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February 8, 2017
Do we have the right guinea pigs? 
In medicine, factoring in diversity is more than a matter of political correctness: It can be life or death, but minorities still make up a disproportionately low percentage of participants in trials for cancer, asthma and other drugs.

February 7, 2017
NIH Renames Precision Medicine Cohort, Urges Patient Engagement
The NIH has renamed the Precision Medicine Cohort to the All of Us Research Program, bringing new opportunities for participant involvement in precision medicine.

September 8, 2016
Americans are keen to take part in a national precision medicine program
In an opinion piece in STAT, Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Director Eric Dishman discusses survey results that indicate Americans are intersted in participating in the initiative. 

September 8, 2016
Q&A: Kathy Hudson
In a Q&A with Nature, NIH Deputy Director for Science, Outreach and Policy Dr. Kathy Hudson discusses the challenges of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.



August 17, 2016
A Survey of U.S. Adults’ Opinions about Conduct of a Nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Study of Genes and Environment
This PLoS ONE article provides results from a survey of a population-based sample of U.S. adults to measure attitudes toward the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. Seventy nine percent of respondents supported a national precision medicine study.

July 23, 2016
Uncle Sam Wants You - Or at Least Your Genetic and Lifestyle Information
An article in the New York Times gives an overview of what participants can expect when enrolling in the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

July 7, 2016
Medicine's next step
President Obama writes about the future of healthcare and the Precision Medicine Initiative in the Boston Globe.

July 7, 2016
Obama Seeks to Make Mark on Genetic Medicine
Forbes reports on efforts to build the framework of President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.

April 27, 2016
Health Leaders Talk Data Analytics, Precision Medicine and the Opportunities, and Challenges, for Patient Care
Healthcare Informatics highlights how federal partners, research institutions and hospitals are approaching precision medicine.

April 12, 2016
Meet Eric Dishman, the New Face of the Precision Medicine Initiative
In this interview with U.S. News & World Report, incoming PMI Cohort Program Director Eric Dishman discusses data, accessibility and the future of health research.

April 12, 2016
Q&A: Tech expert and cancer survivor to lead U.S. 1-million-person health study
Eric Dishman speaks with ScienceInsider on the perspective he brings as a patient, social scientist and tech industry veteran.

April 11, 2016
Precision medicine helped him beat cancer. Now he’s leading Obama’s initiative
STAT goes in-depth with Eric Dishman, the new director of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

March 2, 2016
The Big Data Quest to Treat Every Disease
Dr. Collins speaks with The Atlantic’s James Hamblin on how genomics and other health information will inform the Precision Medicine Initiative.

February 25, 2016
Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative Is The Ultimate Big-Data Project
Fast Company shares key takeaways from the White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, including the promises of data sharing and the power of participant involvement.

February 25, 2016
Precision Medicine Initiative aims to revolutionize health care
In a story about the White House summit on PMI, Dr. Collins talks to CBS News about how PMI will gather information which will be informative not only on illness, but also on how to keep people in good health.

February 25, 2016
NIH Taking First Steps to Huge Precision Medicine Project
This AP article outlines the first steps taken by NIH to build a one million person cohort study to expand our understanding of ways we can improve health and treat disease.

January 16, 2016
New Guidelines Nudge Doctors to Give Patients Access to Medical Records 
This New York Times article provides an overview of the new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on individuals’ rights under HIPAA to access their health information.


December 27, 2015
Q&A: Francis Collins on high hopes and a mad schedule for precision medicine
Politico features a Precision Medicine Initiative Q&A session with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIH Deputy Director for Science, Outreach and Policy Dr. Kathy Hudson.

December 17, 2015
Precision Medicine Initiative — Ricki’s Pick for Breakthrough of the Year
A post in PLOS’ DNA Science Blog lauded the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative as 2015’s biggest science development.

December 8, 2015
Precision Medicine and FDA — Emerging Cloud Platform in Beta
In a recent post, Eye on FDA gives an overview of PrecisionFDA, a new precision medicine web space for researchers and organizations to conduct genome analysis and discuss results.

November 11, 2015
Privacy principles set for Precision Medicine Initiative
Fierce Health IT provides an overview of PMI privacy and data security principles that were recently announced by the White House.

October 15, 2015
Could precision medicine advance the goals of racial equity?
In a Newsworks article, Dr. Esteban Burchard talks about the importance of diversity and inclusion for the Precision Medicine Initiative.

October 14, 2015
Building the foundation for genomics in precision medicine
Nature features a short series on precision medicine.

October 11, 2015
Precision medicine ideas for VCs and angel investors
In Venture Beat, Dr. Florence Comite writes about how precision medicine will generate changes in teh physician to patient experience, with opportunities for more efficient ways to practice medicine.

September 24, 2015
Precision Medicine: Much More Than Just Genetics
A PLOS Blog explains why the Precision Medicine Initiative cohort program is more than a genomic project.

September 17, 2015
NIH takes next step in Obama’s Precision Medicine plan
Reuters recently published an article outlining NIH’s framework for building the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, which will seek to enroll 1 million or more participants in the largest biomedical research study ever undertaken.

August 27, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Precision Medicine
An article in Popular Science gives a detailed overview of continued efforts to bring precision medicine into standard clinical practice.

July 23, 2015
Patients’ Medical Records May Soon Have Genetic Results
A recent US News and World Report article looked at the eventual inclusion of genetic information in personal medical records and how the direction of the Precision Medicine Initiative will mean greater patient involvement in healthcare decisions.

July 9, 2015
Precision Medicine Initiative Gears Up
An article from Health Data Management reviewed updates on the Precision Medicine Initiative from the White House. Privacy and trust principles were examined and the writer noted the desire to safeguard patient data while also sharing it as freely as possible is a significant challenge for the initiative.

July 9, 2015
Penn diabetes drug study shows promise of personalized medicine
An article from examines how variances in genes can make certain diabetes drugs very effective for some patients, but ineffective and potentially harmful for others. Determining these differences is a major aspect of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

July 7, 2015
Precision Medicine Initiative Gears Up
A recent article in MobiHealth News explained how participants’ mobile technologies, such as smartphones and wearable health data trackers, will be key elements for collecting information for the Precision Medicine Initiative. The article also highlighted NIH’s PMI Feedback blog.

June 26, 2015
From Bench to Bedside: How Precision Medicine is Changing the Future
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins recently gave a presentation at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. In his talk, Dr. Collins highlights how the Precision Medicine Initiative pushes for methods opposite of the one-size-fits-all standard of disease treatment currently in use.

June 23, 2015
Michigan trials take cancer fight to cellular level
The Detroit News recently published an article about efforts spurred by the Precision Medicine Initiative taking place at local hospitals and research laboratories. The article highlights clinical trials that target cancer in a new way. Dr. Barbara Conley of the National Cancer Institute is interviewed for the piece.

June 20, 2015
Planning for US Precision Medicine Initiative underway
An article in The Lancet gives an overview and update about ongoing efforts to implement President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, including details on the proposed 1 million person research cohort.

June 19, 2015
Conquering Cancer: Personalized Medicine is the Future
The Huffington Post looks at the Precision Medicine Initiative through the lens of treating cancer. This blog post details how precision medicine focuses on treating each patient based on their genetic makeup and specific mutations in their body.

June 11, 2015
Driving Innovation in Health Systems through an Apps-Based Information Economy
A recent commentary in Cell Systems examined how modern-day software applications will help put the Precision Medicine Initiative into practice.

June 1, 2015
Cancer trials are changing. That could mean faster access to better drugs
The Washington Post examines a new model of cancer research, which focuses on precision medicine. Instead of finding drugs to treat cancers in specific organs, new trials seek to group patients together based on similar genetic mutations, regardless of cancer location.

June 1, 2015
A new way to study cancer and its treatments
This article in the Washington Post details how the NCI-MATCH research study is a prime example of a shift toward precision medicine. The trial is designed to be more efficient, faster and better able to match drugs with patients that are most likely to benefit from them.

May 20, 2015
The history of medicine will seem blunt and random compared to what’s coming next
Dr. Eric Green, director of NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, gives five reasons we’re at a turning point with precision medicine and provides an overview of the Precision Medicine Initiative for this article in Business Insider.

May 14, 2015
U.S. Introduces New DNA Standard for Ensuring Accuracy of Genetic Tests
The New York Times reports on recently released genetic testing standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As the Precision Medicine Initiative gains momentum, standards in genetic testing are vital to ensure accurate diagnoses across varying laboratories and testing methods.

May 13, 2015
How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs
An article by Reuters examines how pharmaceutical companies are using genome sequencing data to rapidly find new targets for drugs and therapies.

May 11, 2015
Want Precision Medicine? Share Your Data
Kathy Giusti, member of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group, writes a commentary in Forbes noting the need for a cultural shift to enable universal open data sharing in order to realize the full potential of precision medicine.

April 30, 2015
The Precision Medicine Initiative: A New National Effort
In a viewpoint commentary in JAMA, Dr. Euan Ashley outlines the need for a national effort on precision medicine.

April 29, 2015
Personalized medicine: Time for one-person trials
A commentary in Nature examines a new way of carrying out clinical trials through the lens of precision medicine.

April 28, 2015
Precision Medicine: Working Toward Custom-Fitted Cures
U.S. News and World Report examines how the Precision Medicine Initiative could fundamentally change the way we practice medicine and treat disease.

April 14, 2015
Michigan Child Trials Target Genetic Roots of Cancers
The Detroit News reports on how researchers at a Michigan children’s hospital are using precision medicine to develop treatments for pediatric cancers.

April 8, 2015
It Takes Two to Tango: Combine Diagnostics and Drugs for Precision Medicine
In a Forbes commentary, Reenita Das writes about advancing precision medicine through companion diagnostics.

April 8, 2015
Your Genes May be Key in Cancer Fight
The Detroit Free Press reports on a Michigan man that is cancer free thanks to a repurposed drug that stopped the progression of his disease.

March 31, 2015
NIH's Collins on Changing the Future of Medicine – Video
Medscape’s editor-in-chief Dr. Eric Topol interviews NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins about NIH’s role in President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

March 6, 2015
NIH Director Sees Solving Data Puzzle as Key to U.S. Precision Medicine
In a Reuters interview, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses how the Precision Medicine Initiative will tackle piecing together data from existing studies and differing medical records.

February 25, 2015
Interview with Dr. Francis Collins on What to Expect from the Recently Announced Precision Medicine Initiative – Audio
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins previews early steps in the Precision Medicine Initiative in an audio interview with Stephen Morrissey, managing editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.

February 20, 2015
NIH Plots Million-Person Megastudy
Science reports on the first Precision Medicine Initiative workshop, convened to set the course for NIH’s efforts in precision medicine, including building a long-term research study of over 1 million Americans.

January 30, 2015
A Push to Use the Human Genome to Make Medicine More Precise – Video
PBS News previews President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and reporter Miles O’Brien discusses the potential of precision medicine with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.

January 21, 2015
What is President Obama’s ‘Precision Medicine’ Plan, and How Might it Help You?
The Washington Post writes about the definition of precision medicine, how it may impact your health and what the government’s role will be through the Precision Medicine Initiative.


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