The Festival has really captured the imagination of leading scientists – particularly in the UK. So much so, that increasingly we are lucky to attract incredible speakers who hugely enrich the experience of our attendees. This year is stronger than ever. We luckily got a chance to visit some of our top speakers before the event to find out what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Festival below:

With less than 2 weeks to go until the Festival of Genomics, our speakers are excited to get on stage and share their latest developments with you. Here’s what they’ve told us:

  • Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England: “The biggest positive change we’ve seen over the last five years in genomics has been the combination of the price point producing with whole genome sequencing coupled with the ability to analyse large amounts of data relatively cheaply.
  • Anna Middleton, Association of Genetic Counsellors and Nurses, Connecting Science, Wellcome Genome Campus: ‘”What motivates me is understanding and documenting what Genomics means for patients and the public. I want to feed the patient voice into policy that matters.’’
  • Miika Ahdesmäki, Director of Bioinformatics, Cambridge Epigenetix‘’It’s when we start seeing large studies with clinical information about the patients and their treatments that we can start doing some brilliant machine learning.’’
  • David Smith, Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic‘’Think about the time in the not too distant future, where everyone has their genome in their pocket and how that’s going to change healthcare. Who’s going to be in charge of the information, and how will it change medicine when it’s not just diagnostic tests but can I just ‘scan your iPhone’? 
  • Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian, UK Government:‘‘I think the biggest change in the last five years has been the rate at which the science has made discoveries; we understand much more now about what a difference genetic constitution makes to the functioning of people.’’

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