Personalised medicine specialist visits Auckland next month

20 November 2013

An internationally respected expert in personalised medicine will be visiting Auckland next month to give a public lecture at the University of Auckland.

Professor David Whitcomb from the University of Pittsburgh is giving a special lecture hosted by the University’s Department of Surgery on personalised medicine for pancreatic diseases and how that can be applied as a model for other diseases.

He will also participate in a research symposium and establish collaborative research links with the Pancreas Research Group led by Professor John Windsor at the University of Auckland.

Professor Whitcomb specializes in the clinical care and research related to pancreatic diseases, including acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic effects of cystic fibrosis, and pancreatic cancer.

He is a pioneer in the integrated use of mathematics, genetics, neurosciences, immunology, epidemiology and clinical sciences to study complex inflammation disorders and cancer risks of the digestive system.

His ground-breaking work in developing an effective program for delivering the specifc individualized information, especially from genetic profiling, needed for personalized medicine is being studied and emulated by other leading programs throughout the world.

Professor Whitcomb holds several positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University’s Medical Centre including; the Giant Eagle Foundation Professor of Cancer Genetics; Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology; and Medical Director of the centre’s comprehensive pancreas programme.

He is the national leader of several major National Institutes of Health sponsored multi-centre studies and leads one of the top human genetics programs for complex diseases.

Professor Whitcomb has written more than 200 scientific articles and edited eight books. He is a member of many professional and scientific societies, serving as president of the American Pancreatic Association and Chairman of the Pancreatic Disorders Section of the American Gastroenterology Association.

Professor Whitcomb’s lecture, Personalised medicine for pancreatic diseases: a breakthrough model for other diseases?’ is on Monday 9th December at 12 noon to 12.45 in the Graham Hill Lecture Theatre on Level 12 of the Auckland City Hospital Support Building.

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