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21st Century Cures Initiative Explores Personalized Medicine

August 1, 2014—Personalized or precision medicine was the topic of the third roundtable discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures Initiative July 23.

Roundtable participants from academic medicine included: Franklin Cockerill, M.D., chair, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic; Andrew Futreal, Ph.D., professor, Genomic Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Susanne Haga, Ph.D., associate research professor, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University; and Patrick O’Gara, M.D., director, Clinical Cardiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

Representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), industry, and patient groups also participated in the discussion, which focused on a number of themes, including:

  • the necessity of increased investment in basic research in other fields of medicine to replicate the advances that have occurred in cancer diagnosis and treatment,
  • the challenges of integrating, validating and understanding the large volumes of genomic data being generated to make the new technologies available at the point of care,
  • the difficulty of working with multiple federal agencies and the uncertainty in the current regulatory environment,
  • the importance of educating clinicians and scientists to be able to communicate better with patient and families, and
  • the need to improve patient access to information, testing, and treatment, including the role of reimbursement.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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