Personal Health Data Sharing for Personalized Medicine:
Facts, Opportunities, Security and Ethics

Leaders come together for conversations about types of personal health data, opportunities that arise from integrating these data for health and economic benefits, and issues in secure and ethical storage and sharing of these data.


  • Dr Elodie Portales-Casamar, Clinical Informatics Specialist, Child & Family Research Institute
  • Dr Nancy Meagher, Executive Director, Population Data BC
  • Dr Larry Lynd, Professor, UBC Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
  • Dr Zsuzsanna Hollander, PROOF Centre
  • Dr Paul Terry, President & CEO, PHEMI Health Systems Inc.
  • Dr Alice Virani, Clinical Ethicist, Children’s and Women’s Hospital of BC

Dr. Jehannine Austin – Associate Professor, UBC Psychiatry/Medical Genetics

Discussion Document: Roadmap for Bringing Personalized Medicine to British Columbians available for download here {PDF} for those interested. Not required reading for Public Talks attendance.



Engage in a public dialogue about how environmental, behavioural and biological (including genetic) factors collide and interact to impact the health of British Columbians. People have control over some aspects of their health and not others.

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Getting there: Vancouver’s Central Library is located in Library Square which occupies a full city block: bounded by Homer, Hamilton, Robson and Georgia Streets. The Central Library is accessible by bicycle, bus, skytrain and car, with underground and street parking available. The Alice MacKay Room is wheelchair accessible.

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs.  In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community, this talk will also be recorded for webcast viewing at a later date. 


Martin Dawes, MD, PhD
Head, UBC Department of Family Practice

What is personalized medicine?

Pieter Cullis, PhD
Director, UBC Life Sciences Institute; Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How can we harness knowledge of our molecules?

Bruce McManus, MD, PhD
Professor, UBC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Co-Director, Institute for Heart + Lung Health; CEO, Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre)

What does my own genome tell me?

Ida Goodreau
Adjunct Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business; Director of Strategy, UBC Centre for Healthcare Management

Is brain failure inevitable?

Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT
Associate Professor, UBC Department of Physical Therapy; Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience

Can we move from sick-care to health-care?

Larry Lynd, PhD
Professor, UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences; Director, UBC Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)


February 4, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street

To attend this talk, please RSVP online.

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For more information about this series, please contact Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian

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