New technologies are transforming how we tackle global health challenges, from infectious disease threats such as coronavirus, MRSA and Ebola to the burdens of cancer, heart disease and dementia
We focus on new and emerging scientific opportunities for health, such as the power of AI to harness the wealth of data generated by genomics and ‘omics technologies. Our analyses of the potential impact of such tools on health services and society let us provide practical and realistic policy guidance grounded in sound science, law and ethics alongside medical needs and human concerns.
Research Innovations for health
We have a special interest in genomics, but there are other technologies that could change the way we manage our health
Report Artificial intelligence for genomic medicine
Looking beyond the hype, our report examines current uses of AI and where it might be heading
Explainer What is transcriptomics?
A short overview of the potential healthcare uses of transcriptomics
Research Assessing AI for early detection of oesophageal cancer
23 September 2021
A collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Kings College London, the PHG Foundation and Cyted.
Blog Economies of scale: Genetically-targeted therapies
15 September 2021
The genomics revolution has given us an exceptional understanding of what genes do, how they are expressed (turned on or off), and what happens when they don’t work as they should.
16 August 2021
What is pharmacogenomics?
Blog Challenging assumptions about technology and ageing
10 August 2021
A new inquiry by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics is examining the ethical issues posed using biomedical research and technology in helping people live better in old age.
Explainer Microbiome analysis and manipulation
27 July 2021
A short overview of the potential healthcare uses of understanding the microbiome
Blog What does ‘good governance’ look like for genome editing?
21 July 2021
PHG Policy Analyst, Tanya Brigden, usefully summarises the recommendations for the WHO's considerations towards genome editing
Blog Making the UK a science superpower
28 June 2021
The recent and abrupt change in Secretary of State for Health for the UK has overshadowed some very significant policy developments over the last week.