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12-13 Sept 2018 - TMED9 Conference - Innovating to Live Well for Longer

Event Date: 
2018-09-12

Here in Northern Ireland and globally we are witnessing an increase in population size. One of the main drivers of such growth is improved disease prevention and improved diagnostics leading to early recognition and treatment. With an increasingly aging society comes an increasing demand on healthcare, an increased number of patients with long term medical conditions (LTMC), an increasingly complex patient cohort with multiple co-morbidities and uncertain clinical outcomes. The combination of these factors makes clinical decision more challenging. Invariably the elderly and those with long term medical conditions with complex co-morbidities are excluded or under-represented in large scale randomised clinical trials (RCT). Therefore the optimal treatment strategy for these patients remain unknown.

In reality the results of these large RCT are extrapolated and treatment offered to the same elderly and LTMC patients with multi-morbidity who were initially excluded. Ultimately it is unclear whether this strategy improves clinical outcomes for these highly complex patients. Urgent work is needed to improve clinical decision making in this group since these patients are the greatest demand on the healthcare system with the greatest health economic cost. Furthermore, given the paucity of information on how best to treat the elderly and those with LTMC, there is a need to adopt a Personalised Medicine approach to improve outcomes for this group of patients. More than ever there is a need to combine the expertise of academia, clinicians, business and data scientists to improve healthcare for the aging population and patients with long term medical conditions using a panomic approach to create biological signatures assisted by augmented intelligence.

This year TMED9 will focus on “Innovating to Live Well for Longer” and will also provide an update on the Centre for Personalised Medicine, Clinical Decision Making and Patient Safety. Local and international expertise drawn from academia, business, clinical and data analytics will combine at TMED9 to network and explore ways to improve diagnostics and personalised medicine.

Celebrating its ninth successful year, the event is recognised as a leading international conference in translational medicine and healthcare innovation, previously drawing clinicians, academics and businesses from UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA.

TMED continues to target academics, clinicians, researchers and bio-industry R&D managers, with the aim of encouraging collaboration and communication, and to inform research and clinical interventions.

The speakers include Dr Aaron Peace, CEO of Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre and Dr Maurice O'Kane, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, WHSCT and Director of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN).

For more details and to book a place click here.