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High tech and high touch: Why medicine needs solidarity

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Barbara Prainsack
Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, School of Global Affairs, King's College London

Join the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College London for the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Barbara Prainsack.

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Medical practice and medical research are envisaged as becoming increasingly data-driven. One reason for this is a shift in the understanding of evidence in medicine. Medicine informed by digital, quantified and computable information about individual patients is now seen as more precise and effective than previous practice based on unstructured data, narratives, and embodied experience. Because we are able to measure individual differences more precisely, it is argued, it is time to say farewell to the hit-and-miss medicine of the past. There is a strong push for medicine to become more ‘precise’ and more ‘personalised’.

But who will benefit from such version of medicine? This lecture discusses some of the key challenges that visions and practices of data-driven, high-tech medicine pose for public policy. It uses a solidarity-based approach to combine high-tech and high-touch in such a way that digital data and algorithms do not crowd out values and meaning.

About Professor Barbara Prainsack

Barbara Prainsack is a political scientist with expertise in the regulatory, social, and ethical dimensions of bioscience, biomedicine, and forensics. In the medical realm, her current work focuses on the emergence of personalised medicine and the ‘participatory turn’ in generating, analysing, and interpreting data. In the realm of forensics she is interested in the impact of forensic technologies on attitudes and strategies of prisoners; the societal and regulatory dimensions of forensic bioinformation exchange; and the increasing convergence between biomarkers used in forensic and medical practices. Barbara also explores how the concept of solidarity can guide policy and practice in both of these domains. Read Professor Prainsack's full biography here.


This event will be followed by a wine reception at Chapters Restaurant, 2nd Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London.

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