Gee, I bet you’re pumped, right? I’ll be doing little updates now and then if I hear anything interesting.
The opening lecture was by Dr Lee Hartwell (2001 Nobel Laureate) on science – particularly toxicology, of course – in the 21 century. There were a couple of interesting points that he made, particularly on how what we really need is better biomarkers and diagnostic tools that are subsequently validated in the clinic; not more therapeutics and devices. RIGHT ON! The drive for therapeutics and devices without better diagnosing tools is partially behind the rise in the cost of health care, particularly in the US. Dr Hartwell talked about the need to collaborate with single payer health systems (read: EU and Canada) to help validate these tools which would really help with patient care, quality of life, length of time to addressing health problems, and cost. This is really the only way as there is really no incentive for developing better diagnostic tools, especially compared to Rx and device development. That’s it for now.
If you see something on the schedule you’d like me to take a look at and report on let me know and I’ll do my best.