1 / XXXIVth ANTHROPOLOGY AND HEALTH CONFERENCE


Anthropology and Personalized Medicine: Impacting the Future of Comprehensive Healthcare

8 – 12 September 2013   print this page

Conference organizers:

Robert Bob Meier, Indiana University, United States

Morana Jarec, Institute of Anthropological Research Zagreb, Croatia

Saša Missoni, Institute of Anthropological Research Zagreb, Croatia

Leslie Sue Lieberman, University of Central Florida, United States

Ines Varela - Silva, Loughborough University, United Kingdom


Conference description:

The 3 ½ day conference will include invited speakers, proffered papers, webcasting and a workshp. Anthropologists study both past and contemporary human population biological and genetic variation that is relevant to the research development and clinical applications of pharmacogenomic and personalized medicine. An examination of issues of genetic ancestry, race and racism, genetic and social epidemiology, health disparities and healthcare inequality, and the interface of traditional medicine with new biomedical technologies, are some of the critical areas to be covered in this interdisciplinary conference that includes both clinicians (diabetologists, oncologists, others) and researchers from biomedicine and anthropology. A perusal of conferences on personalized medicine held during 2011-2012 clearly reveals that our conference fills a niche that was not present. In addition, the dissemination of our conference lectures and program activities by webinar, ISI publications, curriculum development and impact monitoring using the Becker Model will provide valuable, and currently missing, evolutionary and contemporary anthropological perspectives. These range from cross-cultural ethics to identity clarification (race/ethnicity/national origins), specifically relevant during the recruitment process of clinical trials. An anthropological approach will contribute toward achieving the goals of personalized medicine to provide a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment to the individual patient.


Conference lecturers:

Robert Bob Meier, Indiana University, United States

Dragan Primorac, University of Split, Croatia

Ellen Quillen, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, United States

Sarabjit Mastana, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Dario Rahelić, Croatian Society for endocrine onchology, Croatia

Damir Marjanović, Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ines Varela - Silva, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Joško Sindik, Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatia

LeeLan Low, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Tena Šarić, Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatia

Maruška Vidovič, National Institute of Public Health of Rs, Slovenia

Florin Grigoresen, University Montpellier, France