Friday, June 19, 2015

New Ways to Treat Old Diseases by Martin Elliott

This lecture offers a survey of the brilliant new breakthroughs in treatments for heart defects and their implications for medical practice more generally. Advances in prenatal diagnosis, fetal intervention and methods of imaging and functional assessment will be presented. The possibilities of gene therapy, regenerative medicine and stem-cell based tissue construction will be described, as well as the opportunities for monitoring patients directly by remote technology. This might minimize the need for direct doctor:patient contact, further reducing cost, but it does present the problem of ever-increasing volumes of data to manage. What affects are these changes having today, and how might they affect the future of medical services in this country and beyond?

About the Lecturer
Martin Elliott is Gresham Professor of Physic and Co-Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London (GOSH).

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