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Will biomedicine transform society?

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Professor Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), will look at biomedicine and the political, economic, social and personal impact of medical advances in the twenty-first century in a public lecture on Wednesday 2 February at LSE.

Every day the media report some wonderful new advance in biomedicine - for example new reproductive technologies for the infertile and to allow parents to 'design' their children, new stem cell treatments for spinal cord injuries and Alzheimer's 'just around the corner' and new pharmaceuticals that will not just alleviate our depression but make us happier and smarter. How should we evaluate this complex mixture of hype and hope in relation to health?

Professor Rose looks beyond the hype, at the economic and political implications of these developments. Will they reshape our societies, family life, our own sense of who we are and what we can hope for? And as others outside the west invest heavily in genomic and biomedical research and development, will high tech biomedicine exacerbate or alleviate the scandalous global inequalities in health?

Professor Nikolas Rose is director of LSE's BIOS centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society.

Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair this event.

Will Biomedicine Transform Society? The political, economic, social and personal impact of medical advances in the twenty first century is on Wednesday 2 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press seat or request an interview, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


To read a transcript of the lecture, click here|

24 January 2005