Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture

Social Difference

Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities are uniquely positioned to address. As part of its overall Precision Medicine Initiative, Columbia is initiating a broad based exploration of questions that precision medicine raises in law, ethics, the social sciences, and the humanities, which we believe will establish the university as the center for scholarship relating to precision medicine and society. Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture will be the first of its kind to bring Columbia faculty from the humanities, social sciences, law, and medicine into dialogue with leading scholars from the United States and abroad to discuss how humanistic questions might enhance our understanding of the ethical, social, legal, and political implications of precision medicine research, and to inform humanists about evidence, evaluation, and research outcomes from serious interdisciplinary engagement with this emerging medical field.