Healthy futures: genomics and beyond

28 November 2017

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Venue: Clare College, Cambridge

Scientific innovation and social change are driving us rapidly towards a future where personalised healthcare is the norm. What will this future look like and how will we get there?

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, the PHG Foundation's annual conference will explore exciting new opportunities arising from genomics and the more distant prospects ahead. As we move beyond genomics to integrate other innovative technologies for healthcare, join us in examining the practical and policy challenges of delivering a healthier future.


Network with delegates, including health commissioners, innovators, policy makers, researchers, health professionals, industry and patient representatives.

Buy tickets - £160


Photograph of Dr Robert GreenDr Robert C. Green - Director, Genomes2People Research Program / Professor of Medicine (Genetics), Harvard Medical School






Prof Dame Sally Davies - Chief Medical Officer for England

Mr Claus F. Nielsen - Data for Good Foundation / Vice chair for Personal Connected Health Alliance Europe

Mr Francis White - ​​VP Sales and Business Development, AliveCor Inc / NHS Innovation Fellow

Ms Carla Deakin - Associate Director, Nice Office for Market Access

Dr Chiara Garattini - Intel Corporation's UK Health Innovation team


Registration and coffee
Welcome and overview Dr Mark Kroese
Director, PHG Foundation
progress towards personalised medicine in England
Prof Sue Hill
Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England

NHS England plans to improve patient outcomes through the introduction of personalised medicine, including better prediction and prevention of disease, more precise diagnosis, targeted interventions and a more participatory role for patients.

Q & A
A vision of the future of diabetes care Claus Nielsen
Vice Chair, Personal Connected Health Alliance
Business Development Manager, Delta

Diabetes is a global health issue, with over 350 million people affected worldwide and numbers continuing to rise. How can personal connected health technologies support and empower diabetes patients to take control of their own health and wellbeing?

Q & A
Parallel A
Health technologies and the human factor
Dr Chiara Garattini
Intel UK
Sir Jonathon Ashbridge
President, European Society for Person-centred Healthcare
Clinical Director, Healthcare at Home

Chair: Alison Hall
Head of Humanities, PHG Foundation

Science and technology offer all kinds of new possibilities to personalise health and care, but how will humans interact with these technologies, and how can we ensure that they deliver benefits patients really want?

Parallel B
Innovations into practice in the NHS
Carla Deakin
NICE Office for Market Access
Francis White
Chair: Dr Philippa Brice
External Affairs Director, PHG Foundation

Hear regulatory and innovator perspectives and experiences of delivering innovations to health professionals and patients, and share in wider discussion.

Transformational technologies for health Chair: Dr Sobia Raza
Head of Science, PHG Foundation

The impact of modern genomics on medicine is substantial, but which of the many other new tools and technologies will also have a major effect? We will outline some of the most promising areas of development.

Personalised genomic medicine
Dr Robert C. Green
Director, Genomes2People Program,
Harvard Medical School / Broad Institute

Genomics lies at the heart of future health, but what will a future of personalised medicine informed by genomics actually look like?

Q & A
Introduction to VIP speaker Dr Ron Zimmern
Chairman, PHG Foundation
Genomics and health Prof Dame Sally Davies
Chief Medical Officer for England

Generation Genome, the Annual Report of the CMO released in July 2017, set out the varied ways in which genomics can be expected to inform and improve health now and in the near future in many different areas of medicine and public health. What policy steps will be needed to realise this vision?

Summary and close Dr Mark Kroese
Director, PHG Foundation

Useful information

Information on travelling by road, rail, coach and air is available here.

Unfortunately, parking is not available on site but there is secure parking available 10min away from the Gillespie Centre, Memorial Court, Clare College. The fee is £8 and can only be booked in advance on eventbrite. A map of the location of the car park and the Gillespie Centre is available here.

Alternative parking is available in the town centre at very high rates (£25 a day at Grande Arcade), or at several park&ride sites located on the outskirts of Cambridge. The park&ride stops in the centre of town and it is approximately a 15 minute walk from the centre to the Gillespie Centre.

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