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Personalized Medicine Topic of UCR Conference


Personalized Medicine Discussed at UCR-Hosted Scientific Conference

January 9-10 meeting draws 100 researchers in regenerative medicine, inflammation and wound healing

(January 12, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Leading scientists in regenerative medicine, inflammation and wound healing gathered in Riverside Jan. 9-10 to share research that will underpin advances in personalized medicine, a promising approach that offers customized medical care based on individual patients' unique genetic variations.

Organized by Manuela Martins-Green, UCR professor of cell biology, and Yoram Vodovotz, professor in the University of Pittsburgh department of surgery, the conference drew about 100 researchers.

Chancellor Timothy P. White opened the meeting, addressing the potential of personalized medicine to improve the understanding of disease processes and the treatment of individual patients. “Don’t underestimate the importance of your work for humanity,” White said.

The goal of the conference, titled “New Approaches to Personalized Medicine: Inflammation, Healing, and Regeneration as Prototypes,” was for both basic and clinical scientists to share “systems biology” techniques for better understanding the complex biological processes of inflammation, healing and regeneration which occur in many diseases. The emerging field of systems biology attempts to integrate molecular-level understanding into knowledge about the biological systems as a whole.

Personalized medicine uses technologies in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, coupled with more traditional clinical diagnosis, to address medical problems in individual patients rather than population groups. Such individualized medicine is an emerging trend – its goal is for medical care to not only be personalized, but also predictive, preventive and participatory, so-called P4 medicine™.

“This workshop was intended as an early step to move this revolutionary approach in medicine to the front lines of biomedical research at UCR,” said Martins-Green. “Our current faculty, together with the new faculty that will come with the School of Medicine, can be leaders in developing and advancing personalized medicine.”

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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