The one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare isn’t working. With an ageing population and the spiralling cost of patient care, Scotland urgently needs to find progressive ways to create a sustainable NHS for the future. The solution may, surprisingly, lie within each of us. Precision medicine is an emerging healthcare model that makes it possible for doctors to tailor treatments, based on a patient’s genetic make-up. The right drug, for the right patient, at the right time. The ability to predict which treatments will work best for patients has the potential to save time and money on those that prove ineffective – as well as spare patients from unnecessary side-effects. But can precision medicine really revolutionise healthcare in Scotland, and across the world? Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak believes it can. In this thought-provoking talk, she shares how and why Scotland is leading the global development in precision medicine. University of Glasgow
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow as well as honorary consultant physician and non-executive member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. In 2016, she was awarded a DBE for services to cardiovascular and medical science.
Professor Dominiczak is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics. She held a British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Glasgow between 1997 and 2010, and directorship of the Cardiovascular Research Centre between 2000 and 2010.
Her major research interests are in hypertension, cardiovascular genomics and precision medicine, where she not only publishes extensively in top peer-reviewed journals (over 400 publications), but also excels in large-scale research funding for programmes and infrastructure (with a total value in excess of £100M over the last seven years). She leads a collaboration of four universities, four academic NHS Health Boards across Scotland and two major industry partners in a public/private partnership focused on precision medicine. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx