Precision Medicine: Only the Beginning of the Dialectic Between Genomics and Phenomenology
Isaac Kohane, M.D., Ph.D.Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Simons Foundation Presidential Lectures are free public colloquia centered on four main themes: Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Neuroscience and Autism Science. These curated, high-level scientific talks feature leading scientists and mathematicians and are intended to foster discourse and drive discovery among the broader NYC-area research community. We invite those interested in the topic to join us for this weekly lecture series.
Less than a century ago, the discovery of new inherited diseases accelerated through clinical research and analysis. The advances in clinical medicine derived from these discoveries were among the compelling impetuses for the Human Genome Project, which aimed to identify the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study. In many ways, the scientific bounty from the project has been tremendous. However, the primacy of genomics as an explanatory or even causal approach to biology and medicine has been fundamentally limiting.
In this lecture, Isaac Kohane will illustrate how a knowledgeable and deep embrace of dialectic between genomics and phenomenology is needed to rapidly advance our understanding of human biology and accelerate clinical medicine. The synthesis that this embrace entails, he says, will strain our current modes of investigation and put a very high premium on multidisciplinary and quantitative training in biomedicine.
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