Until now, medical treatments have been used in a one-size-fits-all fashion. But diseases can affect people differently. Each individual has a unique genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. As a result, the same medical treatment may be more or less effective for different people with the same diagnosis.
To better understand how genetic and environmental factors influence health, UCLA Health has launched the Precision Health Initiative. Our goal is to advance understanding of genetic drivers that cause disease and develop the ability to determine the best care for each individual patient.
We’ll do this by studying gene samples on a large scale to create DNA-informed diagnoses and treatments that have the potential to:
The ability to use genetic information to individualize treatment has the potential to revolutionize medicine for conditions such as:
Precision health taps into the community of 4.8-million UCLA Health patients to gather information that will help us understand the genetic drivers of disease. The UCLA Institute for Precision Health provides a hub for all of the specialists involved in genomic studies including faculty and researchers from:
This integration, along with UCLA’s electronic medical record, will allow for interdisciplinary programs designed to improve human health. We’re making it easier for researchers from multiple departments to work together. For example, we may see collaborative programs within:
Learn more about precision health, including how you can get involved.
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