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This year our annual conference, PM23: Precision Medicine Without Borders, focused on emerging topics as well as long-standing challenges at the intersection of precision medicine* and global health. For decades, global health scholars like the heroic Paul Farmer have grappled with and written about the challenges of improving individual and population health across borders, including designing “effector arms”** that are aware of the social roots and structural inequities that cause or exacerbate disease. Precision medicine recasts these familiar global health challenges in the molecular era, forcing us to confront foundational questions about how molecular diagnostics and treatments can be scaled and delivered globally, how biobanks should be designed, what variation is “normal,” and which technologies might help us cross the implementation gap. This conference provided a platform to discuss these supranational questions about global precision medicine.
To achieve these goals, we convened expert scientists from academia and industry who are developing new applications and technologies for precision medicine and global health. We framed these discussions around how best to improve precision medicine for all populations. As we have done in years past, we centered on elevating the patient voice.
Tuesday, Sept 19, 2023
10:00am – 4:00pm
The Joseph B. Martin Amphitheater, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA 02115
|Time||Topic & Speaker(s)|
|10:00–10:05 AM||Welcome — Isaac Kohane
Professor & Chair, Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, NEJM AI
|10:05–10:15 AM||Opening Remarks — George Daley
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
|10:15–11:00 AM||Opening Keynote — Krystal Birungi
Field Entomology Coordinator, Target Malaria Uganda
Uganda Virus Research Institute
|11:00 AM – 12:00 PM||
PANEL 1 — Biobanking around the world
PANEL 2 — Bringing genomics into public health
PANEL 3 — The implementation gap
|3:10–3:55 PM||Closing Keynote — Ashish Jha
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
Former White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator
|3:55–4:00 PM||Closing Remarks — Arjun Manrai
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
Deputy Editor, NEJM AI
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* Precision medicine is a useful framework to think objectively and constructively about treatment as well as the many axes of the human experience including ethnicity, race and medicine.