CANCELED: Critical Conversations: (Big) Data, Algorithms & Interfaces

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Date: April 16, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center # 285 | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lunch

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Critical Conversations: (Big) Data, Algorithms & Interfaces 

Disparities in Genomic Medicine
Conversation Facilitated by Fabrice Smieliauskas

April 16, 12pm - 1:30pm
Student Center, Room 285

The world is experiencing a golden age of biomedical innovation that is producing breakthroughs in treatments for a range of diseases, many of which have genetic or genomic causes. This critical conversation will tackle the question of whether these advances are spread equally across the population, or whether social, economic, and biological forces conspire for genomic medicine to prioritize research that benefits certain races, ethnicities, or other population groups more than others. We will consider how factors such as patient income, patient engagement with the biomedical research enterprise, collective action, and frugal new approaches to drug development might lead to or mitigate such disparities, and highlight how these are shaping the development of therapies for cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and other diseases of interest to participants. 

Fabrice Smieliauskas is a health economist in the Department of Economics and the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University. His economic and health services research on pharmaceuticals and medical devices in cancer and surgery addresses questions requiring a cross-disciplinary marriage of rigorous economic methods with biological and clinical knowledge. This work falls under three main themes: 1) determining the costs and value of medical technologies and procedures; 2) advancing the field of implementation science in health care; 3) analyzing the effects of public policy and regulation on the biomedical research enterprise.

About the Event Series:

Critical Conversations is a series of intimate, catered luncheons exploring common research agendas and practices that focus on (big) data, algorithms, and interfaces at individual, community, and societal levels. Each luncheon covers a unique topic led by a Wayne State University (WSU) faculty currently conducting related research. Topics are intentionally open and broad to invite researchers from across campus to join and partake in the conversation. Lunch will be provided.

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Critical Conversations is sponsored by the Provost’s Office.



Jessica Rajko




Academic staff, Current students, Faculty