September 22 KCALSI Annual Dinner – Computational Medicine

September 22 KCALSI Annual Dinner – Computational Medicine

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute’s 2016 Annual Dinner is set for September 22 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. This year’s theme is “Computational Medicine” to address the need to utilize and leverage terabytes of stored data to advance medicine and healthcare.

The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute is honored to have Dr. Atul Butte speaking at the event.  His presentation, “Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Disease,” will address critical questions, issues and the enormous opportunity facing us.

We must learn from our stored digital and genomic era and use it to create a new system of precision medicine, delivering the best preventative or therapeutic intervention at the right time, for the right patients. Dr. Butte’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco builds and applies tools that convert trillions of points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data – measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade and now commonly termed “big data” – into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Several of these methods or findings have been spun out into new biotechnology companies. Dr. Butte, a computer scientist and pediatrician, will highlight his recent work, including the use of publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs including new therapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer, discovering new druggable targets in disease, the evaluation of patients and populations presenting with whole genomes sequenced, integrating and reusing the clinical and genomic data that result from clinical trials, discovering new diagnostics including blood tests for complications during pregnancy, and how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.

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