Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Partnership Launched

The Woodruff Health Science Center at Emory University and the Ohio State University Medical Center are forming the Alliance for Predictive and Personalized Health. This partnership will transform healthcare into a more patient-centered system that will integrate scientific breakthroughs in genomics and molecular biology with advances in communications and information technology.

Personalized healthcare is the cornerstone of the Ohio State University Medical Center’s vision. In 2005, Ohio State formed a Center for Personalized Health Care to join programs in biomedical informatics, genomics and biomarker science, imaging, clinical trials and investigation, employee health/managed care, and clinical applications. In 2006, personalized healthcare practices were incorporated into the university health plans through the introduction of “Your Plan for Health”.

Predictive Health is a major initiative within Emory University’s strategic plan. In 2005, Emory and Georgia Tech established the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute to combine research investigating new genetic and protein biomarkers. The Center for Health Discover and Well-Being does clinical testing and translational research on predictors of health, disease risks, and prognosis.

The partnership will focus on:

  • Genomics/biomarker science—bio-banking, shared databases and shared core resources focused on cancer genetics, autoimmune imaging, critical care medicine, wound care, and behavioral medicine
  • Clinical investigation/clinical trials—phenotyping and biomarkers, access to information, medical and legal liability issues, education and training to change the culture around personalized healthcare, systems biology, and mathematical bioscience
  • Biomedical informatics and information technology—data integration, hypothesis testing, biomedical informatics, healthcare information systems, high throughput computing, and genomics/proteomics
  • Technology transfer and research management—intellectual property management and technology research and development to focus on databases, biobanks, and biomarkers