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OUR SPEAKERS

Leon van der Zanden

Comedian | Trainer | TV Host|Director

Leon van der Zanden has been cabaret and stand-up comedian since 1998. He has written and played in 9 solo performances, amongst which Rebel (2014/2015), Supergewoon (2015/2017) and Kameleon (2017/2019). On television, Leon can be seen in various programs and in 2019 he published the book ‘Green Cabaretier’ about himself and his career as cabaret.

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Bert Smeets

Professor Clinical Genomics at Maastricht University

Bert (Hubert) Smeets, PhD, is a professor of Clinical Genomics at Maastricht University. He is an internationally distinguished clinical molecular geneticist. In his research, Bert Smeets initially focused on inherited neuromuscular and kidney diseases, but mainly focuses on mitochondrial disorders nowadays. Bert Smeets has published more than 210 original research articles, reviews, and book chapters over the course of his career.

Guido de Wert 

Professor of Biomedical Ethics

Guido de Wert is professor of Biomedical Ethics at the Maastricht University, The Netherlands. His main research interests regard the ethics of genomic, reproductive and regenerative medicine. He is a member of both the Professional and Public Policy Committee (PPPC) of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) and the Ethics Committee of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and co-authored a whole series of Opinions and Recommendations of these European Societies.

Dr. Bianca van den Bosch

Laboratory Specialist Clinical Genetics

Bianca van den Bosch, PhD, is a laboratory specialist in Clinical Genomics at Maastricht UMC+. In her research, she specialises in hereditary cardiac diseases and pharmacogenomics. As part of her work in pharmacogenomics, Bianca van den Bosch works closely with the Erasmus MC for the development of personalized genetic passports, which will be used for the improvement of patient care.

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Genetic Conference

Our knowledge on genetics has skyrocketed over the years. Our genes are not only the blueprint for our evolutionary and human past, but may also give us a closer look at what is to come.

 

This event focuses on the implication of our genes by looking into identity, ancestry, and pharmacogenomics.

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OUR

MISSION

‘’We want to spread the message about genetics and genetic identity to the public. Our mission herein is to resolve confusion and raise awareness about genetic identity, commercialised DNA tests, heritage, diseases, and many more!’’

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CONTENT

TALKS

LEON'S GENETIC JOURNEY TO IDENTITY

A genetic story filled with witty humour about Leon's search to his identity

 

STEPPING UP OUR PERSONALISED MEDICINE GAME

How a genetic passport could revolutionise patient care

 

INTRODUCTION TO DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER TESTING

Investigating the accuracy of commercialised tests 

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE GENOME

A discussion on the genetic impact on the healthcare system 

DISCUSSION TABLES

At discussion tables, you’ll be able to discuss matter in the presence of experts within the field. This mainly concerns the ethical dilemmas surrounding the personal genome and direct-to-consumer testing, but also the applications of new genetic technologies to humans.

 

Consider, for example, the controversy that arose when news came out in November 2018 that a Chinese researcher had modified the DNA of two babies.

 

Is it morally responsible to change my child's eye colour? Should genetic modification be used to prevent or cure disease? What about my ‘ genetic privacy’ in an age of ever-increasing genetic technology?

 

Questions like these will be central to the discussion tables in our conference.

THE MARKET

In addition to the lectures, part of the location will be used for market stands. These interactive market stands are there for all your burning questions. For example, you’ll be able to participate in quizzes, competitions and mini-games to test your knowledge on genetics. What’s more, you can win your very own genetic test! More information during the event.

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OUR SPEAKERS

Leon van der Zanden

Comedian | Trainer | TV Host|Director

Leon van der Zanden has been a stand-up comedian since 1998. He has written and played in 9 solo performances, including Rebel (2014/2015), Supergewoon (2015/2017) and Kameleon (2017/2019). On television, Leon can be seen in various programmes. Lastly, in 2019 he published the book ‘Green Cabaretier’ about himself and his career as a comedian.

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Bert Smeets

Professor Clinical Genomics at Maastricht University

Bert (Hubert) Smeets, PhD, is a professor of Clinical Genomics at Maastricht University. He is an internationally distinguished clinical molecular geneticist. In his research, Bert Smeets initially focused on inherited neuromuscular and kidney diseases, but mainly focuses on mitochondrial disorders nowadays. Bert Smeets has published more than 210 original research articles, reviews, and book chapters over the course of his career.

Guido de Wert 

Professor of Biomedical Ethics

Guido de Wert is professor of Biomedical Ethics at the Maastricht University. His main research interests concerns ethics of genomic, reproductive and regenerative medicine. He is a member of both the Professional and Public Policy Committee (PPPC) of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) and the Ethics Committee of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and co-authored a whole series of Opinions and Recommendations for these European Societies.

Dr. Bianca van den Bosch

Laboratory Specialist Clinical Genetics

Bianca van den Bosch, PhD, is a laboratory specialist in Clinical Genomics at Maastricht UMC+. In her research, she specialises in hereditary cardiac diseases and pharmacogenomics. As part of her work in pharmacogenomics, Bianca van den Bosch works closely with the Erasmus MC for the development of personalised genetic passports, which will be used for the improvement of patient care.