Precision health will drive, and define, the future of medicine.
The goals of the Institute for Precision Health are to:
- Provide a home for precision and genomic health activities at UCLA, including a hub for faculty with a wide range of expertise from all medical school departments, computer science, bio-informatics, and relevant social and physical sciences.
- Facilitate other large-scale initiatives in genomic medicine at UCLA. Already, the campus has ambitious goals for achieving a major impact on human health through interdisciplinary programs in neuroscience, cardiovascular medicine, metabolic health, cancer, regeneration and degeneration, and immunology and infectious disease. All of these efforts will rely on and contribute to the precision health institute. For example, the Depression Grand Challenge, a campus-wide initiative that involves more than 100 faculty from all schools and has at its center a 15 year plan for genomic analysis and longitudinal phenotypic investigation of more than 100,000 participants recruited through UCLA Health.
- Provide a transformative platform for big data integration. This includes the development and continued refinement of a computational and bioinformatics infrastructure, as well as new software and hardware tools for the analysis of electronic medical record (EMR) data in conjunction with genetic and genomic data.
- Develop the associated universal consent and bio-banking infrastructure for patient biomaterials. This infrastructure will engage participants; enable the sharing of genomic and EHR data; and ultimately facilitate big data, with its patient-relevant research.
- Create and implement an integrated Precision Medicine diagnostic service, including genomics and other specialized testing.
- Organize regional genomics initiatives that may be undertaken with institutions in the Greater Los Angeles area and California in general.
- Create a center of multi-disciplinary expertise to engage the community (local, state and national) in its activities and provide a hub for social policy and ethical discussion.
In these efforts, UCLA is building on its already considerable successes in precision medicine across a diversity of specialties to change the clinical landscape of a variety of disorders from cardiology, cancer, neurology, and immunology and undiagnosed disorders, including autism.