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Voices in Precision Medicine: Speaking on the Law, Ethics, and Science

December 13, 2016

Precision medicine promises health care tailored to every individual, a mission that opens exciting possibilities and poses unique challenges. How do we control cost, equalize access to care, and speed the journey to success? On Dec 1 and 2, 2016, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and ethicists from across the country met to discuss these topics, and more.... Read more

U Symposium on the Law, Ethics, and Science of Precision Medicine

November 18, 2016

On Dec. 1-2, national experts in genetics, medicine, law, big data and other will fields gather for Frontiers in Precision Medicine II: Cancer, Big Data and the Public, a unique precision medicine symposium at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The symposium, sponsored by the U’s Colleges of Law, School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) addresses topics in law, ethics, and science as precision medicine is gaining more attention nationwide from health care systems, practitioners, researchers, insurers and federal agencies. ... Read more

DNA Fest Highlights Utah Genetics, Precision Medicine

July 04, 2016

On July 9, the Natural History Museum of Utah will host a DNA Fest presented in part by Utah Genome Project and USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery investigators. With hands-on activities, families are invited to explore the genome and genetic traits, and learn what they are and how they are advancing medicine and technology today. ... Read more

Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases Are Diagnosed

May 26, 2016

Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical specimen (DNA and RNA) and to detect pathogens, as well as profile the patient’s gene expression, in a matter of minutes. ... Read more

Within Six Families, a Path to Personalized Treatment for an Immune Disorder

March 16, 2016

By age 56, Roma Jean Ockler had endured 17 years of recurring infections and a life-threatening intestinal illness before finally receiving the right treatment for her condition. Her family’s genetic information was combined with that of five other families from across the world to classify a new immune disorder. The finding makes possible diagnosis at a young age so that doctors can intervene early and give the right treatment from the start.... Read more

White House Highlights University of Utah-led Project to Help Patients with Rare, Untreatable Diseases at Precision Medicine Summit

February 25, 2016

A University of Utah-led initiative to help people with rare and untreatable diseases was highlighted by the White House at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit today. Patient Empowered Precision Medicine Alliance (PEPMA) will lay the groundwork for a pipeline that rapidly matches patients with rare diseases that are untreatable with current therapies to the right drugs for their condition, at a relatively low cost.... Read more

Advances in Precision Medicine and Translational Research: PPH and CCTS Pilot Award Symposium

November 19, 2015

On December 2, 2015, lead investigators of interdisciplinary teams will present their research toward advancing customized healthcare. Each team is recipient of a seed grant from University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and Program in Personalized Health pilot program designed to combine talent, resources, and perspectives from across disciplines in order to spur translational research related to personalized health. ... Read more

ER visits, hospitalizations decline in elderly patients evaluated by DNA testing and predictive medication analytics system

November 12, 2015

YouScript predictive medication analytics, a clinical decision support tool used by doctors to guide genetic testing and improve drug treatments, has been shown to cut ER visits by almost three-quarters and reduce hospitalizations by more than one-third in elderly patients taking multiple medications. Researchers from the University of Utah compared those who received YouScript-guided genetic testing and analysis in a prospective group to those who did not in a matched retrospective cohort. YouScript was shown to reduce ER visits by 71 percent and hospitalizations by 39 percent in the tested population compared to the statistically matched group.... Read more

University of Utah Announces Inaugural Round of Grants to Advance Precision Medicine and Translational Research

June 30, 2015

The University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and Program in Personalized Health has awarded grants to eight interdisciplinary projects to advance research and practices leading toward customizing healthcare to the individual patient.... Read more

Genomics England Selects Omicia and University of Utah Technology for 100,000 Genomes Project

June 11, 2015

Genomics England announced that it will be using technology co-developed in a partnership between the University of Utah and Omicia to interpret the DNA of Britons as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, a national effort to hasten creation of diagnostics and treatments that are tailored to a person’s genetic make-up. The VAAST (Variant Annotation, Analysis and Search Tool) and Phevor (Phenotype Driven Variant Ontological Re-ranking tool) algorithms are core components of the Omicia Opal platform, which transforms genomic data into clinically relevant information.... Read more