Future Debates: Would you share your DNA?

Future Debates: Would you share your DNA?

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 6th Feb 2019

Organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, this is our flagship Future Debate for 2019. Join us for a night of discussion and drinks with a distinguished panel, where we’ll delve into the contentious issue of genomics and privacy, answering the question: Would you share your DNA? 

Confirmed panellists: 

Chair: Samira Ahmed, a British freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, where she has presented Radio 3's Night Waves and Radio 4's PM, The World Tonight, Sunday and Front Row. 
Dr Saleyha Ahsan, a practising A&E doctor, a former Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and a broadcaster. She regularly reports for The One Show on BBC One and has also presented the hit BBC Two health series, Trust Me I'm a Doctor. 
Dr Christian Jessen, a British physician, television presenter and writer, best known for presenting Channel 4 programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny. 
Phil Booth, coordinator of MedConfidential, which campaigns for confidentiality and consent in health and social care, seeking to ensure that every flow of data into, across and out of the NHS and care system is consensual, safe and transparent.

We now live in an age when an unprecedented amount of data is collected about our lives, and this data is not a finite resource – there are countless ways to analyse and extrapolate our potential future actions and desires from it. 
At the same time, the full DNA (or genome) of thousands of volunteers is being collected for research and the NHS is preparing for the rollout of medical services that use this data to diagnose, treat and prevent serious illnesses of willing patients. This data has huge potential for improving the health of everyone using the NHS, but genomic data is the most personal type of information, and it requires special care and protection. 
This round of Future Debates will consider the benefits and risks of a medical system that uses genomic data. How should it be stored and who should have access? Should everyone's genome be analysed at birth? And is there a duty to donate your genome, like we do with blood and organs?
 
Doors open: 18.30 
Debate start: 18.45 
Drinks reception: 20.00

Cost: Free of Charge


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2019-02-06 2019-02-06 Europe/London Future Debates: Would you share your DNA? Organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, this is our flagship Future Debate for 2019. Join us for a night of discussion and drinks with a distinguished panel, where we’ll delve into the contentious issue of genomics and privacy, answering the question: Would you share your DNA? https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/02/06/future-debates-would-you-share-your-dna-192889 Wellcome Collection,183 Euston Road, London,,London

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