Precision medicine helped save Eric Dishman’s life. And today, he’ll discuss how it could save many others in, “Accelerating Precision Health for All: The All of Us Research Program,” during the Lewis A. Conner Memorial Lecture.
The prestigious annual lecture is part of the Opening Session, which will be held 1-3 p.m. in Main Event I, Hall D, Main Building.
Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, said the unprecedented research initiative will include at least 1 million people across the United States who volunteer to share information about their health, lifestyle and environment. The program aims to create one of the largest, richest biomedical datasets for future studies, thus accelerating scientific and medical breakthroughs to improve and save lives.
Advances in science, technology and computing make precision medicine possible, Dishman said.
“With everything from smartphones to sequencers, we can now collect data about our genetics, environments and behaviors in ways that just weren’t possible even a few years ago,” he said. “With this wealth of data, we can do new science and make new discoveries to help deliver the right treatment for the right person at the right time.”