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Translation in healthcare exploring the impact of emerging technologies

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the HeLEX Centre we hosted the inaugural ELSI 2.0 conference in Oxford from 23 - 25 June 2015. We explored the broad theme of Translation in Healthcare – the impact of new technologies.

Background to the event

New technologies are transforming and reconfiguring the boundaries between patients, research participants and consumers, between research and clinical practice, and between public and private domains. In the area of personalised medicine, sequencing technology is opening up new questions around consent; what is a clinically significant finding; the nature of the interaction between clinicians and researchers; and how the translational patient pathway should be constructed.  The second generation of web interface, underpinned by 2.0 technology, enables new kinds of interactions between people. It provides the potential to transform the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients; enable citizen science; empower citizens to have greater control over the use of their personal information; enabling them to be consumers in a world without borders. Big data technology and approaches are enabling diverse datasets to be used for healthcare purposes that challenge our ideas of privacy and require new forms of engagement and public deliberation.

In the spirit of ELSI 2.0 we brought together a wide range of voices to discuss and think more deeply about the technological, legal, ethical, and social challenges raised by new technologies in healthcare.  Our aim was to capture the energy and free flow of ideas that usually only occurs in the coffee breaks of most conferences, by providing a stimulating format and environment for local discussions and interactions with leading thinkers in the field. Our Activity Zone featured ECOUTER – an online engagement event; ELSI 2.0 Helpdesk; Artist in Residence; Talking Wall; Selfies Competition; Haiku/Limerick competition; Walk and Talk, live Twitter Feed #TransHealth2015

The 2015 programme is available to view here



Translation in Healthcare - Exploring the Impact of Emerging Technologies Conference

Oxford 23-25 June 2015

Last June, the HeLEX Centre celebrated their 5th Anniversary and invited over 140 delegates from around the world to Oxford for a 1 – week Conference:‘Translation in Healthcare: Exploring the Impact of Emerging Technologies’.The event was a great success and we would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to such a productive and enjoyable week.

The Conference explored the technological, legal, ethical and social challenges raised by new technologies in healthcare and focussed on 5 themes: What is translation and what are the challenges; the clinic of the future; my data, open data, big data; from bench-side to bedside to populations; and future recommendations. All presentations will be available online soon.

Through meetings, workshops, presentations, Pecha Kucha’s and plenaries, we created a stimulating environment for local discussions and interactions. We ran an Activity Zone to feature ‘ECOUTER’ – an online mind mapping methodology; as well as an ELSI 2.0 Helpdesk, a talking wall and artwork from our Artist in Residence which was inspired by the conference and created by everyone! The result is below and will soon be uploaded to our Conference web page  with our presentation slides, final plenary recordings and even a limerick or two!

The Conference also marked the official launch of the ELSI 2.0 website, as well as the ELSI 2.0 Facebook page and the soft-launch of the ELSI2.0 online platform ‘Bitrix’ – a collaboration tool facilitating working groups, instant messaging, discussion boards, video calling and much more.  To sign up to Bitrix, please follow this link to sign up to ELSI 2.0 and complete the short form that will generate an invitation to Bitrix.


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... a unique conference experience you won't want to miss - including ECOUTER and other workshops!

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Professor Madeleine Murtagh and her team from the University of Bristol will introduce delegates to the ECOUTER platform and run an interactive workshop entitled "Translation and emerging technologies: what are your views on the social, ethical and legal issues?"  ECOUTER is a new engagement method for research related development.
Taken from the French verb ‘to listen’, ECOUTER is both a tool (based on interactive mind-mapping software) and an approach to engagement: a four-stage process of

  1. engagement and knowledge exchange
  2. analysis
  3. concept and recommendation development
  4. feedback and refinement. 

Come and be heard at the ECOUTER stand, Wednesday lunchtime, in the refreshments area. With the ECOUTER engagement tool, we will capture your thoughts throughout the conference and display the developing mind-map in real time!

The conference will also feature our Artist in Residence, Miranda Creswell, who looks forward to engaging us all in some very special artwork!

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Miranda Cresswell