Nastazja Laskowski, a student on the Genomic Medicine MPhil course has been selected as 1 of 100 students to take part in the Roche Continents programme taking place August 2019.
Since 2007, Roche has invited top-talented students to experience a unique journey exploring sources of inspiration at the intersection of science and art, as well as the creative processes that drive innovation. The highly prestigious programme involves thought-provoking workshops combining the arts with science, run by leaders at Roche, top scientists and successful artists. In addition, participants will have backstage access to the Salzburg Festival and the opportunity to network with Master’s and PhD students from other Universities, as well as world-renowned artists and scientists.
Nastazja said, “I am very grateful to be selected. The 2019 theme ‘Myths, data and me’ resonates deeply with me in relation to my studies in genomics. Individuality (‘me’), data and the myths that surround genomics are all strongly interlinked and have a large impact on patient decisions, research and policy. Genomics has for a long time captured the imagination of the public as seen through popular culture and film. DNA simultaneously makes us unique and links us to our loved ones. Its transgression into popular culture and film gives rise to myths which shape the preconceptions that patients bring into clinic when attending a genetics appointment or when deciding whether they will share their data with research scientists. There must be collaboration between the arts and science so that informed and democratic decisions can be made about the benefits and challenges of genomic data in relation to human wellbeing and privacy. Roche is ‘doing now what patients need next’ by recognising this need for collaboration.”