understood about the disease and treatments were rudimentary. Alexis, the son of Tsar Nicolas of Russia, was affected by haemophilia and was treated, unsuccessfully, by the monk Rasputin. Now we understand haemophilia at a molecular level, treatments are effective, and there are even reasonable prospects for life-long cures brought about by gene therapy.
Merlin undertook his doctoral studies in Oxford just after his supervisor George Brownlee FRS announced the cloning of the clotting factor IX gene. He will give a background on haemophilia and a firsthand account of how research was done then, current issues in the field and work being done at UNSW, and some ideas about the future.

Derek Williamson
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Museum of Human Disease
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