Personalised medicine: a young life saved through genomics and systems biology

Symposium: Royal Children’s Hospital, Monday 3 Junehoward_jacob

Professor Howard Jacob is getting genomics out of the research lab and into the clinic.

He’s at the forefront of personalised medicine. He and his colleagues successfully treated a five year old with a life threatening digestive condition in 2010, sequencing the boy’s genome to find a rare mutation.

He says we need to not just talk about how personal genomes will change medicine. It’s time to use it now especially for undiagnosed conditions.

When: 3pm, Monday 3 June 2013

Where: Ella Latham Theatre, ground floor, Royal Children’s Hospital

With Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D, Departments of Physiology and Pediatrics, Human and Molecular Genetics Center, Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital and Health

Howard is planning a $60 million genomics centre at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which recently became the first in the world to offer complete whole genome sequencing (WGS), from patient consent through the return of clinical results, to patients worldwide.

In this seminar Howard will outline his journey to date and discuss the transition from reactive medicine to prospective medicine.

Today we go to see our physicians or healthcare providers when we are sick, which is truly more disease care than health care. The ability to read the entire genetic code of people at birth will allow us to start moving medicine from being reactive to prospective.

While we have the technology today to start the process, there is a critical need to develop many new technologies from data generation, and data analysis to data knowledge and clinical implementation.

The solutions will come from people with strong backgrounds in science, mathematics, computer science and engineering, as well as health care teams.

Professor Kathryn North (Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) will respond to Howard’s presentation and outline the Murdoch’s progress in developing personalised medicine to improve child health outcomes.

This event is the first Victorian Systems Biology Symposium. The program is being undertaken by SBI Australia and supported by the Victorian Government.

SBI Australia is a node of the Systems Biology Institute, Japan. SBI Australia is an initiative of EMBL Australia, and the headquarters are located at Monash University in Melbourne.

Event details: Symposium followed by a Q&A, and a reception and networking event

Venue: Ella Latham Theatre, ground floor, Royal Children’s Hospital

Time & Date: Monday 3 June 3:00pm, followed by a reception upstairs