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National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office launches the 1st Conference on “Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) on Science and Technology” highlighting benefits and ethical aspects of Trans-omics R&D
2 October 2017

Trans-omics or a combination of omics studies has enabled scientists and researchers to gain insights into the blueprint of human’s genes and how they function. This knowledge has a major impact in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences. In particular, trans-omics is playing an increasingly important role in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of diseases such as cancer and genetic disorders. It also tremendously advances the development of precision medicine which can effectively and safely tailor-made medications to the variations in a person’s genes. However, as genomic data can be used to link to individuals and reveals their privacy, its applications are therefore raised a number of ethical and social implications such as privacy and fairness in the use of genetic information and the integration of new genetic technologies, e.g. genetic testing, into the practice of clinical medicine.

The National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) in collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (Public Organization) (TCELS) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will co-host the 1st Conference on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) on science and technology with the theme of “Applications and Challenges of Trans-omics in the Future” on 29 September 2017 at the Centara Grand, Central Plaza. The conference aims to generate greater awareness on the benefits and ethical aspects of Trans-omics R&D as well as serving as a discussion platform for multi-stakeholders coordination to prepare for policy, laws and regulations in response to Trans-omics technology applications in Thailand.

On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand will give welcoming remarks and Professor Dr.Yongyuth Yuthavong, member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of UNESCO will give a keynote lecture on the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Ethics Situation in Thailand. The conference will also feature special lectures and panel discussions by specialists from Australia, China and Thailand.