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Dr. David Meyre, genetics, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, interview, medical application
Dr. David Meyre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. Dr. Meyre completed his PhD in the field of quantitative plant genetics in France. He has been working on understanding the genetic basis of human obesity and type 2 diabetes for the last 12 years. He has a strong urge for better understanding the impacts of genes in interaction with risk environments on obesity. Dr. Meyre has over 110 publications, and is recognized internationally as an expert in the genetic epidemiology of metabolic diseases. His expertise in the field has earned him the title of Canada Research Chair in Genetic Epidemiology. His interests for current and future research include understanding the genetics of obesity among different ethnic groups, better understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms involved in metabolic diseases, identifying the interactions between genes and specific environmental exposures, and the usefulness of genetic information in clinical applications.