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Genomics basis of human lifespan

Thursday 19 January 2017 17:00 - 18:30

This is a Knowledge Sharing Scotland (KSS) event.

Speaker:  Peter Joshi

Peter Joshi holds a prestigious Chancellor's Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, investigating the biomedical basis of human lifespan. He recently completed a PhD in the genetic basis of human traits, which culminated in a paper in Nature evidencing the benefits of genetic diversity in humans.

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and previously worked in strategic, risk, marketing and actuarial roles for many years at Standard Life and more briefly at Tesco Bank.

His present interest is to develop biomarkers for ageing and all cause mortality.

The topics discussed during this session will cover:

  • Extent to which lifespan is determined by genes or environment
  • Identifying specific genes that influence lifespan
  • DNA as a prediction tool for human lifespan
  • The outlook for genetic testing in life insurance and annuities


  • 17.00  Registration
  • 17.30  Start
  • 18.30  Close



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