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DNA dialogue – Prof Aarno Palotie, FinnGen
Join Australian Genomics' first DNA dialogue seminar for 2023 at a new time of 4pm AEDT: "FinnGen: a large, nationwide biobank project" featuring Prof Aarno Palotie from FinnGen.

FinnGen is a large public-private partnership aiming to collect and analyse genome and health data from 500,000 Finnish biobank participants by autumn 2023. FinnGen aims to provide novel medically- and therapeutically-relevant insights, and to construct a world-class resource that can be applied for future studies.

Finnish biobanks have already collected DNA samples from more than 580,000 possible FinnGen participants. The study has so far identified hundreds of disease-associated loci where the associated variant is enriched in the Finnish population, including a large amount of damaging coding variants. These provide potential for further functional studies and new insight in disease mechanisms. FinnGen releases summary level results for the whole research community twice a year.

FinnGen is coordinated by the University of Helsinki and involves Finnish biobanks and their respective universities and university hospitals, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service, the Finnish Biobank Cooperative – FINBB and 13 international pharmaceutical companies.


With the wealth of genomic expertise internationally, this seminar series is a forum for members of the genomics community in Australia and beyond to learn of new developments in health genomics and the overseas experience.  

DNA dialogue seminars are held live via zoom on the last Thursday of each month. Registration is open to anyone working in, or impacted by, medical genomics.

Feb 23, 2023 04:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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