This series of free events provides multidisciplinary perspectives on the promises – and potential pitfalls – of personalised healthcare.

Healthcare in the 21st century faces unprecedented challenges from ageing populations and the burden of chronic disease, at the same time developments in biomedical science and digital technology offer opportunities to improve and personalise the prediction, prevention and treatment of disease. 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.

Join us as we highlight 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. All events are free to attend but advance booking is essential.

Coming up

The next event in the Life Sciences and Society series will take place at Robinson College on Thursday 29 November. This one day conference will focus on data sharing for personalised healthcare. Stay tuned for more information.

Topics which the series will address throughout 2016-17 include: 

  • The dynamic genome: health and disease
  • Data sharing for personalised healthcare: drivers and barriers
  • The future of medicine: personalised prevention

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

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Past event

The first in the new series examined the future of biobanking. In her talk New forms of biobanking: the “measured man”, held on 7 July, Prof Bartha Knoppers, Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University, lead us in an exploration of a move from static, one-off genetic testing to continuous, lifelong genome sequencing and analysis to underpin a revolution in medical research and healthcare.

The event was completely booked up well in advance and we were delighted to welcome a near capacity crowd to the Hughes Hall venue on the day.

Delegate feedback:

"Very interesting to hear about challenges with genomics at a governmental/policy level."

"Great, great talk and very well organised"

"I am completely new to this topic but found the talk accessible and grounded in realism – useful!"

"I really enjoyed it, and it was also a good way to meet people and make contact with them."