Module One: We begin by discussing what causes disease and development of personal traits – our genes or our
environment? We will also explore how genes are passed from one generation to
the next, and basic medical genetics.
Module Two: We will discuss how recent technological and scientific advances have heralded
the advent of the genetic revolution, and the global approach and impact of
Module Three: We will explore the concept of risk, and
multifactorial disease. We will describe examples of genes that pre-dispose
patients to specific diseases, and discuss genetic testing and genetic
Module Four: We will investigate the use of personalised medicine
today, and tease out the reality from the hype.
We will also explore the apparent delay between research findings and
translation to the clinic (“bench to bedside”), and the reasons for this.
We will describe the rationale of medical patents, clinical trials, drug
approval and regulation, and how these differ in various parts of the world.
We will analyse and reflect on how research and drug developments in
personalised medicine are presented in the media, and the effect this may have
on patients, policy & society both locally and globally.
We will explore and debate the legal,
religious, cultural and societal issues surrounding personalised medicine.
We will integrate what we have learnt in modules 1-7 in order to understand the potential and pitfalls of
personalised medicine in our own specific discipline and cultural