About this event

  • Date and time Mon 27 Sep 2021 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics

The twelfth webinar in The genetics of… series. The concept of a clear distinction in gender identity between the sexes has been called into question, and the notion that it is a spectrum has been cited as a better fit. But what role do our genes play in sex, sexuality and gender? This webinar will explore the molecular evidence for genetic influences in this controversial area, bringing together experts in the field to provide current insights and answer your questions.

During this webinar you will:

  • Discover the current studies being conducted in the field of genetic determinants of gender

  • Understand the multifactorial nature of gender identity, starting with genetic factors behind sex determination

  • Acknowledge the limitations of genetic studies and the prospects for their future contribution to our wider understanding of gender

The genetics of… series has been developed following feedback from delegates. Presented by the Medical Genetics section of the Royal Society of Medicine, this series of talks will focus on the role of genetics in different areas of health and well-being.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining each webinar live and will be automatically issued after 7 days to those who watched the webinar live in its entirety. Those who watch the webinar on-demand will receive a CPD certificate 30 days after the webinar has gone live.  

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Melita Irving 

Genetics of sexual dimorphism

Prof Rob Kulathinal, Temple University, Philadelphia, United States of America 

The analysis of associations and the analysis of causes: Lessons for thinking about the genetics of gender and sexuality

Professor Jonathan Kaplan, Professor of Philosophy, School of History, Philosophy and Religion, Oregon State University, United States of America 


The genetics of same-sex sexual behaviour

Dr Robbee Wedow, The Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard

Panel Discussion
Close of meeting



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The seventh webinar in The genetics of… series. In this webinar, participants will have the chance to recognise the arguments for and against the role of genetics in addictive behaviour. Leaders in their fields will engage in a discussion to explore the role of DNA in driving addiction and to consider how epigenetic factors display the interplay of nature versus nurture.

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The genetics of ancient DNA and health: Episode 8

The eighth webinar in The genetics of… series. This unique and exciting webinar will allow participants to explore studies of ancient DNA and understand how it can inform us about the health of our species today. We have an unmissable chance to hear from specialists in the field blazing trails and harnessing key messages hidden within the genetics of our predecessors. 

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The genetics of extrachromosomal DNA and its importance in cancer: Episode 9

The ninth webinar in The genetics of… series. Join us for this webinar which will bring together three world-renowned scientists, each offering unique insights into the role of extrachromosomal DNA in cancerThere will be an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions on this recently emerging field of cancer genomics.

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The genetics of consanguinity and inherited risk

This webinar aims to explore the issues and management of risks related to endogamy and consanguinity and will highlight new advances in pre-natal screening protocols. Advances in next-generation gene sequencing have led to a better understanding of pre-emptive carrier risk assessments and adult-onset disease risks.

Experts within the field aim to highlight the advances within the field and explain how they are important in helping to reduce the burden of diseases in these families and communities.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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