About this event

  • Date and time Mon 26 Sep 2022 from 5:30pm to 6:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics

This webinar brings together three leading experts in population genetics and anthropology to explore the evolving science and technology behind the search for our genetic origins.

Our speakers will provide an in-depth overview of our evolving understanding of who our ancestors were, and explain what this information could mean for our health.

During this webinar you will:

  • Explore the science and technologies behind genealogical testing and our search for our genetic ancestry 
  • Understand the current limitations of genealogical testing  
  • Discuss the potential impact upon health, disease and identity among individuals and populations 

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 wellbeing.

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Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


Standard pricing available until 26 September 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£22.00 £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £11.00

Key speakers

Dr Anders Bergstrom

Postdoctoral Training Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute

Speaker's biography

Dr Anders Bergstrom completed his PhD at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge, studying the genetic variation and history of human populations with a particular focus on Australia and New Guinea. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crick, he is working on human evolutionary genomics using ancient and present-day DNA, as well as the genetic history of dogs and wolves.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Melita Irving, Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and Council Member, Medical Genetics Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

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Origins of modern human ancestry

Dr Anders Bergstrom, Postdoctoral Training Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute

Finding Richard III

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Panel discussion
Close of meeting



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Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour 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 60 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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