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Big Thinking

The Impact of "Big Data" on our health care system: What to expect?

Bartha Knoppers, Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine
October 30, 2014

The sequencing map of the human genome—the Human Genome Project—was an international effort that excited the world. Concluded in 2003, the challenge now is to refine and translate this map into tangible health benefits. Today, individuals can have their whole genome sequenced. But this creates a tsunami of indecipherable bioinformatic data that challenges—if not hinders—our ability to transform data into helpful and useful knowledge. Canada is leading several global initiatives to unravel this Gordian knot.

Bartha Knoppers, Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, will discuss the collection and implementation of such large sets of information and whether the impact of “Big Data” will affect the sustainability of our universal health care system.

This lecture is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and is sponsored by Genome Canada.

This lecture is part of the 20th anniversary of the Big Thinking lecture series on Parliament Hill. For the anniversary, the series has invited back lecturers who spoke 20 years ago to share their perspectives on how policy issues have – or have not – changed, and what we can learn going forward.