Genetics – past, present and future

Course code: 19054
Location: Brighton Courthouse
Day/time:  Tuesday 2.15pm Weekly
Starts: 12-Feb  Ends: 26-Mar

Participants will develop a basic understanding of genetics, first defined in 1900 as the science of heredity. Since then genetics has had and continues to have a huge impact on all life sciences. During this course we will follow the historical development of genetics into the relatively new science and technology it is today, with an emphasis on human genetics and the way it is changing the management of health and disease. The class includes power point presentations and electronic (or paper) handouts which cover the most important material from each session.

Jan Brasch

After completing a BSc Jan was the first Biologist employed at the Kew Children’s Cottages where she began her career performing chromosome studies of the children and trialling the first test developed to detect a metabolic disorder in newborns.(1963 -1965). Then after almost 10 years raising her own children she returned to part time study which led to research and an MSc in Genetics. In 1989 she joined the staff of Melbourne’s first DNA laboratory set up to diagnose genetic disease. Rapid advances in technology and exponential growth of genetic knowledge resulted in an exciting and challenging career until she fully retired in 2009.

Jan first presented Genetics lectures to Moorleigh U3A in 2008 and has enjoyed presenting to Bayside each year since its inception. In doing so she can indulge her passion for the subject while working to keep the lecture series up to date.

Last updated 4 November 2018