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University Of Arizona Will Be Part Of Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Precision Medicine Initiative
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Precision Medicine Initiative.

The University of Arizona is one of 40 organizations being included in President Barack Obama’s precision medicine initiative.

Launched by the president in 2015, the effort is aimed at customizing medical procedures and therapies for individual patients’ conditions. At its heart is data sharing among physicians, researchers, patients and research study participants to create targeted treatments.

UA will offer its expertise in computerized biomedical information, biostatistics and applied genetics and genomic medicine.

UA health sciences Vice President Skip Garcia said the key to delivering personalized medicine is analyzing genetic data to speed up biomedical discoveries.

Dr. Garcia said Arizona’s diverse population provides opportunities to better understand cultural, ethnic, social and genetic factors that influence health.

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Sara Hammond has an extensive background in journalism as well as corporate communication. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s (UA) School of Journalism, Hammond interned at the Tucson Citizen and, after graduation, spent 10 years reporting for the Portland Press Herald in Maine.