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Simon is the Associate Dean (Medical and Exercise Sciences) and Professor of Translational Genomics in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. He is Director of the Centre for Precision Health, an ECU Strategic Research Centre, and leads the Collaborative Genomics and Translation Group.
Professor Laws leads The Collaborative Genomics and Translation Group, part of the Centre for Precision Health, an Edith Cowan University Strategic Research Centre, which he is the inaugural Director of. His Translational Genomics research focuses on understanding the role of genomics primarily in human health, with a developing application to human performance. This is undertaken from a Precision Health perspective, which utilises advanced biological technologies and analytical methodologies to improve health outcomes through the development of interventions (treatment/preventative strategies) tailored to an individual’s biological (e.g. genetic) profile, as well as their variable responses to their environment/lifestyle. Properly implemented, it has the potential to shift the focus of human health, and potentially, performance systems away from broad treatments/interventions towards improved individualised protection/prevention strategies for human health and performance.
The Human Health portfolio has two major research programs, which focus on:
Understanding the Genomic Architecture of Rates of Change in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders
Assessing the interaction of genomics and modifiable lifestyle factors and their combined impact on rates of change
The Human Performance portfolio currently focuses on developing an understanding of how genetics can be used for the optimisation of training for improved performance and injury prevention
Professor Laws also undertakes broader genetic and epigenetic collaborative research with scientists and industry partners in the Australian and International research community.
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