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Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre

St Anne's College

56 Woodstock Road



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One day launch event to a new seminar and workshop series across 2019-2020, sponsored by Centre for Personalised Medicine (CPM), St. Anne's College and NIHR Oxford BRC Partnership for Health, Wealth and Innovation

The idea behind personalised medicine is both simple and powerful: delivering the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. Realising these visions requires both improved scientific knowledge of human disease and illnesses, but also forging of new forms of dialogue, relations and partnerships across often complex landscapes of contemporary healthcare systems. The aim of this new event series is to identify major social challenges surrounding personalised medicine, and develop new knowledge, tools, and solutions about how they might be breached. Every six months an event will be held at St. Anne’s College focusing on a “grand social challenge” of personalised medicine, including the ethics and social practices of data sharing, university-industry-NHS partnerships, and challenges of achieving disruptive changes at scale in healthcare systems. Our inaugural event on 21st March 2019 brings together renowned speakers from various backgrounds to reflect on what they consider acute challenges surrounding realisation of personalised medicine in healthcare systems, drawing on their expertise and experience from the social sciences and humanities, clinical research, industry, healthcare professions, and health policy. We particularly welcome patients and the public to the event. Tickets are free of charge, but must be booked in advance through our EventBrite page.

Line-up and Schedule (please note some times may still be subject to changes)

8.30-9.00AM Registration and coffee

Early-Morning Session: Chair: Simon Leedham

9.00-9.10AM Introductions and Welcome – Dr. Simon Leedham, Centre for Personalised Medicine, St. Anne’s College

9.10-9.15AM Opening of Event and Series – Professor Helen McShane, Professor of Vaccinology, Director of NIHR Oxford BRC, University of Oxford

9.15-10.30AM – Keynote: 'Personalised Medicine: Empowered Patients in the Twenty-First Century' Professor Barbara Prainsack, Professor of Political Science, University of Vienna

10.30-11.00AM Coffee

Policy and Systems Challenges: Trish Greenhalgh

11.00-11.20AM 'Health Policy and Systems Challenges' – Dr. Nick Fahy, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

11.20-11.40AM 'Personalised Medicine: A Policy Perspective' – Tom Fowler, Genomics England

11.40-12.00PM 'Health Service Delivery and Patient Experiences of Personalised Cancer Care' – Professor Sophie Day, Imperial/Goldsmiths, London

12.00-1.30 PM Lunch

The Translational Research Challenges: Chair: Teresa Finlay

1.30-1.50 PM 'Precision Medicine in Airways Disease' – Professor Ian Pavord, NIHR Oxford NIHR BRC Respiratory Medicine Theme co-lead and honorary chest consultant, Oxford University Hospitals.

1.50-2.10 PM Title TBC – Professor Paresh Vyas, NIHR Oxford BRC Haematology and Stem Cell Theme co-lead and honorary haematology consultant, Oxford University Hospitals.

2.10-2.30 PM 'Industry Challenges of Personalised Medicine'. Liam Curren, Head of Data, Compliance & Legal, Genomics PLC.

2.30-3.00 PM Coffee

Ethical, Philosophical and Social Dimensions of Personalised Medicine: Chair: Nick Fahy

3.00–3.20 PM 'All for One, and One for All? The Ethics of Data Sharing in Personalised Medicine' - Professor Michael Parker, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford

3.20-3.40 PM 'The Promise of Precision: Theology and the Social Challenges of Precision Medicine' – Professor Joshua Hordern, Faculty of Theology and Religion, Harris Manchester College, Oxford Healthcare Values Partnership, University of Oxford

Round-Up and Close

3.40-3.55 PM Wrap up of day – Dr. Mark Sheehan, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford

3.55-4.00 PM Farewells and final announcements – Simon Leedham, Alex Rushforth, Nick Fahy


Will food and drink be provided?

Yes. Free lunch, tea and coffee will be provided on the day.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

If you have any specific dietary requirements, please contact Catherine Lidbetter no later than 15th March 2019:


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For inquiries about the event and series, please contact Dr. Alex Rushforth: alexander.rushforth@phc.ox.ac.uk

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, only registered persons will be admitted. We will accept paper and electronic forms.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We regret that, owing to lack of space, parking at St Anne’s is strictly disabled access only. We further regret that parking in Oxford can be difficult and expensive, however, we can recommend using the park-and-ride.


There are park-and-rides available on the outskirts of Oxford, so you are sure to find one no matter from which direction you have come. They are all clearly sign-posted, are linked to the centre of the city by regular bus services, and are open 24 hours per day (bus services run until about 11pm). From Peartree and Watereaton you can catch buses which stop very close to St Anne’s.

By car

Limited street parking is available in Wellington Square and St Giles. It is metered from 8am to 10pm with a 2-hour maximum stay each and every day including Sundays; after 10pm overnight stay is permitted.

There are also severe restrictions on access to many of the streets in the centre of the City. Traditional routes such as High Street/St Aldates/Queen St and Cornmarket are either closed to vehicles or have very limited access and are protected by number plate-reading cameras and frequent police patrols. You have been warned!

The nearest public car parks are at Worcester Street, Gloucester Green, the Westgate Centre and at the Railway Station. They are all expensive and should you wish to try North Oxford as an alternative, many areas now have residents’ only parking.

A further option is JustPark. Use the code STANNESCOLLEGE20 to receive 20% off your first JustPark booking.

By train

Oxford railway station is located on the western edge of the city centre, about 20 minutes’ walk from St Anne’s. There are also two direct buses operated by Stagecoach which run fairly frequently from the station to the College (Buses 14 and S3).

The station is managed by Thames Trains, with routes from Stratford-upon-Avon to London Paddington, London Marylebone and Bristol, and is also served by Virgin Trains from Scotland to the south coast.

Services to London run regularly during the day (at least two per hour), with journeys taking around 60 minutes. Information on rail journeys and fares to/from Oxford are available from National Rail Enquiries. Tel: 08457 484950.

By bus

The main bus station in Oxford is located at Gloucester Green in the City Centre, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from St Anne’s. National Express buses run to and from Oxford to locations throughout the UK. The Oxford Tube runs from London (Victoria, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate and Shepherd’s Bush) to Oxford every 10-15 minutes including throughout the night. The X90 also runs from London (Victoria, Marble Arch and Baker St) to Oxford up to every 15 minutes. The airline buses run regularly from London Gatwick and London Heathrow to Oxford.

Further information is available on Oxford city council’s website:


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St Anne's College

56 Woodstock Road



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