October 17, 2017 – U-M launches new Precision Health research initiative
The University of Michigan has launched a new initiative to harness campus-wide research aimed at finding personalized solutions to improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities.
Precision Health at the University of Michigan will bring together researchers from across the university to facilitate this new and exciting type of research.
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced the new initiative today during his annual Leadership Breakfast, when he outlines plans for the coming years.
U-M’s unique breadth of world-class programs along with a culture of collaboration – including among disciplines that don’t traditionally work together – will allow the initiative to cover the spectrum of precision health from discovery to implementation to improving the health of the community and the world. For example, social work researchers can explore the social implications of precision health approaches while law school faculty examine privacy issues.
The initiative will be led by three co-directors:
- Goncalo Abecasis, Ph.D., Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the U-M School of Public Health. Abecasis’ research focuses on the development of statistical tools for the identification and study of genetic variants important in human disease.
- Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., MBA, associate professor of anesthesiology and associate dean for research information technology at the U-M Medical School. Kheterpal’s career has been focused on the novel use of IT and electronic health records for patient care, quality improvement and research.
- Eric Michielssen, Ph.D., Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering at the U-M College of Engineering and associate vice president for advanced research computing for the U-M Office of Research. Michielssen, a computational scientist by training, coordinates research initiatives and educational programs in computational and data science across U-M’s 19 schools and colleges.
Initial support for the initiative will come from the university’s Office of the Provost, Medical School, School of Public Health and College of Engineering. Many more of the university’s 19 schools and colleges, plus world-class programs such as the Institute for Social Research and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, also will be involved.