Genetics – Understanding the Basis of Life

Course code: 18092
Location: Brighton Senior Centre
Day/time: Tuesday 2pm-4pm Weekly
Starts: 6 Feb   Ends: 27 Mar

Participants will develop a basic understanding of genetics and of the impact it has had and continues to have on all life sciences. There is an emphasis on human genetics and the way genetics is changing the management of health and disease. As an introduction we will follow historical development of genetics into the relatively new science and technology it is today. Then we will look at how genetics is advancing our understanding of health and disease . The class includes power point presentations and electronic handouts which cover the most important material from each session.

Jan Brasch
Jan began her career performing the first chromosome studies of the children at Kew Cottages and setting up the first test (heel prick) developed to detect a metabolic disorder in new born babies(1963). After raising her family she returned to part time study at Monash University which led to research and an MSc in Genetics. In 1989 after 3 years research at the Alfred she was employed by the new Victorian Clinical Genetics Service laboratory, set up to diagnose genetic disease using DNA technology. Rapid advances in technology and exponential growth of genetic knowledge provided an exciting and challenging career until retirement from the position of Senior Scientist at Southern Health Genetics in 2009.

Last updated 30 October 2017