BioData World Congress 2015

Genomics, big data and bioinformatics mark the start of the journey, personalised medicine is the end goal. How we get there will depend on whether we can get useable intelligence from the data – and then act on it.

Held with the support of the Babraham Institute, BIA, BioNow, the Pharmacogenetics, Stratified Medicine Network and the Pistoia Alliance, BioData World Congress will:

  •  examine the science and technology that is shaping and revolutionising our understanding of complex biological processes
  •  review the game changing innovation, roadblocks and critical success factors in the utilisation of genomic data in personalised medicine
  •  highlight how big data is driving developments in medical research
  •  bring senior scientists within academia, pharma and biotech companies in order to facilitate discussion and partnerships

This event is where innovation and expertise are showcased, solutions are found, and learning done. Join the world leading life science research institutions at BioData World Congress and help make personalised healthcare a reality.

One of the official speakers at the event agreed to share a few words about herself and her thoughts on the congress. Please be introduced to Ruth Chadwick, Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester and a keen advocate of integrated care.

Ruth Chadwick

Take a look at the short Q&A session:


1.  Can you please introduce yourself? Tell us about your background and current occupation. I have seen from your publication list that you have done work on genetic privacy...

I am currently Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, of the Academy of Social Sciences, and of the Learned Society of Wales. My research throughout my career has been largely concerned with ethical issues in genetics and genomics, and from 2002 to 2013 (when employed at Cardiff University) I was Director of Cesagen: the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics – a Lancaster-Cardiff collaboration.  I am also a member of the Council of the Human Genome Organisation and currently chair their Committee on Ethics, Law and Society. I am interested in the ways in which ethical frameworks are changing as science develops, in particular developments in our understanding and expectations of privacy.

2. You are one of the official speakers at the BioData World Congress. What are your expectations for the event? What topics will you be presenting in your talk?

I am hoping to learn more about what scientists perceive as the ethical challenges they face regarding big data, as well as to hear more about recent advances in transforming our understanding of disease.  I myself will be speaking about the multiple ways in which we conceptualise ‘the person’ in contemporary  ‘omics’.

3. Which session of the BioData World Congress would be of greatest interest for you?

‘A vision for collaborative scientific innovation’ – I am curious to hear about this vision, sounds exciting.

4. Can you give any advice to the young researchers on best practices of data management and sharing?

Not only keep abreast of, but where possible also contribute to the ongoing national and international debates on this topic.  It is important that these debates are informed by those who are working at the cutting edge.


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