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Peter Donnelly on genetics and healthcare

Speaker(s): Peter Donnelly

  • Date recorded: 4 Sep 2014

  • Duration: 48:28

'There are lots of exciting changes in the times we live in...but I think when we look back on the early years of the 20th century and the developments, it will be genetics and the changes in our understanding of genetics that stand out.'

- Peter Donnelly

About this video

Professor Peter Donnelly discusses the exciting breakthroughs being made in modern genetics, and their impact on human health and healthcare.

Peter predicts the explosion in knowledge will lead to an understanding of how our genetic code can predispose us to developing inherited diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

This event took place as part of the Big ideas under the dome lecture series, celebrating the Library’s iconic domed La Trobe Reading Room and its role in inspiring creativity and ideas.


Peter Donnelly is an Australian mathematician, and Professor of Statistical Science at the University of Oxford.

Peter is the Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, which has an international reputation for the development of statistical methodology to analyse genetic data.