Royal Society honours Oxford researcher

Seven researchers from the University of Oxford have been honoured by the Royal Society in this year's Royal Society Awards, Medals, and Prize lectures announced this week.

Prof Gil McVean, a University Lecturer in Mathematical Genetics and member of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, has been awarded the Francis Crick Prize Lecture for his major contributions to the field of population and statistical genetics.

Gil McVean

Prof McVean's work covers the molecular and evolutionary forces that shape patterns of genetic variation among humans, combining theoretical modelling, computational statistics and population genomics.  His work has led to fundamental insights into the way in which genetic variation can tell us about both history and recombination.  Currently, he is co-leading efforts to generate a map of all human genetic variation through the 1000 Genomes Project.

Prof. McVean said: 'It's very exciting to be asked to deliver the Crick Prize Lecture in this important year for the Royal Society.  It's both a great honour and an excellent opportunity to bring to a wider the audience the amazing insights you can get from studying the genetic differences between individuals.'

More information from the Royal Society:

Lecture Information

Our genomes, our history

* Starts: 6.30pm on 11 November 2010
* Finishes: 7.30pm on 11 November 2010
* Venue: The Royal Society, London

Francis Crick prize lecture 2010 by Professor Gilean McVean, University of Oxford

Genetic differences between humans reflect the fundamental processes, such as mutation, recombination and natural selection, which have influenced our evolutionary history. Now that we can chart the genomes of many individuals, we are finding many surprises about the nature of these forces. Professor McVean will discuss how his research has led to new views on the origin of mutation, the nature of adaptation and the evolution of recombination.

Professor McVean is a member of the Mathematical Genetics Group in the Department of Statistics at University of Oxford.

This lecture is free - no ticket or advanced booking required. Doors open at 5.45pm and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

This lecture will be webcast LIVE at and available to view on demand within 48 hours of delivery.