ForumThe Possibilities of Personalized Medicine
About this event
As scientists work to understand which genes control which traits and responses, the opportunity to tailor treatment based on our genes is becoming a reality. Imagine no longer spending months or years finding the right medication and dose that works for you and your body. This could mean millions of people no longer hospitalized from adverse drug reactions each year in the US. Not to mention, effective drug discovery could cost less and happen more quickly too.
But as with any new technology not every possibility is a good one. Who might profit off of the vast amount of personal medical data needed from individuals to make this technology work? Could genetic testing could be used as a basis for discrimination? What would it mean if only rich people can afford it? And for those in ethnic groups with smaller populations or fewer people getting genetic testing, will the tests even be useful?
Join the Museum of Science and Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute for a panel discussion about the possibilities – both good and bad – of personalized medicine. Then stay and participate in facilitated small group discussions about this technology and what it means for you.
Tuesday, November 16, 5:00-6:30PM
Registration is now open!