Wednesday 19 March: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Emmanuel College, Queen's Building Theatre, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AP

What are the social and ethical issues of using DNA sequencing to fight infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis? How can genetic information be used to track the spread of infection, identify drug resistance and determine treatments? We will discuss the challenges of hospitals using this information through stories of patients with these infections. Join the debate and share your views with an expert panel led by Professor Sharon Peacock.

The 100K Genome Project is integrating whole genome sequencing technologies into the NHS to improve understanding of cancer, and rare and infectious diseases. When the Prime Minister announced the project in 2013, the headlines focused on cancer. In this event, we aim to focus on DNA sequencing in people with infectious diseases. Professor Sharon Peacock chaired the group that selected tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis C infection as the infectious diseases priorities for the Infectious Diseases component of the 100K Genome Project.