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Jan. 19, 2018

PUBLIC LECTURE with Professor Michael Fenech

Professor Michael Fenech is a Senior Principal Research Scientist of CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, Adelaide, Australia and Founding President of Asia-Pacific Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics Organization (APNO). Prof. Fenech is recognised internationally for his research in nutritional genomics and genetic toxicology and for developing the cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay which is a standard method used internationally to measure DNA damage in human cells. He gave a lecture to an audience of doctors, nutritionists, and molecular biologists on 19 January 2018 at Eijkman Institute. His lecture topic was "Genomic hallmarks of ageing and vitamin risk profiles associated with Mild Cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease". He explained that mild cognitive impairment and in its progression to Alzheimer’s disease are associated with genomic biomarkers of ageing such as telomere shortening and chromosomal DNA damage which are modifiable by nutritional intervention, suggesting the possibility of prevention if treated early.