UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine

UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine utilizes the most powerful technologies and disciplines to research increasingly precise treatments for individual and population health.

The Center for Precision Medicine & Data Sciences will unite UC Davis’ breadth of expertise to make individual and population health more proactive, predictive and precise, empower individuals and communities as partners in their own wellness, and train the next generation of data-fluent health professionals. Leveraging the powerful resources and proven collaborations among our comprehensive healt

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5 Ways To Demonstrate Allyship During Disability Pride Month and Beyond 07/16/2021

5 Ways To Demonstrate Allyship During Disability Pride Month and Beyond

July is Disability Pride Month. Learn how to become a better ally and show support for the disabled community: https://www.wellandgood.com/disability-allyship/

5 Ways To Demonstrate Allyship During Disability Pride Month and Beyond 1. Disability isn't a dirty word.

Artificial Intelligence Could Be New Blueprint for Precision Drug Discovery 07/14/2021

Artificial Intelligence Could Be New Blueprint for Precision Drug Discovery

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine use machine learning to first look for disease targets then predict if a specific drug is likely to receive FDA approval. This method could be used for precision drug discovery: https://www.newswise.com/articles/artificial-intelligence-could-be-new-blueprint-for-precision-drug-discovery

Artificial Intelligence Could Be New Blueprint for Precision Drug Discovery Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe a new approach that uses machine learning to hunt for disease targets and then pre

07/09/2021

We hope you'll join us in two weeks for what is sure to be an engaging discussion on the potential for precision nutrition. Save the date for the next Team Science Townhall featuring Dr. Fred Meyers, Director of the Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences and Dr. Francene Steinberg, Professor and Chair of the UC Davis Nutrition Department.

We hope you'll join us in two weeks for what is sure to be an engaging discussion on the potential for precision nutrition. Save the date for the next Team Science Townhall featuring Dr. Fred Meyers, Director of the Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences and Dr. Francene Steinberg, Professor and Chair of the UC Davis Nutrition Department.

How to Reduce Obesity among Latino Children, with Precision 07/08/2021

How to Reduce Obesity among Latino Children, with Precision

UC San Diego and community collaborators have received $3 mil to develop a community-centered precision medicine approach to reduce adverse childhood events that lead to childhood obesity: https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2021-07-07-how-to-reduce-obesity-among-latino-children-with-precision.aspx

How to Reduce Obesity among Latino Children, with Precision Researchers at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute have received $3 million to create a precision, community-based program to address specific health problems related to adverse childhood experiences that contribute to childhood obesity among Latinos.

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning: What’s the Difference? 07/06/2021

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning: What’s the Difference?

Is it artificial intelligence, machine learning or deep learning? Here's an explainer about the difference between these popular tech buzzwords: https://builtin.com/artificial-intelligence/ai-vs-machine-learning

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning: What’s the Difference? Some people use these popular tech buzzwords interchangeably. Here’s why they’re wrong.

07/04/2021

Wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Designer fibre meals sway human gut microbes 07/02/2021

Designer fibre meals sway human gut microbes

A new study published in Nature looked at the effect of fiber meals on human gut microbes. Understanding how diet affects gut microbes and influences human health might lead to targeted dietary interventions: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01601-y

Designer fibre meals sway human gut microbes Clinical trial indicates how diet influences microbes and human health.

VIDEO: NIH platform will help guide precision nutrition research 06/30/2021

VIDEO: NIH platform will help guide precision nutrition research

Researchers are using the NIH's All of Us Research Program to advance efforts to individualize health care through projects such as the Nutrition for Precision Health project. The goal for precision nutrition is individualized and actionable dietary advice for an individual such as what to eat and when so they can improve their health and quality of life. This video discusses more about the program and goals: https://www.healio.com/news/primary-care/20210614/video-nih-platform-will-help-guide-precision-nutrition-research

VIDEO: NIH platform will help guide precision nutrition research Researchers are using the NIH’s All of Us Research Program to advance efforts to individualize health care in the United States.

RECoDE Partners Launch the 2021 National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health - data.org 06/28/2021

RECoDE Partners Launch the 2021 National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health - data.org

Data.org recently launched the Rising Equitable Community Data Ecosystems (RECoDE) project, which is a collaboration with Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), Health Leads, and the National Alliance Against Disparities in Patient Health. "The purpose of this initiative is to support the development and evolution of community data ecosystems with an equity-first lens to understand how to enable effective and meaningful data sharing to strengthen public health systems, expand access to critical social benefits, and improve population health": https://www.data.org/recode-partners-launch-2021-data-sharing-survey/

RECoDE Partners Launch the 2021 National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health - data.org Do you share health, social services, or other community information with partners? Help us better understand how we can help you by participating in this 15-minute survey.

Feeding America® and Anthem Foundation Expand 'Food is Medicine' Program 06/25/2021

Feeding America® and Anthem Foundation Expand 'Food is Medicine' Program

Feeding America announced a $1 mil grant from the Anthem Foundation to expand the 'Food is Medicine' program. The program funding will support 14 Feeding America member food banks working with health care partners to screen patients for food insecurity during outpatient visits. Patients who screen positive for food insecurity are connected to food assistance resources onsite at the health care facility and at community-based food pantries and meal programs: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/feeding-america-and-anthem-foundation-expand-food-is-medicine-program-301318329.html

Feeding America® and Anthem Foundation Expand 'Food is Medicine' Program /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, announced a $1 million grant from the Anthem Foundation, the...

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center awarded 5-year grant renewal from NIH 06/23/2021

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center awarded 5-year grant renewal from NIH

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center was awarded a 5-year grant renewal from NIH. The $32.7 million award will provide critical funding to allow the CTSC to continue essential services to our research community: https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/insideout/uc-davis-clinical-translational-science-center-awarded-5-year-grant-renewal-from-nih/2021/05

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center awarded 5-year grant renewal from NIH The Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC) received notice of its third NIH award renewal. The 5-year award, almost $33 million, provides critical funding to continue CTSC’s essential services for the UC Davis research community.

Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots 06/17/2021

Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots

A team of biologists and computer scientists at Tufts have created Xenobots 2.0, life forms that can self-assemble a body from single cells, don't need muscles to move and demonstrate the ability to record memory. These tiny biological robots could potentially carry out useful tasks in the environment or be used in therapeutic applications: https://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/scientists-create-next-generation-living-robots

Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots Last year, a team of biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and the University of Vermont (UVM) created novel, tiny self-healing biological machines from frog cells called “Xenobots” that could move around, push a payload, and even exhibit collective behavior in the presence of...

Executive Chef Santana Diaz to lead 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner 06/14/2021

Executive Chef Santana Diaz to lead 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner

Congratulations to our partner in good food and good health, Executive Chef Santana Diaz, on being chosen to lead the 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner. We're excited to see what you cook up! https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/newsroom/executive-chef-santana-diaz-to-lead-2021-tower-bridge-dinner/2021/06

Executive Chef Santana Diaz to lead 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner Visit Sacramento has named UC Davis Health’s executive chef, Santana Diaz, to lead this year’s Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner.

Rapid whole genome sequencing leads to better outcomes for babies, lower medical costs 06/11/2021

Rapid whole genome sequencing leads to better outcomes for babies, lower medical costs

Precision genomics can provide real-world clinical quality improvement. Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS) can be used as a clinical decision making tool to provide targeted, personalized care and reduce costly procedures that are not needed: https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/contenthub/rapid-whole-genome-sequencing-leads-to-better-outcomes-for-babies-lower-medical-costs/2021/06

Rapid whole genome sequencing leads to better outcomes for babies, lower medical costs A study published today outlined the success of Project Baby Bear, a real-world quality improvement program designed to test the clinical and economic value of using rapid Whole Genome Sequencing to diagnose and guide treatment for infants with unexplained rare disease.

The Five Ways To Build Machine Learning Models 06/09/2021

The Five Ways To Build Machine Learning Models

The five ways to build machine learning models: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2021/05/30/the-five-ways-to-build-machine-learning-models/?sh=43349f9d11a8

The Five Ways To Build Machine Learning Models Machine learning systems are core to enabling each of these seven patterns of AI.

‎The Nourished Child: How Children’s Preference in Food Begins on Apple Podcasts 06/07/2021

‎The Nourished Child: How Children’s Preference in Food Begins on Apple Podcasts

Have you ever wondered how kids develop a preference for one food over another? On this podcast, Dr. Julie Mennella explains how children’s preference in food develops, evolves and influences eating choices and health. Her research is focused on understanding individual variation in taste and flavor perception and how to measure it, paving the way to tailor medicines and dietary interventions to maximize outcomes in pediatric populations: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/how-childrens-preference-in-food-begins/id1149940384?i=1000521560384

‎The Nourished Child: How Children’s Preference in Food Begins on Apple Podcasts ‎Show The Nourished Child, Ep How Children’s Preference in Food Begins - May 13, 2021

Exploring the Use of Omics to Eliminate S*x and Gender Differences in COPD - Pulmonology Advisor 06/04/2021

Exploring the Use of Omics to Eliminate S*x and Gender Differences in COPD - Pulmonology Advisor

We've come a long way in understanding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the past few decades. COPD encompasses a range of clinical phenotypes but novel, precision medicine therapies tailored to patient groups have lagged behind. Biomarker-based targeted treatment strategies for COPD would benefit from the use of "omics" but observed s*x and gender differences must also be recognized: https://www.pulmonologyadvisor.com/home/topics/copd/exploring-the-use-of-omics-to-eliminate-s*x-and-gender-differences-in-copd/

Exploring the Use of Omics to Eliminate S*x and Gender Differences in COPD - Pulmonology Advisor The exploration of biomarker-based targeted treatment strategies for COPD would benefit exponentially from the use of large-scale Omics.

Outreach Campaign Helps 70,000 People Apply for SNAP 06/02/2021

Outreach Campaign Helps 70,000 People Apply for SNAP

Kaiser Permanente’s outreach has helped 70,000 people apply for SNAP, through an innovative texting-based outreach campaign called "Food for Life" that aims to address food insecurity. "The SNAP campaign is one example of how a health system can help put food on the table and money into the community:” https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/community-health/news/outreach-campaign-helps-70k-people-apply-for-snap

Outreach Campaign Helps 70,000 People Apply for SNAP Efforts to expand Food for Life SNAP enrollment program were accelerated during the pandemic to help members afford healthy food.

05/31/2021

Today we honor those who have served.

Today we honor those who have served.

Women are Essential to the Development of AI and Data Science 05/28/2021

Women are Essential to the Development of AI and Data Science

Women are significantly underrepresented in #AI and #Datascience. Recruitment for these roles is just one step. "The emphasis should be on inspiring and recognizing women in the industry, as well as educating women and girls interested in or joining the profession that expertise is not gender-based:" https://www.analyticsinsight.net/women-are-essential-to-the-development-of-ai-and-data-science/

Women are Essential to the Development of AI and Data Science The world of technology offers both women and men a wide variety of opportunities. But we need more women as they are significant for the development of AI and data science.

9 medical pioneers to celebrate for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 05/26/2021

9 medical pioneers to celebrate for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Nine medical pioneers to celebrate for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management-administration/9-medical-pioneers-to-celebrate-for-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month.html #AAPIHeritageMonth

9 medical pioneers to celebrate for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, here are nine exceptional researchers and healthcare professionals who advanced medicine and race relations in the U.S.

BCBSAssociation BrandVoice: 3 Ways Health Insurers Are Tackling The Country’s Maternal Health Crisis 05/25/2021

BCBSAssociation BrandVoice: 3 Ways Health Insurers Are Tackling The Country’s Maternal Health Crisis

Improving pregnancy outcomes in women with diabetes, eliminating #foodinsecurity in mothers and babies and caring for Black mothers' mental health postpartum - these are the ways health insurers are tackling our country's maternal health crisis: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bcbsassociation/2021/05/11/3-ways-health-insurers-are-tackling-the-countrys-maternal-health-crisis/?sh=43938c141920

BCBSAssociation BrandVoice: 3 Ways Health Insurers Are Tackling The Country’s Maternal Health Crisis Women of color face disproportionately high rates of maternal health complications. Health insurers are taking action to reduce these disparities.

05/20/2021

Do fruit and vegetable vouchers in pregnancy improve health outcomes? A new infographic on a pilot prequel to current SPINACH project highlights research by Dr. Hilary Seligman (UCSF) and our precision nutrition manager Dr. Ronit Ridberg. Some outcomes: ↑ food security, ↑ fruit and veg intake, ↓ odds of preterm birth. The full report can be found at https://eatsfvoucher.org/research/. More info about the SPINACH project underway can be found at https://health.ucdavis.edu/precision-medicine/precision-nutrition/Precision-Nutrition-Research.html.

Do fruit and vegetable vouchers in pregnancy improve health outcomes? A new infographic on a pilot prequel to current SPINACH project highlights research by Dr. Hilary Seligman (UCSF) and our precision nutrition manager Dr. Ronit Ridberg. Some outcomes: ↑ food security, ↑ fruit and veg intake, ↓ odds of preterm birth. The full report can be found at https://eatsfvoucher.org/research/. More info about the SPINACH project underway can be found at https://health.ucdavis.edu/precision-medicine/precision-nutrition/Precision-Nutrition-Research.html.

Researchers call for bias-free artificial intelligence | Stanford News 05/19/2021

Researchers call for bias-free artificial intelligence | Stanford News

Two Stanford researchers are calling for efforts to ensure AI tech does not exacerbate health disparities. The matter of bias is important as precision medicine grows. "Personalized medicine...is vulnerable to inequity if AI medical devices cannot adequately account for individuals’ differences.": https://news.stanford.edu/2021/05/14/researchers-call-bias-free-artificial-intelligence/

Researchers call for bias-free artificial intelligence | Stanford News Medical devices employing AI stand to benefit everyone in society, but if left unchecked, the technologies could unintentionally perpetuate s*x, gender and race biases.

The Economic Benefits of Expanding Healthy Food Incentives 05/17/2021

The Economic Benefits of Expanding Healthy Food Incentives

What are the economic benefits of expanding healthy food incentives? Results of the study, directed by precision nutrition manager Ronit Ridberg, PhD, are available in a report and state policy briefs now: https://fairfoodnetwork.org/from-the-field/incentives-impact/ Fair Food Network SPUR

The Economic Benefits of Expanding Healthy Food Incentives For over a decade, healthy food incentive programs have increased the purchasing power of low-income families to buy fruits and vegetables at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Research has long demonstrated that these programs reduce hunger, improve nutrition and support local agriculture and r...

Data science in a post-COVID world 05/14/2021

Data science in a post-COVID world

What will #datascience look like in a post COVID world? Experts predict we will need to adjust data models and establish a new baseline. Data models will require more monitoring, different types of data and new data sources will be needed: https://venturebeat.com/2021/05/01/data-science-in-a-post-covid-world/

Data science in a post-COVID world We can't just go back to our pre-COVID data models once the pandemic is over. We'll need to be continuously monitoring and testing.

Healthcare Orgs Aim to Expand Precision Medicine Research 05/11/2021

Healthcare Orgs Aim to Expand Precision Medicine Research

Geisinger and Shriners Hospital for Children are working to enhance #precisionmedicine and genomics research with new projects this year: https://healthitanalytics.com/news/healthcare-orgs-aim-to-expand-precision-medicine-research

Healthcare Orgs Aim to Expand Precision Medicine Research Geisinger and Shriners Hospitals for Children are working to enhance precision medicine and genomics research.

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The Center for Precision Medicine will unite UC Davis’ breadth of expertise to make individual and population health more proactive, predictive and precise, empower individuals and communities as partners in their own wellness, and train the next generation of data-fluent health professionals. Leveraging the powerful resources and proven collaborations among our comprehensive health system, interdisciplinary data sciences and renowned environmental leadership, we are poised to not only rapidly translate research from bench to bedside and back again, but also to scale it up to the population level. Building upon the premise that our genetic code and zip code are equally informative, this new paradigm will transform individual, community and global health.

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