Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Seeing in colour: A symposium in honour of Professor Ian Jackson

Dear friends and colleagues,

In light of the current COVID19 outbreak, we will postpone 'Seeing in Colour: A Symposium in Honour of Ian Jackson' until a later date. We are disappointed but want to reschedule the event for a future date where we can all travel and come together safely again to properly celebrate Ian’s career and contributions. We will contact you again when we have a new date for the symposium and hope that you will be join us and Ian in Edinburgh when things are clearer.

In the interim, please stay safe and healthy.

With very kind wishes

Liz Patton, Pleasantine Mill, Albert Tenesa and Joe Rainger


This scientific meeting is intended to recognise and honour, ahead of his  planned retirement, the contribution of Professor Ian Jackson, to both the functional genetics of pigmentation and of human eye disease over his 40+ years research career. From the simple clonal patterns of melanoblasts to complex genetics of human hair colour, Ian’s broad research interests in decoding the underlying mechanisms of fundamental cell biology has made him one of the world leaders in mouse molecular genetics as well as pigment cell research. His dedicated leadership in these communities and his mentorship to the many internationally outstanding scientists who have come through his lab speak volumes of his influence.

Our speakers have worked and collaborated with Ian over the years. We hope this meeting will mix their stories and superb science to generate an exceptional tribute and memorable occasion celebrating Ian’s career and contributions.

Monica Justice - Program Head Genetics & Genome Biology, SickKids, University of Toronto, CA

Steve Brown  - Director, MRC Mammalian Genome Unit, Harwell, UK

Darren Logan - Head of Research, Mars Petcare, UK

Joe Rainger - Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

Richard Mort - University of Lancaster, UK

Liz Patton - MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh

Pleasantine Mill - MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh

Albert Tenesa - MRC Human Genetics Unit & Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh


Registration for the conference is open to all and free to attend via Eventbrite




Jun 11 2020 -

Seeing in colour: A symposium in honour of Professor Ian Jackson

This research symposium will celebrate science related to the work of Ian Jackson, including mouse genetics, eye development and disease: June 11th 2020 (event postponed).

Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
University of Edinburgh
Crewe Road South