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2018

‘Imagine if a genomic screen could tell you immediately that a person would have a negative reaction to this drug, or that this particular drug would work for that person’

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Genomics is the Future of Medicine

On Wednesday, 21 March, a phenomenal panel discussed the role of genomics in the future of medicine, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2018.

We’re in the middle of a revolution. Thanks to genomics we can know the entire DNA sequence of organisms, with huge implications for personalised medicine, disease screening, new vaccines, gene editing, and much more. Where will the genome revolution take medical science, and what does it mean for patients?

On Wednesday, 21 March, Homerton College briefly relocated to the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, for a panel discussion as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Speaking on the panel were three Homertonians: Honorary Fellow Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England; Professorial Fellow Tim Eisen, Professor of Medical Oncology; and Professorial Fellow Mary Dixon-Woods, Director of The Health Improvement Studies Institute. They were joined by special guest Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians which celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. The panel was chaired by Professor Simon Gregory, Homerton Fellow and Health Education England lead for General Practice.

As well as providing an illuminating discussion, the panel were put through their paces with challenging questions from the packed audience. Big data, mental health, and the training of medical students all featured.

Thank you to the Cambridge Science Festival for having us!