Dr Leroy Hood is one of the pioneers in biotechnology and genetic medicine. He has developed many of the instruments essential to the practice of modern biological science, including those used to analyze and synthesize DNA and RNA. His inventions are at the foundations of biotechnology, from the sequencing of the human genome to the development of antiretroviral therapies for HIV/AIDS. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, a cross-disciplinary research center devoted to "P4 medicine": medicine that is Predictive, Preventive, Personalized, and Participatory, utilizing data on biological systems -- from the whole environment down to the individual genome -- to predict and prevent disease at the earliest possible stage, sustaining wellness before treating disease.
The advent of this systems biology approach raises a host of questions, not just medical, but ethical, social, and economic. Dr Hood will address the challenges of P4 medicine in his talk, entitled "How Scientific Wellness will Transform Individual Health and National Healthcare." His talk in the Carey Auditorium will include an open question and answer session, followed by a reception for Dr Hood (starting at around 4 pm) in the Scholar's Lounge in the Library Concourse.
Dr Hood, the author of more than 750 peer-reviewed article and the holder of 36 patents, is one of a very small group of scientists to have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. His visit to Notre Dame is made possible by the generosity of Joan and Phil Coogan, and is sponsored by the John J. Reilly Center's Initiative for Medicine and the Liberal Arts.