UCL to stage international conference on genes in sport

November 13, 2001

Scientists will look into the present and future role that genetics may play in sport at a one day international conference at University College London.

The conference, organised jointly by the UK Institute of Sports Medicine and the School of Human Health Performance at UCL, aims to examine recent advances in molecular genetics and assess their influence on sports physiology and medicine both now and in the future.

With recent breakthroughs in human genomics the search is on for the key genes that determine sports performance. Their identification will, in turn, specify the proteins that may form the basis for elite sporting talent.

But advances of our knowledge in this field will also raise complex ethical and organisational challenges to the sports administrators and organisations. The conference will confront these issues head on with a gathering of speakers working at the forefront of their research.

UCL conference organiser, Dr Bruce Lynn, said today;

' The conference will be of wide interest to medical practitioners as well as sports scientists, physios and other health professionals. It promises to be the most comprehensive conference on the science and ethics of sports and genetics convened this year.'

University College London

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