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Personalised Medicine: Empowered patients in the 21st Century?

Practical Justice Initiatives Seminar Series



Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

To some extent, medicine has always been personalised; the individual characteristics of patients have long helped inform how health professionals diagnose and treat them. Yet the idea of ‘personalised medicine’ has gained increasing professional and popular attention throughout the early years of the new millennium. Personalised therapies promise significant benefit for patients, but also raise a new set of medical, ethical and social questions and concerns.

Join us to hear Professor Barbara Prainsack, King’s College London discuss her forthcoming book, Personalized Medicine, Empowered Patients in the 21stCentury, which investigates the recent movement for patients’ increasing involvement in their own healthcare. Bringing together empirical work and critical scholarship from medicine, public health, data governance, bioethics, and digital sociology, Personalized Medicine analyses the challenges of personalization, illustrating how it can prompt a form of technology-focused individualism, yet also presents new opportunities to strengthen social solidarity.

Professor Prainsack’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Professor Alex Broom of the Practical Justice Initiative in collaboration with Associate Professor Matthew Kearns of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology.

Professor Barbara Prainsack is Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. She is a political scientist with expertise in the regulatory, social, and ethical dimensions of bioscience, biomedicine, and forensics. In the medical realm, her current work focuses on the emergence of personalised medicine and the ‘participatory turn’ in generating, analysing, and interpreting data. In the realm of forensics she is interested in the impact of forensic technologies on attitudes and strategies of prisoners; the societal and regulatory dimensions of forensic bioinformation exchange; and the increasing convergence between biomarkers used in forensic and medical practices. Barbara also explores how the concept of solidarity can guide policy and practice in both of these domains.

This is a free event but bookings are essential here