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Personalized medicine, also known as precision medicine, is a concept that is reshaping the way we think about human health.
Personalized medicine focuses on individual patients — their attitudes, their environment, and their genetics — to guide a new understanding of how to prevent and treat disease. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a national leader in personalized medicine research and its delivery at the bedside.
Personalized medicine is a model of care that by definition involves a diverse range of scientific and medical fields. This being the case, Vanderbilt has numerous academic departments dedicated to making the discoveries that promise to reshape the way we prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
Equally important to these discoveries are the ways in which Vanderbilt incorporates them into improving patient care. One example of this would be Vanderbilt’s PREDICT program. PREDICT is a DNA test that your doctor may give you if you are prescribed certain drugs. The test looks at some genes that tell us how your body responds to those drugs. The test results help doctors prescribe the right dose of the right drug and avoid bad drug side effects.
The use of genetic information in healthcare brings with it new issues in ethics and patient privacy. Vanderbilt is committed to addressing these concerns and engaging the public for their input and participation. Vanderbilt has numerous resources established to guide sound ethical policies related to personalized medicine, to train tomorrow’s leaders in biomedical ethics, and to engage the community in this new and exciting revolution in healthcare.