How our genes are revolutionising medicine

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How advances in DNA sequencing technology are positively impacting the future of medicine and health. This is the discussion focus on Monday (Aug18) as Professor John Mattick, the director of The Garvan Institute of Medical Research arrives at the Griffith Health Institute to headline a public lecture on the topic.

Internationally known for his work on the human genome, Professor Mattick will discuss how new genomically informed approaches to healthcare delivery management will fuel a drive towards personal health optimisation through early identification and targeted treatment of individuals at risk of disease.

“Extraordinary advances in DNA sequencing technology have brought the base cost of human genome sequencing down from around $1 billion decade ago to $1,000 today,” says Professor Mattick.

“This is providing unparalleled insights into human genetic variation and the molecular basis of inherited disease, cancer and other complex conditions that comprise the major health burden of our community.

Challenges on health systems

“Health systems worldwide are being challenged by aging populations, the growing burden of chronic disease and rapidly increasing medical costs.

“In increasing numbers of cases, sequencing technologies are leading to life saving or life-informing outcomes. Soon, sequencing of children with genetic diseases, pharmacogenomic screening of individuals who may be prescribed drugs known to cause adverse reactions, and sequencing of cancer biopsies will become standard to inform diagnosis and treatment.”

Professor Mattick expects that within a decade or so, most people will have their personal genome sequence included in electronic medical records, used for disease risk mitigation and personal health optimisation.

“This will transform medicine and healthcare and provide enormous benefits for individuals, communities, health economics and national prosperity,” he says.

EVENT DETAILS

The Transformational Impact of Genomics on Medicine and Healthcare is a part of the 2014 Griffith Health Institute Seminar Series. WHEN: Monday August 18, 5pm – 6.00pm, refreshments from 4pm. WHERE: Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, G17 Lecture Theatre 3. rsvp ghi@griffith.edu.au for catering purposes

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