Meet the scientist behind the research webinar: Dr Richard Allen

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29
August 2023

Are you interested in using your lived experience and voice to help us shape the future pulmonary fibrosis research?

This online webinar has now taken place.

A recording of the event will be made available in due course.

The Margaret Turner Warwick Centre (MTWC) lecture series is primarily aimed at researchers and healthcare professionals, which means that elements of each lecture are likely to be very technical. However, interested members of the public are welcome to attend.  Read on to find out more about what Richard will talk about during his MTWC lecture.

What will Richard talk about?

Each of us has a set of instructions in our body called DNA. Changes in the DNA can increase how likely someone is to develop certain diseases. By identifying which DNA changes are important in the development of a disease, we can figure out which genes are associated and which biological processes are involved in the disease. If we know what is causing a disease, we can then develop new treatments that target these processes.

In this talk I will talk about research where we have investigated the DNA of thousands of individuals with and without idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) to identify DNA changes that affect whether someone will develop IPF and then what affect this has on how severe the disease is.

Dr Richard Allen Biography

Richard is a lecturer in statistical genetics at the University of Leicester. His research focuses on the genetics of pulmonary fibrosis through large scale statistical analyses. He studied a Mathematics and Statistics BSc at the University of York and Medical Statistics MSc at the University of Leicester. Following his PhD he was awarded the Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis Mike Bray Research Fellowship to investigate the genetics of progressive pulmonary fibrosis.

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