Man has long been the measure of all things – with heartbeat seconds for time; inches, feet and fathoms to measure distances; and Fahrenheit degrees defined by our body temperature. But the tables are turning, and we increasingly find ourselves digitized, pixelated and voxelated, and rolled out as strings of nucleotides or simply bits of abstracted information. In medicine, we are entering a phase of data-rich, personalized medicine where humans are being represented by large data sets that will permit modelling aspects of our future health. This tendency towards multiparametric measurement and digitization of people will not only permeate health care but also impinge on our everyday lives, with profound consequences for medicines and industries, as well as for how we view each other and what we see as a life worth living.

The symposium Measurable Man will introduce a new research program by that same name at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (scas), with the purpose to better understand what means for analysis of human health we are still missing and how to achieve these, but also to understand opportunities and risks of the rapidly emerging molecular measures of man.


Thursday, 10 October (Public lectures. No registration required.)

Venue 9 - 12: Uppsala Biomedical Centre, bmc b8 (the Svedberg Hall)
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction. Christina Garsten, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (scas)
09:15 - 10:00 Big Data, Complexity, Wellness and Disease. Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, Providence, St. Joseph Health 
10:00 - 10:45 The Genetics of Functions and Dysfunctions of the Brain. Kári stefánsson, deCODE genetics, Reykjavik
10:45 - 11:15 coffee/tea break
11:15 - 12:00 The Human Protein Atlas: Mapping the Building-blocks of Humans. Mathias Uhlén, Karolinska Institute and Royal Institute of Technology (kth)
12:00 - 13:00 lunch break

Venue 13 - 17:10: Uppsala Biomedical Centre, bmc a1:107a
13:00 - 13:30 Precision Systems Medicine. Olli Kallioniemi, Karolinska Institute
13:30 - 14:00 A Gutsy Approach to Cardiovascular Disease. Tove Fall, Uppsala University
14:00 - 14:30 Inference of RNA Isoforms and Transcriptional Dynamics from scRNA-seq. Rickard Sandberg, Karolinska Institute
14:30 - 15:00 Immune Cell-driven Tissue Healing. Mia Phillipson, Uppsala University
15:00 - 15:30 coffee/tea break
15:30 - 16:00 Stefan James, Uppsala University
16:00 - 16:30 Cancer Immunotherapy Today and Tomorrow: Diagnostic Tools are Needed to
Provide the Right Drug for the Right Patient. Sara Mangsbo, Uppsala University
16:30 - 17:00 Advanced Tools for Exosome Analysis. Masood Kamali-Moghaddam, Uppsala University
17:00 - 17:10 Rounding up. Ulf Landegren, Uppsala University

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