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Genetic Medalling

Progress Educational Trust
Main Lecture Theatre, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
07 June 2011

The Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Sarah Norcross)

Photograph by Sarah Norcross
See photographs of this event below


An evening debate organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine, supported by the Wellcome Trust. This event forms part of the PET project Genes, Ancestry and Racial Identity: Does It Matter Where Your Genes Come From? (which launched with the event Is There a Place for Race in Biology? and continued with the event Will Pharmacogenetics Lead to Colour-Coded Medicine?).

The remarkable success of East African endurance athletes and sprinters of West African descent fascinates scientists and the public alike, and research to determine the role of genetics in athletic prowess is currently underway. Such work is controversial, because it could bolster arguments that performance is dependent upon race and is different between races, thereby perpetuating racial stereotypes. Moreover, some commentators have questioned the entire biological paradigm that prompts us to anticipate genetic factors in sporting achievement.

If we do find performance-related genes, how might this affect our attitude to sporting ability, fairness, equity and justice? To take an extreme scenario, would it be fair to segregate some sporting events based on 'race' if it turns out that certain 'races' have a genetic advantage? To what extent would such segregation be analogous to the male/female divide, which is also based on a genetic difference, and which is not without its own controversies (for example the recent case of champion runner Caster Semenya, whose gender became a matter of dispute).

This evening debate will see experts with contrasting perspectives discuss the relationship between genetics, sport and race. What might the consequences of this relationship be, for the imminent 2012 Summer Olympics in London?

In the PET tradition, following introductory presentations the bulk of the debate's running time will be devoted to soliciting questions and comments from the audience.




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Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar and Sarah Norcross speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar, (at podium) Sarah Norcross
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Sarah Norcross speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At podium: Sarah Norcross
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Anand Saggar and Sarah Norcross speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Dr Anand Saggar, (at podium) Sarah Norcross
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right in background: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right in background: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré and Connie St Louis speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Professor John Dupré, Connie St Louis
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Connie St Louis and Dr Alun Williams speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Connie St Louis, Dr Alun Williams
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Alun Williams and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Dr Alun Williams, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Connie St Louis and Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right: Connie St Louis, Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Anand Saggar speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Dr Anand Saggar
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At podium: Professor John Dupré
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Professor John Dupré speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Professor John Dupré
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Connie St Louis speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At podium: Connie St Louis
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Connie St Louis speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At podium: Connie St Louis
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Alun Williams speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At podium: Dr Alun Williams
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Alun Williams speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At podium: Dr Alun Williams
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Dr Rebecca Hill at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Dr Rebecca Hill
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Sandy Starr and Kerry Dyus at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Left to right at registration: Sandy Starr, Kerry Dyus
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


Sandy Starr at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

At registration: Sandy Starr
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


The Progress Educational Trust event 'Genetic Medalling' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)

Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


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