This weekend sees intense discussion and a focus on medical innovation during the Rhodes Biomedicine Weekend hosted at Rhodes House. This is part of an annual calendar of convenings which has included a conference on Higher Education and Research Universities in Africa and Asia over the summer, and which will see meetings on Climate Change and Social Justice in 2016.
The objectives of the Biomedicine Weekend are to brainstorm solutions to the opportunities and challenges in medicine over the next 20 years, to provide a space for Rhodes Scholars and industry experts to network within and across generations, and to share ideas and career guidance with the current Medical Sciences Scholars at Oxford. Many Rhodes Scholars have contributed towards milestone healthcare breakthroughs and to biomedical research. A selection of Rhodes Scholar profiles can be read here. The sessions are being filmed and will be posted to the Rhodes Trust YouTube channel in due course.
Yesterday saw keynote speeches on the current innovation landscape, biomedical engineering and developing biotech innovations. There were panel discussions on health innovations and biotech investments.
Today has seen a programme focused around the main challenges in healthcare, careers in the sector, the first ten years after studying Medical Sciences and also providing space for mentoring discussions.
Key speakers included Rhodes Trustee Emeritus, Sir John Bell (Alberta & Magdalen 1975), Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, and Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's Medical Director. Profiles of the main speakers can be read here
Thank you to everyone who took part in this Biomedicine Conference. Below is a summary of the discussion and topics as reported through the social media channels of the Rhodes Trust. Do join the conversation #Rhodesbiomed.