Measurable Man

  • Date: –17:10
  • Location: Biomedicinskt centrum, BMC Morning sessioin: BMC B8 (the Svedberg Hall). Afternoon session: BMC A1:107A
  • Lecturer: Leroy Hood, Kári Stefánsson, and Mathias Uhlén, among others.
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Ulf Landegren
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Symposium with lectures by Leroy Hood, Kári Stefánsson, and Mathias Uhlén, among others.
No pre-registration is required.

Man has long been the measure of all things – with heartbeat seconds for time; inches, feet and fathoms to measure distances; and Fahrenheit degrees defined by our body temperature. But the tables are turning, and we increasingly find ourselves digitized, pixelated and voxelated, and rolled out as strings of nucleotides or simply bits of abstracted information.

In medicine, we are entering a phase of data-rich, personalized medicine where humans are being represented by large data sets that will permit modelling aspects of our future health. This tendency towards multiparametric measurement and digitization of people will not only permeate health care but also impinge on our everyday lives, with profound consequences for medicines and industries, as well as for how we view each other and what we see as a life worth living.

The symposium Measurable Man will introduce a new research program by that same name at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), with the purpose to better understand what means for analysis of human health we are still missing and how to achieve these, but also to understand opportunities and risks of the rapidly emerging molecular measures of man.