Speaker Name(s): Aled Edwards, M.Sc., Ph.D. Description: Aled Edwards, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Structural Genomics Consortium
Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, University of Toronto
Perhaps the most significant achievement of biomedical research in the 20th century was the sequencing of the human genome. The race to discover the sequences of all our genes was a tie between the public and private sectors. Now scientists around the globe are racing to find out what our genes do and how this information can be used to prevent and treat disease. Again, there is concern about this information, which is even more useful, being tied up in the private sector. To address this concern, governments and foundations around the globe are launching international consortia with the aim of placing all the information about our genes and proteins in the public domain, without restriction on use. The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), which is directed by Dr. Edwards, one such effort. The talk will discuss the inherent conflict between the aims of public and private sectors and ways in which the two sectors can best collaborate to advance human health.