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Dr. Leroy Hood, a member of all three national academies and recipient of National Medal of Science for his  pioneering work on systems medicine, will delivered the keynote speech for the MD2K annual meeting on Oct. 1 at the University of Memphis, FedEx Institute of Technology on October 1st at

In the talk, Hood shared his vision for P4 medicine – healthcare that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory. A video of the presentation is now available here.

Hood is Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer for St. Joseph Health, and Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder and professor at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He contributed to the development of the instruments that ushered in the era of big data in biology and medicine as well as the human genome program.

He co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and most recently, he has been instrumental in the application of systems biology to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases as well as the development of technologies and strategies for personalized medicine.  His current research focuses on P4 medicine, with a pilot project on 108 well individuals that is transforming healthcare and leading to a new healthcare discipline called scientific wellness.

Hood is one of just 20 individuals elected to all three National Academies – the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. He has published 750 papers, holds 36 patents, has received 17 honorary degrees and more than 100 awards – including the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation & Inventing, and the National Medal of Science. He is the founder or co-founder of 15 different biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Rosetta, Darwin, Integrated Diagnostics, Indi Molecular and Arivale.

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