Visionary seminar: 'Human Genome Editing: Challenges, New Technologies and Ethics'

Genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic material. In this way it is possible to edit, add or even delete some of the genetics of plants, animals and humans in a precise, affordable and quick way.

The advances in genome editing can be traced back to quiet beginnings in the 1990s, but the current remarkable surge is largely because of the introduction of the CRISPR-CAS9, a genome-editing tool that can used to make changes in sections of the DNA sequence, in 2012.

Recent scientific advances have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which genome editing can improve human health.


The central question of this visionary seminar isn’t whether or not we will use human genome editing, but in which way and for which applications we will use it.


The interventions will be held in English.




Welcome coffee


Welcome by Leuven MindGate and short intro by prof. Wim Robberecht, Chairman of the programme
Prof. KU Leuven, Chairman UZ Leuven


Mutational mechanisms in human disease and genome editing potential
Eric Legius, Prof. KU Leuven - Center for Human Genetics


CrispR: where are we at, and where are we going?
Adrian Liston, Research Director of Translational Immunology VIB, Prof. KU Leuven


To CrispR or not to CrispR, biological pros and cons of human genome editing
Hilde Van Esch, Prof., Deputy head of clinic UZ Leuven, Center for Human Genetics


Coffee break


Ethical frameworks and social challenges of genome editing
Kris Dierickx, Prof. KU Leuven - Interfacutly Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law


Genome editing at Janssen Pharmaceutica: towards disease interception and cure
Pieter Peeters, Senior Director Computational Biology at Janssen Pharmaceutica and
Araz Raoof, Head of External Early Drug Development Europe at Janssen Pharmaceutica




Networking with drinks and snacks

Event Details


Thursday, December 14, 2017 (16:00 h - 21:00 h)


imec Auditorium
Kapeldreef 75
3000 Leuven

Parking is possible near the venue.
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135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven MindGate/ Leuven.Inc
175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities. Please contact us by e-mail.

Discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING:
Leuven MindGate Approval number DV.O219862
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Registrations before 7 December 2017, preferably via the online registration form or by email to (including all contact and invoice details).




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