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LML and collaborators at The University of Hong Kong to convene international conference on "Precision Medicine: Legal and Ethical Challenges"

last modified Mar 08, 2016 10:32 AM

The Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences 

jointly with

The Centre for Medical Ethics & Law, The University of Hong Kong,

to hold international conference on

Precision Medicine: Legal and Ethical Challenges

7-8 April 2016

University of Hong Kong 

 

Precision medicine promises to revolutionize disease treatment and prevention by capitalizing on personal variation in factors including an individual’s genes, environment and lifestyle.  Genomic and molecular data, for example, can be used to determine predispositions to particular diseases, predict the efficacy and safety of different treatment options, and develop drugs that are targeted to the fundamental biology of diseases rather than their clinical manifestations.   In these and other ways, scientific and technological advances have the potential to bring about an unprecedented increase in the tailoring of medical treatment and health care to the individual characteristics of patients.

In order to realize the full potential of precision medicine, however, we must rethink components of the legal and ethical foundation on which it will be built.  The reason for this is that science is more fluid than the law and ethics with which we hope to shape its development, and our legal and ethical frameworks were built with a very different generation of medical products and practices in mind.  To identify and explore the answers to the challenges that arise from this gap, the world’s experts on these matters will convene at the University of Hong Kong on 7-8 April 2016.

For more on the conference, see here.