The Future of Health: The future of therapeutics

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 23 March

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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Event description

From personalised medicine, AI doctors and robotic surgeons, to nano robots in our bloodstream fighting diseases, what is the real future of therapeutics and what is science fiction?  As treatments become ever more sophisticated, will everyone be able to access them? Could it cost the NHS more and more? What about countries with private health insurance?

These questions and many more will be discussed by our panel of experts. This event is the third in our series on 'The Future of Health', supported by Medtronic and Roche

About the speakers

Bissan Al-Lazikani  is Head of Data Science at The Institute of Cancer Research, London. She leads the Knowledge Hub Big Data Team for intelligent application of computers in adaptive, individualized therapy.

Her research focuses on developing and applying multidisciplinary computational techniques for drug discovery and clinical application. 

Adrien Desjardins
is Professor at the University College London in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He received my BSc degree in physics and mathematics from the University of British Columbia (2001) and a PhD in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering from Harvard Biophysics and the MIT-Harvard Health Sciences and Technology Program (2007).

He leads the Interventional Devices Group at the University College London, with a focus on developing fibre optic sensors for sensing and imaging in the human body to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures

More speakers to be announced soon!

The event will be chaired by Chris Whitty. Chris is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession.

Chris is also Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Chris is a practising NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College.

Chris is an epidemiologist and has undertaken research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before becoming CMO.

Previously Chris was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2017 to 2018 and, before that, the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID).


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the 

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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This event is generously supported by Roche

This event is generously supported by Medtronic

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