Keynote: Aled Edwards, Structural Genetics Consortium "Why health care is broken from the scientist perspective"
APRIL 15, 2011 -- PART 1: ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PAST YEAR
The second Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress will be held in San Francisco on April 15-16, 2011. The theme will be the move towards personalized, patient-driven medicine, and the role that Sage Bionetworks can play in that transition. Expect reports from the Sage Federation, Working Groups, and exciting projects like SageCite, poster sessions and evening activities.
A patient perspective on healthcare followed by summaries of the new projects that have emerged since the 2010 Congress as a demonstration that the efforts of the Commons over the past year have paid off. The Federation, the Commons Platform, Repository and independent projects like SageCite will be featured. Sage Bionetworks will review its own internal development work and a new journal for sharing models will be announced.
Dr. Aled Edwards oversees the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC). Trained as a protein biochemist at McGill University and at Stanford University, his group collaborated to determine the structures of many proteins, protein-protein complexes and protein-DNA complexes, mostly in the areas of transcription and DNA replication, and DNA repair.
The practice concerned with the maintenance of health and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medicine may be practiced in doctors' offices, health maintenance organization facilities, hospitals, and clinics. In addition to family practice, internal medicine, and specialties for specific body systems, it includes research, public health, epidemiology, and pharmacology. Each country sets its own requirements for medical degrees (M.D.'s) and licenses. Medical boards and councils set standards and oversee medical education. Boards of certification have stringent requirements for physicians seeking to practice a specialty, and they stress continuing education. Advances in therapy (seetherapeutics) and diagnosis have raised complex legal and moral issues in areas such as abortion, euthanasia, and patients' rights. Recent changes include treating patients as partners in their own care and taking cultural factors into consideration.
Science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized community efforts. These include sanitation, control of contagious infections, hygiene education, early diagnosis and preventive treatment, and adequate living standards. It requires understanding not only of epidemiology, nutrition, and antiseptic practices but also of social science. Historical public health measures included quarantine of leprosy victims in the Middle Ages and efforts to improve sanitation following the 14th-century plague epidemics. Population increases in Europe brought with them increased awareness of infant deaths and a proliferation of hospitals. Britain's Public Health Act of 1848 established a special public health ministry. In the U.S., public health is studied and coordinated on a national level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; internationally, the World Health Organization plays an equivalent role.