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Hugh WatkinsProf Hugh Watkins, Head of the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, delivered the Inaugural Radcliffe Lecture on the 12 November, timed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the death of Dr John Radcliffe

The Lecture, entitled "Genomic Medicine - Hype or Hope?" was warmly received by the audience and was described as inspiring and thought provoking. Prof Watkins explored the success and limitations of genome sequencing in simple Mendelian diseases (where a mutation in a single gene causes the disease) and in complex disorders (where common variants in many genes influence the disorder with each having a small effect), against the backdrop of his ground breaking research into heart disease. The lecture was delivered in the impressive new lecture theatre of the Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.  For those of you unable to attend, the lecture was recorded and will be available shortly on this website.