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The Future of Medicine

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Medical research, drug development and healthcare are always at the forefront of public interest, but how will these practices change in the future? In this first Cambridge University Science & Policy Exchange public lecture of the 2015/2016 academic year, The Future of Medicine, we look to explore both the achievements and challenges in genetic, epigenetic and genomic research and related public policy development which will influence the future of human health in the UK.

Speakers joining us on the evening will bring perspectives from academic and clinical research, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and government policy development. The audience will hear how genetic, epigenetic and genomic research can influence the diagnosis and treatment of rare and hereditary diseases, promote increased understanding of common, complex disorders like obesity and Type 2 diabetes and influence public policy to benefit human health in the future. Discussion will include the government-funded 100,000 genomes initiative.

We welcome you to join us in discussing these important topics at The Future of Medicine lecture and discussion evening, Thursday, October 22nd, at Selwyn College Cambridge from 5 pm.

Confirmed speakers for this science and policy exchange include: • Dr Mark Bale, Deputy Head of Health Science and Bioethics, Department of Health; Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Health; Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy • Nessa Carey PhD, International Director at PraxisUnico • Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly FRS F MedSci, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine; Director, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories; Director, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit and Co-Director, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science

Following short talks from the invited speakers there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and we invite all attendees to join us for an informal drinks reception after the seminar.

For those with particular interest in a relevant area, there will an opportunity to attend the post-seminar dinner with the speakers and CUSPE committee members. If you wish to apply, you will be prompted in the registration form to submit a short paragraph (max. 200 words) describing your interest in The Future of Medicine in relation to topic-relevant research and policy development and to include a question that you would like to ask the panel. Successful applicants will be notified during the week prior to the event.

This event has been kindly sponsored by MedImmune, the biologics arm of AstraZeneca.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) series.

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