The UK Government has an exciting vision of how health data can enhance research, and in turn enhance treatment, in a virtuous cycle. George  Freeman MP, a key adviser to the government on the life sciences was in Oxford recently to provide his perspective on the government life science strategy to a seminar on “Privacy Issues in Genomic Medicine,” funded by the Balliol College Interdisciplinary Institute, and supported by the Oxford Internet Institute. His talk entitled, “The genomic revolution and patients’ rights: a perspective from George Freeman MP” discussed the promise of new data resources for healthcare and research, as well as the challenges facing innovation in this area, such as in the areas of ownership of data, privacy and data protection.  It is available for viewing online, as is a short follow-on interview with Mr Freeman, at:

OII Genomic Privacy Seminar 2

George Freeman MP Interview