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The Personalised Medicine Conference 2016 will explore personalised medicine through a research policy lens. Europe is a leader in personalised medicine, an interdisciplinary field which will drive the health research and innovation agenda for years to come in view to improve healthcare.


The Personalised Medicine Conference 2016 is now over. The organising team thanks all speakers and participants for two interesting and thought-provoking days.

Conference presentations

Keynote session

  • Ruxandra DRAGHIA-AKLI (European Commission, Directorate for Health Research, DG Research and Innovation) - Conference Welcome
  • Paulo LISBOA (Liverpool John Moores University, Applied Mathematics, United Kingdom) - Perspectives on personalised medicine
  • Anders OLAUSON (European Patients' Forum - EPF, Belgium) - Personalised medicine: a patient perspective

Session1: Developing Awareness and Empowerment

  • Mária Judit MOLNÁR (Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary) - Opening statement
  • Peter KAPITEIN (Inspire2Live, Netherlands) - Patient perspective on Personalised Medicine and how patient organisations empower the community
  • Rudi WESTENDORP (University of Copenhagen, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Public Health, Denmark) - Educational strategies in the era of PM – EITHealth
  • Jan GEISSLER (European Patients' Academy (EUPATI), Germany) - The role of patients and healthcare provider in translational medicine
  • Panos KANAVOS (London School of Economics - LSE; European Pharmaceutical Forum, United Kingdom) - The health economic impact of increasing patient engagement

Session 2: Integrating Big Data and ICT Solutions

  • Wolfgang BALLENSIEFEN (DLR Project Management Agency (DLR PT) - Health Research, Germany)Opening statement
  • Ernst HAFEN (ETH Zurich, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, Switzerland) - Holistic data and citizen data ownership
  • Mitzi LÁSZLÓ (Innit Foundation, Netherlands) - Tech and the Human Touch
  • Michal ROSEN-ZVI (IBM Research- Haifa, Israel) - The Power of Data
  • Janet THORNTON (EMBL - EBI, Research, United Kingdom) - Interpreting Genome Data for Personalised Medicine
  • Jaak VILO (University of Tartu, Estonia) - (Big) Health Data for Research
  • Andrew MORRIS (University of Edinburgh, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, United Kingdom) - Options and opportunities in health data science

Session 3: Translating Basic to Clinical Research and Beyond

  • Natalia MARTIN (French National Research Agency, Biology and Health, France) - Opening statement
  • Nicholas KATSANIS (Duke University, United States of America) - Personalized Medicine. What is it?
  • Markus PEROLA (National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Health, Finland) - From retrospective patient cohorts into prospective patient cohorts to clinical validation/li>
  • David JONES (Newcastle University, United Kingdom) - Stratified Medicine in Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Understanding Disease Mechanisms and Targeting Therapies
  • Sabine TEJPAR (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Oncology, Belgium) - Designing clinical trials for personalised medicine

Session 4: Bringing Innovation to the Market

  • Peter Høngaard ANDERSEN (Innovation Fund Denmark) - Opening statement - Brining innovative personalised medicine approaches to the market: lessons learned and future challenges

Session 5: Shaping Sustainable Healthcare

  • Gaetano GUGLIELMI (Ministry of Health, General Directorate Health Research and Health Innovation, Italy) - Opening statement
  • Walter RICCIARDI (ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA', Italy) - A framework on impact of PM in National Health Systems
  • Frédérique NOWAK (Institut National du Cancer, Research and Innovation Division, France) - Experience of implementing personalised medicine approaches in EU countries - France
  • Andres METSPALU (Estonian Genome Center, University of Tartu) - Experience of implementing personalised medicine approaches in EU countries - Estonia

All Presentations [zip]

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Recorded webstreaming

Day 1 - 01 June 2016

Day 2 - 02 June 2016

Relevant Documents

Conference Report

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International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (IC PerMed)

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Practical information

1 June 2016, 9.00 - 2 June 2016, 17.00 (CEST)
Charlemagne building
Rue de la Loi 170
B-1040 Brussels