Imagine tackling the most difficult and persistent health challenges
Imagine targeted cancer therapies tailored to each patient's genomic fingerprint, lifestyle, and preferences to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects. Imagine a neighborhood with an unusually high asthma rate working with researchers to share personal and geographic data that ultimately reshape environmental policy. Now imagine health science fiction coming to life in your own home as mobile diagnostic tools help scan patient data, send it directly to your doctor's office and accurately predict response to customized treatments – all in a matter of minutes. These are just a few ways UC Davis' Precision Medicine initiative could touch your life.
The vision: a learning health care system
UC Davis is spearheading an innovative paradigm at the intersection of people and population, environmental and biological markers, and behavioral and mental health. The Center for Precision Medicine will assemble unique, cross-disciplinary teams to solve complex challenges, ask bold new questions and propel research that dramatically improves quality of life. We will empower patients and communities as partners in their own wellness and train the next generation of data-fluent health professionals. UC Davis researchers will continue to be driven by what our clinicians need to know, and both researchers and clinicians will learn from each other and our patients. Together, we will tackle the ethical and social implications that come with this rapidly evolving model.
Make a difference
UC Davis is looking to partner with donors, corporations and foundations to accomplish the following:
- Create powerful, diverse teams that revolutionize genomics, patient experience and public health via start-up funding for pilot studies and multi-disciplinary projects
- Fuel leading-edge training with Big Data analytics architecture and critical technology upgrades
- Endow a directorship and six faculty positions who embrace team science and work at the interface of disciplines
Together, we will find innovative solutions to personalized health care with global applications. We will invite the partnership of our alumni and friends in enabling the hope and promise of precision medicine to improve the quality of life for patients and communities around the world.