Program

The future of life science: The data revolution in life science and healthcare 

Program May 12-13, 2022

Moderator: Adam Rutherford, geneticist, science author and broadcaster on BBC Inside Science

Each session includes presentations and moderated discussions.  

The symposium starts with lunch at 12:00, the program starts at 13:00.

MAY 12  

Session 1: FROM DATA TO INSIGHTS 

During the first session we discuss how data is used in life science and health care today, and what we can learn from using data in new ways. Questions to be addressed include: In what ways can the data revolution within life science be seen? What is the impact of new methods for analyzing and understanding biology? How do different factors affect our health? What are the implications for preventive actions and care? 

THE DATA REVOLUTION IN LIFE SCIENCE AND HEALTHCARE

  • Mathias Uhlén – Professor of Microbiology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

GENES, PROTEINS, AND PRECISION MEDICINE

  • Janne Lethiö, Professor in Medical Proteomics, Karolinska Institutet

WHAT DETERMINES OUR HEALTH? 

  • Cecilia Magnusson, Professor of Public Health Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet
     

Session 2: HOW IS DATA USED IN LIFE SCIENCE AND HEALTHCARE TODAY 

A session where specific cases from life science and healthcare is presented. The cases relate to how data is used in modeling of disease outbreaks, in precision medicine and in development of pharmaceuticals.  

MODELING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS 

  • Tom Britton – Professor in Mathematical Statistics, Stockholm University 

PRECISION MEDICINE IN ONCOLOGY 

  • Albrecht Stenzinger – Professor of Molecular Tumor Pathology, Head for the Center for Molecular Pathology, University Hospital Heidelberg 

PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Including Anna Sandström – Head of Science Policy and Relations Europe, AstraZeneca 

 

MAY 13  

Session 3: THE IMPACT OF HEALTH DATA ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY 

In the third session the real impact and value of health data and new ways of data analytics is discussed. Questions to address include: What is the value and the impact of health data? What is the role of technology/data companies such as Google in healthcare and life science? How is data used to improve healthcare today and in five years? 

THE VALUE OF HEALTH DATA 

  • James Wilson – Professor of Philosophy, University College London 

AI TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE - PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS AND LESSONS LEARNT 

  • Annalisa Pawlosky – Senior Research Scientist, Google Applied Science, Google Research & Google Cloud

THE IMPACT OF DATA ON HEALTHCARE 

  • Clara Hellner – Director of Research and Innovation at Region Stockholm 
     

Session 4: OPPORTUNITIES, ETHICS AND THE WAY SCIENCE CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMMON KNOWLEDGE  

The last session is dedicated to a broad discussion on how data, science and knowledge affect our society. What are the ethical considerations when using personal information such as genetic data in science and healthcare? Why is the availability of facts and knowledge important in a democracy? What are the responsibilities of scientists in the public debate? 

Moderated by: Richard Cowburn, Head of External Engagement Office, Karolinska Institutet 

HOW TO USE GENETIC AND OTHER BIOLOGICAL DATA – ETHICAL, SOCIAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS

  • Mats G Hansson –  Senior Professor of Biomedical Ethics and former director of the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Uppsala University

FACTS AND OPINIONS – WHAT IS SHAPING OUR THINKING

  • Åsa Maria Wikforss  –  Professor of theoretical philosophy, Stockholm University
  • Arne Jarrick  –  Professor Emeritus of History, Stockholm University

(MIS)USE OF SCIENCE AND THE ROLE OF SCIENTISTS IN THE PUBLIC DEBATE

  • Adam Rutherford, geneticist, science author and broadcaster Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL, UK

SUMMARY AND CONCLUDING REMARKS 

  • Stefan Nordlund – Professor in Biochemistry at Stockholm University and Member of the Board at Stockholm Science City Foundation 


The symposium ends with lunch at 12:00, and the bus transfer back to Stockholm departure at 13:30.