Research VP Peter Rotwein’s TEDx El Paso Presentation Now Available Online

Dr. Peter Rotwein’s TEDx El Paso presentation, “Through the Looking Glass: Reading Our Future from Our Genetic Past,” is now available to view on YouTube.

Rotwein, M.D., is vice president for research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. He spoke at the event held at the El Paso Museum of Art in October.

Dr. Rotwein discussed how the availability of more complete genetic information will lead to some challenging decisions for many people — such as finding out if your genetic makeup might predispose you to specific health problems in the future.

Dr. Rotwein, who also serves as chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, explained how variation in the DNA within our genome gives people different characteristics and potentially makes some people more prone to certain diseases and others less susceptible.

“If there were a DNA test that could predict your disease risks for the future, would you take it?” Dr. Rotwein asked the audience to ponder.

Dr. Rotwein is a physician-scientist with clinical training in internal medicine and endocrinology and metabolism. His research focuses on the mechanisms of action of growth factors in human growth and development, and more broadly on the genetic basis of human disease.

Watch Dr. Rotwein’s presentation below.