How Personalised Health Can Unleash the Power of Transformative Clinicians
Transformative clinicians— clinicians who develop and deliver healthcare in innovative ways— can be found throughout medical history. They have been key to nearly every advancement we've made in helping people live longer, healthier lives, and they will be just as crucial to delivering on the promise of personalised health, too.
But it's not always easy to be a pioneer. There are a number of barriers that can discourage clinicians from prescribing new therapies or diagnostic tools, pursuing novel drug research, or trying a new approach to care.
In this episode, host Tony Estrella and guest experts Dr. Rhoda Au and Dr. Nares Damrongchai explore three of these barriers and offer insights into how health systems can enable more clinicians to embrace the innovation that will come from personalised health. They also discuss success stories from around the world that showcase how transformative clinicians are already changing the face of health.
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Dr. Nares Damrongchai is the Chief Executive Officer of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS), a public organization with a mission to foster the life sciences industry in the country known as Asia’s medical hub.
Nares also serves as Co-Chair of Life Science Innovation Forum, APEC's leading initiative on health and health sciences innovation. His leadership in APEC science and technology extends back to the early 2000s when he was the Executive Director of the APEC Center for Technology Foresight when he led the Center’s successful international foresight research and trainings together with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rand Corporation, the Institute of Alternative Futures, Asian Foresight Institute and others.
Earlier in his career Nares was a laboratory scientist then he turned to pursue his career as policy researcher. He was instrumental in the success of Thailand first and second National Biotechnology Policy. Nares has published many books and article papers on science, technology, and foresight.
He also jointly translated a comprehensive popular science book "Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything" by John and Mary Gribbin from English to Thai language. Currently he is on the Editorial Board of Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, published by RIS, New Delhi and supported by UNESCO. Nares obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy in Technology Management from the University of Cambridge and holds a doctorate from Tokyo Institute of Technology with research focused on tissue engineering.
Rhoda Au is Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public. She also serves as Director of Neuropsychology at the Framingham Heart Study, where she is using technologies to develop digital cognitive biomarkers as surrogate indices of fluid and imaging biomarkers. Her long-term research objective is to enable solutions that move the primary focus of health technologies from precision medicine to a broader emphasis on precision brain health.