Professor Matthew Farrer Lecture

Professor Matthew Farrer
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics,
Canada Excellence Research Chair
Brain Research Centre, UBC

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on November 19, 2011 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.
Note: Photos still to come.


Genetics of Parkinson Disease:
Paradigm Shifts and Future Prospects


Dr. Farrer became a Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in 2006, and served as the director of the Division of Neurogenetics and the Transgenic Core Facility. In 2008, he was named a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator, the Clinic’s highest award for research excellence, for several influential discoveries in neurogenetics. Dr. Farrer is internationally acclaimed for his work on Parkinson’s disease. His recruitment to UBC helps establish a research Centre for Applied Neurogenetics which is exclusively focused on neurologic and neurodegenerative disease research, prediction and prevention. Diseases of the brain represent one of the greatest challenges to global medical health in the 21st century. Nearly one-third of Canada’s population will be affected by brain disease, disorder or brain injury at some time in their life.