Topic: How does a personalised medicine approach, including lifestyle and whānau, look like?

Face to face Remote

Cross-Cultural Interest Group Seminar - 17th August 2021 (Tuesday)

Synopsis: This presentation will start with a brief review of current applications using personalised medicine in the health industry with a focus on mental health and an introduction of biostatistics methods used in this area. Based on the review, the presenter will propose a health-care framework of combining personalised medicine information, lifestyle preference and connectivity with family/whānau. Simulations will be used to generate case scenarios for the illustrations of potential usages under this framework.

See below for Event MC and SPEAKER information.


Registration: Participants can join this evening session in person or via zoom webinar. RSVP is required.
a) Early registration for in-person is strongly encouraged as only the first 30 registrations will be accepted. Once we reached maximum enrolment, the option for face-to-face registration will no longer be available.
b) For remote or webinar attendance, please RSVP by 16th August 2021.

Other information:
a) The seminar will not be recorded.
b/ No power-point slides and webinar recording will be available post the event.
b) A certificate of attendance will be issued 2 weeks after the seminar.


Tuesday 17th August, 2021


6.30pm - 8.00pm


Conference Room, Independent Living Service Auckland, 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland View in Google Maps


Available as Zoom Webinar


Dr Rajendra Pavagada

Dr Rajendra Pavagada

CCIG Advisory Group Member
Psychiatrist, Counties-Manukau District Health Board

Dr Rajendra Pavagada, MS.BS. M.D; Ms.Psych.Med; Dip.Psych.Med, a member of the New Zealand Medical Association. Raj is a psychiatrist working in the Department of Psychiatry in Counties Manukau DHB.

Dr. Irene Zeng

Dr. Irene Zeng

Researcher and Biostatistician

Dr. Irene Zeng is a researcher and biostatistician in the mental health and addiction department of CMDHB. She has been working in the clinical environment conducting design, setting up, monitoring clinical studies and supporting medical students and registrar training in different specialities for about 15 years. Her research speciality and interests include biostatistics methods, proteomics-omics and personalized medicine, acculturation, graph theories and Celtic music. Her recent studies embrace review of statistical methods in integrated omics, bioconductor package “sparsenetgls”, validating risk identification tool for medication prescription errors, and integrated mental health care.