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Published on September 15, 2015

Gareth Davies, PhD, Named Visiting Professor at Vrije Universiteit

Gareth Davies, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics, has been appointed as visiting professor in the Department of Biological Psychology within the Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

“Dr. Davies joins a very elite and small group of scientists from around the world who are privileged to receive an appointment of this stature within VU. I believe this speaks to not only the phenomenal scientific contributions he has made over the past several years representing Avera, but also the high stature that Avera has achieved within the scientific community,” said Ryan Hansen, Executive Director of the Avera Research Institute.

Since its inception in 2007, the Avera Institute for Human Genetics has collaborated with VU and Dr. Dorret Boomsma. This partnership has resulted in tens of thousands of DNA samples that AIHG is analyzing for the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR), the world’s largest twin study.

The study of twins and their family members can provide insight into how genetics and environmental influences cause differences between individuals. By following twins over their lifetime, the NTR examines the influence of genes and environment on the development of the brain, intelligence, behavior, health and lifestyles, anxiety and depression, personality and aging. Both heredity and environment are factors in the development of characteristics and disease, and the aim of this research is to determine how large the contribution of genetic factors is.

Davies is a Human Molecular Geneticist with expertise in complex diseases and gene expression. He holds a doctorate in molecular genetics.

Other projects of the Avera Institute for Human Genetics include personalized medicine, biobanking, tumor registries, behavioral genetics and cancer genetic studies.

To learn more, please visit The Avera Institute for Human Genetics

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