Why precision medicine is important for our future

2000px-High_accuracy_Low_precision.svgPrecision medicine is the theme for the 10th annual symposium of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Nano Biotechnology, Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9 a.m. in the Owens Auditorium at the School of Medicine. This year’s event is cohosted by Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative (also known as Hopkins inHealth) and features several inHealth affiliated speakers.

By developing treatments that overcome the limitations of the one-size-fits-all mindset, precision medicine will more effectively prevent and thwart disease. Driven by data provided from sources such as electronic medical records, public health investigations, clinical studies, and from patients themselves through new point-of-care assays, wearable sensors and smartphone apps, precision medicine will become the gold standard of care in the not-so-distant future. Before long, we will be able to treat and also prevent diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and cancer with regimes that are tailor-made for the individual.

Hopkins inHealth is a signature initiative of Johns Hopkins University’s $4.5 billion Rising to the Challenge campaign is a collaboration among three institutions: the University, the Johns Hopkins Health System, and the Applied Physics Laboratory. These inHealth researchers combine clinical, genetic, lifestyle, and other data sources to create innovative tools intended to improve decision-making in the prevention and treatment of a range of conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious disease. The goal is to “provide the right care to the right person at the right time.”

Of course, the idea of bringing together diverse disciplines to solve problems is not a new concept at INBT. The speakers we have assembled for our talks this morning are uniquely qualified to examine precision medicine from many angles: engineering, basic sciences, clinical experience, and public health.

Our symposium this year is also supported by contributions from Forest City and Nikon, who donated our poster prizes. The agenda for Friday is below. Please make plans to come for all of it. Further details and a link to register your poster title can be found here Details and a link to register can be found here: http://inbt.jhu.edu/2016/04/20/submit-your-poster-titles-now-for-the-inbt-symposium-april-29/

Peter Searson, Joseph R. and Lynn C. Reynolds Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Denis Wirtz, Vice Provost for Research; T.H. Smoot Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Sharon Gerecht, Kent Gordon Croft Investment Management Faculty Scholar, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Hai-Quan Mao, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

2016 Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology Annual Symposium and 10th Anniversary Celebration
Theme: Precision Medicine
Friday, April 29
Speakers:  9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; Owens Auditorium
Poster Session: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; Owens Pre-function room and corridor


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.        Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.        Welcome from Directors

9:05 – 9:35 a.m.        Revolutions in Measurement and Analysis: Powering Discovery in Human Diseases
Antony Rosen. M.B. Ch.B., MD

9:35 – 10:05 a.m.      Precision Medicine In Oncology:  Applications And Examples
Kenneth Pienta, MD

10:05 – 10:35 a.m.    Individualized Care And Prevention: Decoding The Hidden Health States
Zheyu Wang, PhD

10:35 – 10:45 a.m.    Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.    Development And Applications Of Polygenic Risk Prediction Models For Precision Prevention
Nilanjan Chatterjee, PhD

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.    Epigenetics At The Crossroads Of Genetics And Environment In Common Human Disease
Andrew Feinberg, MD, MPH

11:45 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m. Population and Individualized Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Scott Zeger, PhD

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch Break; Room 111
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.     Poster Session A
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.     Poster Session B
3:30 p.m.                Prize Presentation
4:00 p.m.                Adjourn


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