CANCELLED 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

This event has been cancelled

  • What will healthcare look like in the next 50 years?


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

PLEASE NOT THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are in the process of contacting ticket holders about refunds. We hope we can find a new date for this event later in 2020.

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 writer, presenter, podcaster and public speaker Kat ArneyKat is the author of the popular science books 'Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work', and 'How to Code a Human'.

The event was due to be chaired by Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. We regret that, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Prof Whitty is now unable to host the evening.


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. 

Event type

This event is generously supported by Roche

This event is generously supported by Medtronic

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