The Quadrivium Award for Innovative Research in Epigenetics

Epigenetics is the study of heritable genetic changes caused by factors other than the actual DNA sequence. Epigenetic factors have been implicated in a wide range of health conditions, from obesity to autism to cancer. 

The Quadrivium Award for Innovative Research in Epigenetics provides research support on a competitive basis to Rockefeller University scientists whose proposals challenge conventional thinking through investigations designed to probe unanswered questions about epigenetic processes and their role in health and disease.

Recent research has demonstrated that epigenetic changes can sometimes occur in rapid response to shifting environmental and lifestyle factors such as diet, chemical exposure or stress. Studies have also suggested that epigenetic modifications can be passed from one generation to the next. The child of a cigarette smoker, for example, could inherit epigenetic features that may be attributable to the parent's exposure to tobacco.

Discoveries in epigenetics are inspiring a growing number of scientists to look "beyond the genome" in order to understand the full range of mechanisms that contribute to human health. The Quadrivium Award was established to support these research efforts and to drive further innovation in epigenetics. 

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