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Precision Medicine Without Borders

September 19th, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Virtual In Person
Logo: Precision Medicine 2023; Logo: Harvard Medical School Blavatnik Institute Biomedical Informatics; Precision Medicine Without Borders; Keynotes Krystal Birungi & Ashish Jha; QR code; Tuesday, September 19, Free Registration/Lunch (Limited Seating)

Our ninth annual conference, Precision Medicine Without Borders—organized by HMS professors of biomedical informatics Zak Kohane and Raj Manrai—will focus on emerging topics as well as long-standing challenges at the intersection of precision medicine and global health.

For decades, global health scholars like the heroic Paul Farmer have grappled with and written about the challenges of improving individual and population health across borders, including designing “effector arms” that are aware of the social roots and structural inequities that cause or exacerbate disease.

Precision medicine recasts these familiar global health challenges in the molecular era, forcing us to confront foundational questions about how molecular diagnostics and treatments can be scaled and delivered globally, how biobanks should be designed, what variation is “normal,” and which technologies might help us cross the implementation gap. This conference will provide a platform to discuss these supranational questions about global precision medicine.

Opening Keynote: Krystal Birungi, Field Entomology Coordinator, Target Malaria Uganda

Closing Keynote: Ashish Jha, Dean, Brown University School of Public Health; Former White House COVID-19 Coordinator


  • Biobanking around the world
    • Naomi Allen, UK Biobank
    • Zhengming Chen, China Kadoorie Biobank
    • Lili Milani, Estonian Genome Center
    • Keolu Fox, UCSD
    • Moderator: Elizabeth Karlson, HMS/BWH
  • Bringing genomics into public health
    • Marc Lipsitch, HSPH/CDC
    • Jennifer Gardy, Gates Foundation
    • Garrett Frampton, Foundation Medicine
    • Moderator: Maha Farhat, HMS
  • The implementation gap
    • Noa Dagan, Clalit Israel
    • Paisan Ruamviboonsuk, Rajavithi Hospital Thailand
    • Milind Tambe, Harvard & Google Research
    • Moderator: Allan Brandt, Harvard

Free registration with bag lunch included (limited seating).


Date: September 19th, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Conferences and Symposia


Longwood Campus
Joseph B Martin Conference Center, 77 Ave Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Virtual In Person