Welcome to Future Debates, a series of public events supported by the British Science Association.

Here at the MCRC, our researchers deal with strictly anonymised genetic information daily in order to better understand and treat cancer. We want to understand the public's views and opinions on the very important questions relating to data privacy and ownership.

We are therefore holding a debate about these issues on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at the MCRC with two guest speakers. Sara Alvarez who is Chief Medical Officer of NIM genetics www.nimgenetics.com  and George Burghel from Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine will join us to give their perspective of where the field of genetics and genetic testing are going and what it means for us all.

Future Debates events are part of the British Science Association's work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their lives, their local economy and the UK’s future.

Doors open from 5.30pm, with the debate to run from 6pm until 7pm. This event is suitable for 16+ and the option of continued discussion afterwards in The Red Lion over the road is open to all.

Follow us on twitter @MCRCNews and use the event hashtag #FutureDebates

Collated, anonymised data from the Future Debates series will be provided to the Chief Medical Officer for the purpose of informing policy about Genome Data Privacy. The event will not be recorded, nor will any individual be identifiable in any of this information.

Booking for this event has now closed.