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Professor Bartha Knoppers, Canada


LML Visiting Scholar

July 2016, with additional research visits in 2017 and 2018.


Professor Knoppers is the Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine 2001- and the holder of Chaire d’excellence Pierre Fermat (France) (2006-2008), she was named Distinguished Visiting Scientist (Netherlands Genomics Initiative) (2009-2012).

Professor Knoppers is internationally renowned in the interdisciplinary issues surrounding genomic technology and has written extensively on these issues. A list of Professor Knoppers’s publications can be found here.

Research focus

Professor Knoppers’s research will focus on human rights as a driver for data sharing. During her July 2016 visit, Professor Knoppers will deliver a public lecture, hosted by Hughes Hall and the PHG Foundation titled "The measured man? Is the time right for a move from genetic testing and biobanking at specific time-points to continuous, real-time monitoring of individuals?"

The seminar, delivered as part of the PHG Foundation's Life Sciences and Society Seminars, will explore how this "measured man" approach might affect health systems planning and research, and how it could yield vital new information for personalised healthcare.

Professor Knoppers’s July 2016 visit marks the early stages of a longer term relationship between the LML and Professor Knoppers and her research group at the Centre for Genomics and Policy at McGill University. As part of this ongoing arrangement we are delighted that Professor Knoppers will return to Cambridge for additional research visits in 2017 and 2018.

Prof Bartha Knoppers