London Genetics Network

Launch meeting of the London Genetics Network

Friday 4th December 2020, 9.30am-4.00pm

Scientific talks and the opportunity to shape the network

The London Genetics Network is a new network founded by Professor Angelica Ronald (Birkbeck, GEL lab co-director) and Dr Karoline Kuchenbaecker (UCL). The Network is funded by the Genetics Society and is designed for researchers working in human genetic research in London and the surrounding areas. The Network’s aims are: 

  1. to increase London-based collaboration between researchers interested in human genetics
  2. to leverage London’s expertise by fostering knowledge exchange 
  3. to develop practical and online resources for training and development in statistical and computational genetics
  4. to support early career researchers through a range of new opportunities and research prizes

We will host our first meeting on Friday 4th December 2020. It will feature scientific talks as well as an early career research poster competition. Speakers include Frank Dudbridge, Kaitlin Samocha, Andrew McQuillin, Thalia Eley, Nathan Skene, Oliver Pain, Olga Giannakopoulou  and Conrad Iyegbe. There will also be a strategy meeting to provide a forum for discussing the network’s strategy and remit going forward.  

Academics affiliated with research institutions currently working in human genetics are welcome to attend.

Registration for the event is now closed.


The deadline has now passed. Please find poster submission details here

Carer awards

The deadline has now passed. To read about our carer awards and eligibility, and to see the winners being announced, please look here


9.40-10.00Opening session & welcome to Network
Dr Nick Luscombe (Crick Institute)10.00-10.25 KEYNOTEProf Thalia Eley (KCL)The genetics of anxiety: a new dawn is rising
10.25-10.50 KEYNOTEDr Nathan Skene (Imperial)Genetic identification of cell types underlying brain disorders and cognitive traits
10.50-11.10 COFFEE
Dr Emma Meaburn (Birkbeck)11.10-11.30Dr Kaitlin Samocha (Sanger)Investigating the genetic basis of developmental disorders
11.30-11.50Dr Oliver Pain (KCL)Imputed Gene Expression Risk Scores: A Functionally Informed Component of Polygenic Risk
11.50-12.10Dr Olga Giannakopoulou (UCL)Disentangling the genetics of depression in diverse populations
12.10-12.30Dr Conrad IyegbeAn investigation of influenza-mediated susceptibility to schizophrenia
Dr Karoline Kuchenbaecker (UCL)1.00-1.25Prof Andrew McQuillin (UCL)Genomics in Psychiatry – beyond a categorical diagnosis
1.25-1.50Prof Frank Dudbridge (Leicester)Evaluating genetic prediction of multiple outcomes
1.50-2.00 COFFEE BREAK
Dr Yalda Jamshidi (St George’s)2.00-2.20 Opinion paper 1Prof Aroon Hingorani (UCL)Future directions in human genetics: Democratising drug development through human genomics
2.20-2.40 Opinion paper 2Prof Sir Mark Caulfield (QMUL)Future directions in human genetics:Insights from the Chief Scientist of Genomics England
2.40-3.00 Opinion paper 3Prof Angelica Ronald (Birkbeck)Future directions in human genetics: Why development offers a much-needed bigger picture
3.00-3.20 ECR poster awardsProf Robert Plomin (KCL)Presentation from Chair of poster committee
3.20-3.30 Closing Remarks
3.30-4.15 Strategy meeting for NetworkDr Karoline Kuchenbaecker (UCL)