Health Care & Medical Practices need to overcome the status quo: The Medical science is saying we need to do things differently: The Premise of Molecular Diagnostics and Precision Medicine
Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN
Medical science is more advanced than at any point in history. Yet the health care system — medical science applied to actual patients — still leaves many people without the best and latest treatments.
The Way Medicine Is Going
FOCUS: MAKING MEDICINE MORE PRECISE, ACCESSIBLE
Scientists, doctors working to customize treatments — and get those treatments to greater numbers of people
Euan Ashley, a Stanford University Medical Center associate professor of medicine and genetics, in an article last week in Nature Reviews Genetics.
The California program’s website is www.ciapm.org.
At the federal level, Obama’s campaign, called the Precision Medicine Initiative, was unveiled in January 2015.
The initiative’s website is whitehouse.gov/pmi.
The Clearity Foundation, a San Diego nonprofit,Clearity provides these services free of charge, specializes in matching the best drugs to ovarian cancer patients with recurrent tumors. Through partners, Clearity arranges for tumor samples to be genetically analyzed and compared with those of others in a tumor database of hundreds of tumor samples.
NOTABLE NAMES IN PRECISION MEDICINE
*ERIC DISHMAN — Director of the National Institutes of Health’s program linked to President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.
*DR. ELIZABETH BACA — Senior health adviser to the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research who helps coordinate the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine.
*DR. ERIC TOPOL — Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer for the San Diego-based Scripps Health network. He is leading a national project, backed by $120 million in federal funding, to enroll 1 million volunteers in a study to deeply explore their health. The aim is to get more data to customize patient care.
*DR. STEPHEN KINGSMORE — Diagnoses genetic childhood diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego as president and CEO of the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.
*J. CRAIG VENTER — Genomics pioneer based in La Jolla. Beyond his eponymously named institute, Venter is co-founder of Human Longevity, a company aiming to sequence the DNA of hundreds of thousands of people.
*JAY FLATLEY — Executive chairman of Illumina in San Diego, the world’s leader in making systems that sequence DNA in high volume.
*LAURA SHAWVER — Founder of The Clearity Foundation in San Diego, which uses precision medicine to help match ovarian-cancer patients with drugs targeted to their various types of tumors.
*DR. ATUL BUTTE — Professor at UC San Francisco and principal investigator for the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine.