Centre for Innovation in Medicine, an NGO based in Romania, is organizing the 6th edition of its annual Personalised Medicine Conference on 16th of December (10 am CET). The theme of this year is “The biological revolution of the 4th industrial revolution”. For the second year in a row, the conference will be virtual. We strongly believe that in this pandemic context, only great ideas can cross state borders and it is our duty to facilitate the informational transfer.

There will be two sessions revolving around this theme: one dedicated to “The genomic advances that made a difference in the pandemic and best practices in viral genomic surveillance” and one dedicated to “Personalized Medicine in the Romanian Cancer Control Plan”.

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Speakers:

Dr. Vinod Scaria

Dr. Vinod Scaria is a biologist, medical researcher pioneering in Precision Medicine and Clinical Genomics in India. He is best known for sequencing the first Indian genome. He was also instrumental in the sequencing of The first Sri Lankan Genome, analysis of the first Malaysian Genome sequencing and analysis of the Wild-type strain of Zebrafish and the IndiGen programme on Genomics for Public Health in India.

His group also contributed to uncovering the first reports of COVID-19 reinfection in India and a comprehensive resource on reinfections. He also pioneered research into the genomic characterization of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections. His research also reviewed the risk of monogenic diseases in COVID-19. He has also been instrumental in creating a comprehensive genomic surveillance programme for SARS-CoV-2 in the state of Kerala which has been able to provide early insights into variants and influencing policy.

Dr. Emma Hodcroft (TBC)

Dr. Emma Hodcroft is post-doctoral researcher at the ISPM, University of Bern in Switzerland, working with Christian Althaus. She has a history of research in phylogenetics, molecular epidemiology, and simulation of HIV, and was previously involved in the PANGEA_HIV initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is currently working on nextstrain.org.

Moderator:

Dr. Marius Geantă is a pioneer in the field of personalised medicine in Romania and Central Eastern Europe and is involved in some pan-European innovative healthcare projects, such as Information Technology: The Future of Cancer Treatment, DigiTwins Consortium, International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, Public Health Genomics Network, PECAN, Building Blocks for Personalised Medicine.

He is President and Co-Founder of the Center for Innovation in Medicine, a non-governmental organisation based in Bucharest, Romania, focused on innovation in the healthcare sector. The aim of the Center for Innovation in Medicine is to shorten the time between the emergence of innovations in the medical sector and their application so that they can benefit patients both in Romania and elsewhere.

From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Geantă recognized the vital role of viral genomic surveillance in controlling the pandemic. He and his team proposed a genomic surveillance system, personalized for the Romanian health system, based on genomic sequencing and data analysis for public health decisions.

Fireside Chats:

Angela Brand is Full Professor at MERIT (Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), Maastricht University, The Netherlands; Director of the European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG) as well as Dr. T.M. Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and Adjunct Professor at the School of Life Sciences at Manipal University, India. She has been the pioneer of Public Health Genomics in Europe and has coordinated and established National Task Forces in more than 15 EU Member States (MS) within the last years (PHGEN, www.phgen.eu).