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Molepi @ the IDEAL workshop - theoretical modeling, epigenetics and trans-generational effects -

Roderick Slieker, Marian Beekman and Bas Heijmans will attend the IDEAL workshop “theoretical modeling, epigenetics and trans-generational effects” in Southampton, UK coming November 28 and 29, 2012.

November 28 2012 Author: molepi - molecular epidemiology

Molepi goes to the American Society of Human Genetics

Molepi is happy to announce that Joris Deelen, Erik van den Akker and Kai Ye of Molepi will attend the American Society of Human Genetics in San Francisco next week.

All three will present their poster at the Annual Meeting. Their posters sessions are scheduled respectively as 1436W, Wednesday, Nov. 7 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm (Erik), 2035T, Thursday, Nov. 8 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm (Joris) and 459F, Friday, Nov. 9 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm (Kai). All located at the Moscone Center, Exhibit Halls ABC.

October 29 2012 Author: Eka Suchiman

Manuscript of Willemijn Passtoors is accepted.

We are happy to announce that the paper of our PhD student Willemijn Passtoors is accepted for publication by Aging Cell.

October 22 2012 Author: Molecular Epidemiology - Molepi

Announcement for the NCHA International Congress

NCHA scientific international congress "Adding Healthy Years to the Human Lifespan - from human observational studies to evidence-based interventions and self-management of health" will be held on 7-8 February 2013 in the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague, NL

October 09 2012 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Ingrid Meulenbelt is in Tokyo

Ingrid Meulenbelt is attending the seminar "Ageing societies in Europe and Japan: Policy Responses and Research and Innovation Solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing", which is organized in Tokyo.

October 09 2012 Author: Molecular Epidemiology

Talk of Eline Slagboom at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

Coming Sept 26, Eline will present at the seminar at the Max Planck Institute for Biology Ageing in Cologne, Germany

September 19 2012 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiolgoy

Eline Slagboom will give a talk at the NVHG meeting.

September 20 Eline will give a talk at the NVHG two-day Autumn Symposium.

September 19 2012 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Molepi was on Dutch broadcasting with our Leiden Longevity Study Research last Tuesday August 7, 2012

Molepi was on Dutch television with our Leiden Longevity Study research last August 7, 2012.

August 19 2012 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Contribution of Professor Eline Slagboom in Nature Reviews Genetics on Ageing

Together with 5 other authors, Eline Slagboom contributed to an article on genetic studies with regard to ageing, which is published in Nature Reviews Genetics.

July 10 2012 Author: Molecular Epidemiology - Molepi

Manuscript of Elmar Tobi published in PlosOne

The classic ‘Nature’ versus ‘Nurture’ debate is as hot a debate as they come in Science. These past few years a molecular link to the genome has been found to mediate the effect of Nurture on a molecular level; the epigenetic regulation of genes. Indeed we were the first to show in humans that prenatal exposure to the Dutch Famine can leave a persistent mark on DNA methylation, one of these marks, influencing the all important developmental gene IGF2.

We used this early lead to study the influence of the Famine (‘Nurture’) and genetic variation (‘Nature’) in tandem to discover that these two factors can independently influence DNA methylation at the same gene. Moreover, the influences were additive, indicating that ‘Nature’ and ‘Nurture’ can happily come together and sculpt your epigenetic make-up. Maybe the classical debate is more like the battle of the sexes; heated discussions, but even more fraternizing with the enemy.


June 04 2012 Author: Eka Suchiman


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