Precision Medicine Vision

Precision medicine is medical diagnosis, prevention and treatment based on an individual’s variation in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Knowledge of an individual’s personal genome allows us to make informed decisions about the best medical care available, for that person. From fundamental discoveries to the clinic, Columbia... Read more

Ethics & Society

The success of the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative requires a strong coordinated research and education program addressing ethical, legal, economic, social, and humanistic issues relating to precision medicine and encompassing faculty in the social sciences, humanities, law, business, bioethics, medicine, and other disciplines. Columbia's program is unique among its peer institutions in supporting scholarship in precision medicine beyond clinical and basic science research and in tackling the broadest questions facing society. A principal tenet of the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative is that questions relating to how precision medicine will affect society must be explored and answered before our scientific and clinical advances we aspire to deliver can equitably benefit patients.

Videos

Ophthalmology is a promising specialty for implementing Precision Medicine because of the eye’s amenability to intervention and the significant human and economic burdens it incurs.