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Prof Hugh Watkins delivered the Inaugural Radcliffe Lecture on the 12th November, timed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the death of Dr John Radcliffe. The lecture, entitled "Genomic Medicine - Hype or Hope?" was warmly received by the audience and was described as inspiring and thought provoking.

Prof hugh watkins delivers the inaugural radcliffe lecture

For those of you unable to attend the lecture it is available as a podcast. Prof Watkins explored the success and limitations of genome sequencing in simple Mendelian diseases (where a mutation in a single gene causes the disease) and in complex disorders (where common variants in many genes influence the disorder with each having a small effect), against the backdrop of his ground breaking research into heart disease. The lecture was delivered in the impressive new lecture theatre of the Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.