So-called epigenetics is an example of a new field of research with an exciting influence on medicine and cosmetics. The term is composed of the words genetics and epigenesis, i.e. the genetic make-up and development of a living being. Initial findings in epigenetics show that our genetic make-up does not determine our lives from birth, as previously assumed. Information about our genetic make-up can be switched on and off by environmental influences and way of life. These environmental changes are even inheritable. This means that we carry in our cells a "memory" with experiences of our ancestors which influence our state of health, our ageing process and our behaviour. This explains, for example, why two people have the same cancer gene, but only one of them actually develops cancer.
Biochemist and skin physiologist Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt is an expert in biochemical dermatology and dermatophysiology and is well known in the cosmetics industry. He explains current research results which show that many skin phenomena develop through an interaction of hereditary factors and environmental factors.
The language of skin - epigenetics and latest research results Lecture by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schmidt Trend Forum & Medical SkinCare in Hall 10