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

Precision Medicine Inaugural Conference: April 28, 2017

At the Inaugural Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative (CPMI) conference: Advances in Precision Medicine: Genetics, we heard about cutting-edge genetics research from international leaders in the field whose research advances the basic science of genetics and impacts the application of genetics to the understanding and treatment of human genetic disease. 

Accomplishing the objectives of CPMI requires advancing basic science, and the application of the resulting knowledge to the identification of genetic causes of human diseases, the understanding of disease mechanisms, and ultimately to the treatment of a wide range of human diseases ranging from cancer to neurological diseases. To this end, CPMI is a truly University-wide effort. The bedrock of the initiative is strong basic and translational biomedical science practiced in the Medical School, the new Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute, and the Morningside campus. Success of the Initiative will also require many other academic disciplines at Columbia ranging from humanities, to engineering, to law and business.

With breathtaking advances in DNA sequencing, computer science, and clinical medicine, it is virtually certain that the number of diseases diagnosed and treated on the basis of genome sequence information will increase dramatically during the next decade. In addition, as we learn more about the relationship between genetic mutations, human biology, and disease, the genome sequence will play a central role in the practice of medicine. I believe the technology is here and essential groundwork has been established. Columbia University is ideally positioned to bring the full force of an extraordinarily diverse and talented faculty to bear on the advancement of precision medicine.   

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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.