Six early career investigators presented a snapshot of the future of precision medicine as part of the Individualizing Medicine Conference 2016: Advancing Care Through Genomics. Thanks to generous support from the Brandt Family Scholars Fund, the six had the opportunity to attend the conference Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine hosted in October in Rochester, Minn.
Symposium participants were grateful for the opportunity to present their research, network with colleagues and hear presentations from leaders in the field of precision medicine.
“I am very excited to pursue a career in the microbiome field and its relationship to health and colorectal cancer,” says Vanessa Hale, D.V.M., Ph.D. “I hope that this area of research will advance so that we can conduct personalized microbiome examinations and recommend treatments to help people live the healthiest life possible.”
Highlights from the presenters include:
The young investigators were impressed by the variety of disciplines involved in individualized medicine research.
As Mr. Athreya explains, “The conference enabled me to meet with investigators and learn about the challenges that they are facing in their research and day-to-day clinical practice. It will help me create better data analysis systems for them. None of us can do this alone – we must work together.”
Dr. Boczek adds,” It was such a fantastic opportunity to present my work in front of peers as well as those that I see as leaders in the field and mentors.”
For Dr. Ramsey, the conference confirmed the importance of her research and allowed her to meet mentors in the field.
“I had the chance to hear leading experts say that pharmacogenomics influences every single one of us – that is important for all of the clinicians in the audience to hear and is validation for the work that I am doing,” says Dr. Ramsey.
"I learned a great deal from my fellow presenters and take home that collaboration and multidisciplinary approach to patient care as the way that we are going to make advances in cancer care," says Dr. Gawryletz.
“Precision medicine is a rapidly advancing field and we need to attract investigators who can advance the research to translate individualized medicine into patient care,” says Timothy Curry, M.D., Ph.D., session moderator, director of the Education Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and a clinical anesthesiologist on Mayo Clinic’s campus in Minnesota. “The Early Career Investigators in Precision Medicine symposium was a new session at the conference this year and showcased the breadth of research being conducted in individualized medicine. We are grateful to the Brandt family for their support.”
The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine hosted the Individualizing Medicine conference with support from the Satter Foundation.
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