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Genes, Germs and Geography: The Future of Medicine

24 April 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Sharad Paul, Adjunct Professor, Auckland University of Technology; Skin Cancer Surgeon; Author, The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health
Chair: Professor David Salisbury CB, Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House



The advent of comprehensive genome sequencing has opened up the possibilities for the personalization of healthcare and the use of genetics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Dr Sharad Paul will contend that, in a world where most healthcare systems are struggling to cope with rising costs, medicine can never be sustainable in an ‘illness model’ but must instead focus on genetic profiling and a more personalized understanding of the human body.

Drawing from his book, The Genetics of Health, Dr Paul will argue that connections between the human evolutionary past, geographical location and exposure to certain germs, alongside diet and actions, have shaped the human genome and that understanding these connections can offer crucial insights into how to improve healthcare. Drawing from real world examples, he will analyse the possible futures of healthcare systems around the world.