Inn at Penn Hotel
36th & Walnut Street
Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
“Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes ARE Genetic: Successes from Genome Wide Scans”
Struan has been conducting human genomics research for over 15 years in locations including Scotland, Australia, Iceland and, most recently, the US. The highlights of his career include the discovery of the strongest associated gene with type 2 diabetes reported to date and leading the largest international effort to characterize genes influencing common childhood obesity.He will discuss his research in simple language and show how it is easier to study type 2 diabetes and obesity in children due to their shorter exposure to the environmental factors that can complicate analyses in adults.