Led by Indiana University School of Medicine, the Precision Health Initiative is IU’s big health care solution, aimed at preventing and curing diseases through a more precise understanding of the genetic, behavioral and environmental factors that influence a person’s health.
The $120 million IU Precision Health Initiative launched in June 2016 as the inaugural recipient of IU’s Grand Challenges program, with bold goals to cure one cancer and one childhood disease and to prevent one chronic illness and one neurodegenerative disease. The initiative also aims to transform biomedical research and education at IU through the hiring of more than 35 new faculty, the growth of research facilities and cores, and the creation of new training opportunities in precision health.
The multi-disciplinary team of researchers and clinicians that make up the IU Precision Health Initiative spans faculty expertise across IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington and IUPUI. The initiative is led by its Principal Investigator Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, IU School of Medicine executive associate dean for research affairs and IU associate vice president for research and clinical affairs.