Precision Medicine/Precision Health
In June 2023, University leaders announced a $50 million investment in work related to precision health for populations. The investment includes follow-through money to launch the previously announced Paul and Diane Manning Institute of Biotechnology. Initial work focuses on reducing cancer in rural communities. By combining medical information with population-level data on the environment and other determinants of health, researchers will be able to detect community-wide patterns and develop targeted interventions, both for individuals and for entire populations. New understandings could lead to improved strategies to promote community health, and researchers will have the data and evidence to advocate for policies that will lead to healthier communities.
Researchers also will collaborate with colleagues working on the Digital Technology and Youth Development initiative on its work related to the youth mental health crisis.
Precision Health for Populations Initiative: Karen Ingersoll is the faculty lead for this initiative. The work will examine and consider how we can use the tools of precision health to improve outcomes and reduce disparities for communities and populations – ranging from reducing cancer in rural communities to developing scalable digital interventions to support young people.