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Precision medicine focus of NIH workshop

May. 14, 2015, 8:39 AM

On May 28-29 at Vanderbilt, the Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a public workshop devoted to research cohorts and electronic health records.

The working group is charged with planning the federal precision medicine initiative that was announced by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address. This is the third in a series of five public workshops held by the working group, running February through July.

Specific times and campus locations for the public workshop have yet to be announced.

The NIH will also host live video of the event on its website.

Vanderbilt’s Josh Denny, M.D., M.S., associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, is one of 19 experts who comprise the working group.

Precision medicine is a data-intensive approach to the understanding and treatment of disease. The federal initiative will, among other things, establish a group of 1 million or more research participants who will volunteer to share their biological, environmental, lifestyle and behavioral information and tissue samples with qualified researchers in a way that protects participant privacy.

For more information visit the NIH website.

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