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Cancer Mortality Rates See 20% Drop, but Disparities Remain

by Thomas Beaton

Cancer mortality rates have decreased nationally by more than 20 percent since 1980, yet local “hotspots” of disparities remain in certain communities, says an article published in JAMA this month. After reviewing more than 19.5 million...

Gates Foundation Grants $279M to UW Population Health Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to invest $279 million in the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) to build on the school’s population health management research efforts....

PCORI Offers $200M in Grants for Patient-Centered Research

by Thomas Beaton

Patient-centered research projects are getting a significant financial boost early in the year thanks to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has allocated a total of $200 million for research proposals that compare...

AMIA Advises PCORI on Sharing Big Data for Health Research

by Thomas Beaton

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has suggested that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) should adopt new policies that focus on expanding grant opportunities and funding data collection efforts to improve...

Precision Medicine Benefits Pediatric Cancer Care, Study Says

by Thomas Beaton

Investigators at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center found that precision medicine can be used to diagnose genetic abnormalities and properly treat patients with pediatric brain cancers. By testing tumor samples,...

Northwell Health Launches Precision Medicine, Cancer Biobank

by Thomas Beaton

Northwell Health and Indivumed are creating a new patient biobank to help expand opportunities for cancer research and the development of precision medicine therapies. In the three-year agreement announced in a press release this week, Northwell...

Cancer Research Orgs Release Big Data for Precision Medicine

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is releasing more than 19,000 de-identified genomic records to further the international research community’s explorations into precision medicine.  The big data dump, which includes...

New Geisinger Med School Has Population Health, Genomics Focus

by Thomas Beaton

To ring in the New Year, Geisinger Health System CEO Dr. David T. Feinberg announced the opening of The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA, at 12:01 AM. The school debuts with programs that focus on improving community...

Research Collaboration to Use Big Data for Diabetes Prevention

by Thomas Beaton

In an effort to improve the treatment and understanding of type 2 diabetes in various patient populations, a new collaboration between the Indiana Bioscience Research Institute (IBRI), Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diagnostics, the Regenstrief...

Precision Medicine, Big Data Partnerships Will Enhance Treatment

by Jennifer Bresnick

The calendar year may be coming to its end, but the nation’s work on precision medicine is just getting started.  Spurred on by the continuing development of big data analytics techniques and pepped up by the landslide passage of the...

Penn Precision Medicine Accelerator Doles Out $525K in Grants

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Penn Center for Precision Medicine (PCMP) Accelerator Fund has divided $525,000 between eight promising personalized medicine projects addressing topics such as neurodegenerative diseases, infection control, cancer, and genetic variants....

PCORI to Spend $42M on Patient-Centered Comparative Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is living up to its name by approving $42 million in funding to support 19 new studies focusing on comparing the effectiveness of different treatments for patient care. "We are pleased...

FDA Eager for Precision Medicine Under 21st Century Cures Act

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FDA is ready and willing to get started on the precision medicine and drug innovation opportunities created by the 21st Century Cures Act, FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, said in a blog post. The legislation, signed into law by President...

21st Century Cures Act Clears Senate Hurdle on the Way to Vote

by Jennifer Bresnick

UPDATE: The Senate has passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a Wednesday afternoon vote with a 94-5 margin.  The legislation will now await President Obama's signature. Senators are finished debating the long, tangled list of provisions...

Two Cancer Research Centers Form Personalized Medicine Alliance

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the independent City of Hope cancer and diabetes center have announced a new research alliance aimed at accelerating the development of personalized medicine and precision therapies for...

“Big Data Spokes” Tackle Population Health with IoT, Informatics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Using $10 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation, four regional consortia of academic institutions across the nation will utilize big data analytics, informatics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT)...

21st Century Cures Act Passes House, but Faces Senate Critics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The 21st Century Cures Act passed a House vote by a wide margin Wednesday, and will head to the Senate for what may be a bit of a difficult fight to the President’s desk.  The bill, which provides the possibility of around $5 billion...

21st Century Cures Act for Precision Medicine Set for House Vote

by Jennifer Bresnick

Lawmakers anticipating a tough landscape for innovation funding under a new Republican administration are doing their best to push a revamped version of the 21st Century Cures Act through the current Congress, and will bring the $6.3 billion...

Mount Sinai Uses Machine Learning for Heart Imaging Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations are quickly pushing forward with the development of machine learning algorithms to tackle one of the toughest problems in big data: extracting and analyzing information from static images. In a study published this week...

Clinical Analytics Studies, Partnerships Target Personalized Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Personalization isn’t just for online advertisements and shopping suggestions.  It is becoming a primary driver of healthcare innovations, too.  From tailored therapies based on precision medicine techniques to individualized...

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