Precision medicine initiative: the future of healthcare
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.
On its face, it might seem Dr. Fred Meyers at the UC Davis School of Medicine is looking at one very specific problem. He’s studying soldiers with complex trauma, such as a serious burn combined with a head injury. But he says the method he’s using — called precision medicine — could ultimately change the way doctors nationwide treat both military and civilian patients.