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INSIGHTS Public Lecture: Virtual You: How building your digital twin will revolutionise medicine and change your life by Roger Highfield

Roger Highfield, writer and science journalist

Date/Time: Thursday 27 April 2023, 5.30pm

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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All our events remain free and open to all, but pre-booking is required. Bookings for this lecture will open at 10.00am on 20 April.

To reserve your place click the booking link below or telephone our booking voicemail line 0191 208 6136.

Virtual You is a panoramic account of efforts by scientists around the world to build digital twins of human beings, from cells and tissues to organs and whole bodies. These virtual copies will usher in a new era of personalised medicine, one in which digital twins can help predict risks of disease, participate in virtual drug trials, shed light on lifestyle changes, and help identify therapies to enhance wellbeing. 


Roger Highfield was born in Wales, raised in north London and became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. He was the Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades and the Editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. Today, he is the Science Director of the Science Museum Group, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a visiting professor of public engagement at the Dunn School, University of Oxford, and Department of Chemistry, UCL, and a member of the UKRI-Medical Research Council. Roger has written eight books and had thousands of articles published in newspapers and magazines.