|Tong||Dear colleagues, |
We're already one month into the year; I wish you all a successful 2012 in your professional and personal lives.
At the 1/13/2012 SOM Dean’s retreat, a new and profound national proposal on advancing medicine was presented. Described in a National Academies Press monograph titled Toward Precision Medicine, and summarized by Vice Chancellor Keith Yamamoto at the retreat as well as at other recent campus meetings, this involves taking advantage, in novel ways, of the explosion of molecular and biomedical data on humans, which we as investigators and clinicians can no longer capture and use adequately to improve health outcomes, given the limitations of our individual intellectual capacities, current professional networks and conventional disease classification. UCSF is at the center of this initiative, with our chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellman and Keith being the chairs of the two National Research Council committees which authored the proposal. Even more importantly, UCSF intends to develop a pioneering version of a knowledge network infrastructure connecting and utilizing research and clinical data with sophisticated, powerful search capacities, and the focus will be on what current taxonomies call the neurosciences. This has unprecedented potential for advances in psychiatry and mental health, and puts our department in a very exciting position. I highly recommend your taking a look at the monograph (it’s only about a hundred pages long, very readable, but get reading/magnifying glasses for the captions on some of the illustrations) which is available in various forms by searching “precision medicine knowledge network” and may be accessible depending on your computer/network at the following sites.
Lowell Tong, MD
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