Genomics is a fundamental component of personalised healthcare, and getting related policy right is essential to the successful delivery of better health. Join us for a day of expert insight, multidisciplinary discussion and informal networking on personalised healthcare and policy.

The conference will:

  • Highlight exciting scientific developments driving new healthcare opportunities 
  • Consider how society may interact with and influence the use of genomics and related fields in health 
  • Explore real-world policy issues and approaches 

Who should attend?

Whether your professional activity lies in business or bioinformatics, patient care or patent law – if you are interested in personalised healthcare and policy, this conference is for you! 



09:00 Registration and coffee
Welcome & overview
10:00 Plenary sessions
Genomics in everyday clinical cardiology

Prof Perry Elliott, UCL & St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London
10:25 Using genomics to improve reproductive health
Tony Gordon, Genesis Genetics
10:55 Break
11:15 Using genomics to improve diagnostics and monitoring
Prof Nitzan Rosenfeld, Inviata Ltd / Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
11:45 Q & A
12:15 Lunch

Parallel session A
Genomics and infectious disease

Translating microbial genomics into clinical practice
Dr Estée Török, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge

Point-of-care diagnostics
Prof Justin O'Grady, Norwich Medical school, University of East Anglia

Towards an effective UK policy for pathogen genomics
Dr Leila Luheshi, PHG Foundation

Parallel session B
Genomics, health records and clinical care

Linking genomics and health records
Prof David van Heel, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London,

Patient benefits from integrating genomics and healthcare
Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydii, Patients Know Best

Legal issues in NHS genomic data sharing
Alison Hall, PHG Foundation

14:30 Break

Panel session
The shape of things to come

Dr Anna Middleton, Wellcome Genome Campus,
Dr Nick Lench, Congenica Ltd., Dr John Liddicoat, University of Cambridge

15:00 Q & A
15:50 Summary & Close

Book your place today

A limited number of free places are available to students, contact Jennifer Vance for details #LSS2016

A full agenda as a PDF file is available here

Life Sciences & Society

Healthcare is on the cusp of an exciting new future, but health systems must move quickly to meet these challenges and exploit the opportunities ahead. The series highlights the key areas where science and technology could transform disease prevention and care, examine barriers to implementation, and explore the policy implications of biomedical and digital innovations for health.

Meetings are open to all and combine expert insight with lively discussion and networking opportunities.

The Life Sciences & Society series is an initiative of the PHG Foundation, in partnership with Cambridge University Health Partners and Hughes Hall.