Prochain Colloque, Renseignements pratiques - Upcoming Conference, Practical Informations
I am pleased to confirm that the next conference of our Academy will take place from August 11 (arrival)-14 (departure) in Prague, just after the CLMPST-Congress. It will be co-organized by Prof. Anne Fagot-Largeault and Prof. Dominique Lambert. The theme of our meeting will be
The Human Being Facing New Biomedical Technology, Including the Subject of Big Data, the role of Artificial Intelligence for their Analysis, Genome Editing and Personal Medicine.
In recent decades, new technologies have changed our understanding of the human body. This symposium is addressed to probe the philosophical implications of some major shifts in medical and biological sciences with respect to cognitive and ethical values. Examples to be discussed concern three big areas. The first is the digital access to data: for example studies of microbiota concerning the intestinal, vaginal, dermal, buccal, ocular etc. have a great success, but also lead to the danger of the enslavement and themanipulation of the crowds. The second area, artificial intelligence, brings a new dimension to image interpretation in radiology, pathology, oncology, dermatology, tumor growth modeling, genomics, drug discovery and pharmacovigilance. How to respond to the challenge of trust and how to define the legal personality involved? The third area, theranostics, is one step towards a more personalized medicine by delivering therapy and then examining the effect. Originally used to study the genome in order to classify people according to the type of disease or fragility they may have, theranostics is now used by companies like 23andMe, Navigeniss, Illumina etc. to provide people with the deciphering of their genome, which presumably could be useful for the diagnosis of diseases, or even the prediction of possible weaknesses and damages. In this respect, the problem of inequality between individuals and social groups induced by the costs of these targeted therapies arises in all its sharpness.
The accurate conference schedule depends on the number of participants and we will communicate it before April 2019.
Hospitality for speakers during the conference days (half board) will be offered by the Academy, but no travel expenses will be refunded.
I would like to thank all of you for your support of our Academy and I am looking forward to seeing you again in Prague. With my most cordial greetings,