October 2016

18 October 2016

Vacancies at PHG Foundation - deadline approaching

If you are keen to work in policy and can bring expertise and excellence in humanities and ethics or business development to these exciting roles at PHG Foundation then apply today! We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits.

If you are keen to work in policy and can bring expertise and excellence in humanities and ethics or business development to these exciting roles at PHG Foundation then apply today! We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits.
Deadline for Project Manager (Humanities) is this Friday 21 October
Deadline for Business Development Manager is Wednesday 26 October

Personalised healthcare: making the most of genomics

Thursday 29 November, Robinson College, Cambridge
The next event in our Life Sciences & Society series will be a full day packed with expert discussion and networking opportunities. We’re delighted to confirm Illumina’s head of regulatory affairs, Mya Thomae will complete our afternoon panel session, which will explore ‘The shape of things to come’ in personalised healthcare.

 

Genomics is a fundamental component of personalised medicine, and getting related policy right is essential to the successful delivery of better health. Whether your professional interest lies in business or bioinformatics, patient care or patent law this will be an informative and thought provoking day.

Tickets are just £65 for the full day (incl lunch and refreshments). Book here

 

Personalised medicine

An international group of population health experts, including PHG Foundation Chair, Dr Ron Zimmern, is calling for sharing of health data to be the norm if precision health agendas are to succeed and build sustainable health systems.In other news, New Zealand announces its own precision medicine initiative, the latest in a series of high profile government backed projects, and at an international meeting, experts announce an ambitious global initiative to build an ‘atlas’ of all the cells in the human body to transform health research.
Success of future health systems hinges on access to data, say experts
Mapping the way to understanding human health
New Zealand announces its own precision medicine initiative

 

 

Science and health policy

 

Philippa Brice reports back from the Conservative Party Conference, where personal responsibility for health was a recurring theme – but is it that simple, she asks? While Stefano Gortana left the conference feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the lack of real policy making and productive discussion. As antimicrobial resistance tops the international agenda, Laura Blackburn urges that governments not to lose momentum on this serious health threat
AMR tops the international agenda
Conservative Party Conference fails to answer the questions
Rights, responsibilities and rhetoric: health and politics

 

Healthcare futures

Commenting on Nuffield Council of Bioethics review on the ethics of genome editing, Laura Blackburn recommends discussion around the ethics of germline editing starts sooner rather than later as they are likely to be heated and protracted. Sufia Rahman unpicks the hype – both positive and negative – surrounding synthetic biology and Stefano Gortana’s overview of nanomedicine concludes that, despite its potential to revolutionise personalised healthcare, nanomedicine in mainstream clinical practice is some way off. Stem cell technology takes another step forward as scientists in Japan create 26 functioning mice direct from a petri dish.

The ethics of genome editing: where now?
Synthetic biology – hot or not?
Nanomedicine: laying tiny foundations for a big future in personalised medicine
From the dish - to a healthy mouse