What does the future of personalised healthcare look like in research terms? How will research respond to future challenges such as demographic change and rising healthcare costs? How can we utilise technological know-how and data in healthcare? These were among the issues explored at the opening seminar of the Academy of Finland’s Academy Programme Personalised Health – from Genes to Society (pHealth) on 17–18 March 2016. The international seminar was jointly organised by the Academy of Finland, Tekes and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The seminar tackled the broad topic in smaller sessions that focused on basic research, innovations and commercialisation, and engineering and information technology.
The seminar also included two presentations from invited keynote speakers. Kimmo Pitkänen, who heads Helsinki Biobank, talked about the current state of Finnish biobanks. Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health talked about themes related to personalised health in Finland. In the video below, Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki talks about personalised health in Finland and Programme Director Wendy Nilsen from the NSF talks about the pHealth seminar as a whole. A report from the seminar sessions will be published on this page in early May 2016.