Collins' Cohort: The Path from The Human Genome Project to the Precision Medicine Initiative

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 5:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
CSSD’s Precision Medicine working group presents James Tabery, Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatriacs, Internal Medicine, and Philosophy, University of Utah, on "Collins' Cohort: The Path from The Human Genome Project to the Precision Medicine Initiative" on September 15th, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at 754 Schermerhorn Extension.
When President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative in his 2015 State of the Union address, the plan to recruit a cohort of 1,000,000 or more American volunteers to provide biological, environmental, and health information over an extended period of time made headlines because of its ambitious scope and exciting medical promise. The idea, however, was not a new one. As the Human Genome Project was wrapping up in 2003, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute sought to set the NIH off on another bold genetic initiative—to create a large, longitudinal, national cohort that would allow for examining the genetic and environmental contributions to health and disease. The path from that initial idea in 2003 to the public announcement at the State of the Union address in 2015 is a story of technological advances, logistical challenges, ethical dilemmas, and political hurdles. That historical legacy also reveals a great deal about what we can expect (and not expect) from the Precision Medicine Initiative.
The event is free and open to the public. Columbia University is committed to creating an environment that includes and welcomes people with disabilities. If you need accommodations because of a disability, please email Liz Bowen, at, at least two weeks in advance.