Clinical OMICS

NOV-DEC 2018

Healthcare magazine for research scientists, labs, pathologists, hospitals, cancer centers, physicians and biopharma companies providing news articles, expert interviews and videos about molecular diagnostics in precision medicine

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44 Clinical OMICs November/December 2018 T he Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) Precision Health Meeting came together in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla in early September. A spin off of the technology-focused AGBT meeting traditionally held in February, the smaller precision health conference is largely attended by researchers and clinicians working on the frontlines of genomic and precision medicine. The meeting is unique, in large part because of the field that it represents. Developments at the interface of genom- ics, medicine, and health are generating genomic and phe- notypic information at a pace that scientists and clinicians in the field struggle to keep pace with. The impression given by the people in the field is that organizing and sharing the newly generated data is a lot like chasing a ball rolling down a steep hill. The list of speakers was a who's who in the world of clinical genomics, including Marc Williams, M.D., from the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute, who gave an over- view of Geisinger Health and how it is revolutionizing precision medicine in healthcare. Similarly, Robert Green, M.D., from Harvard Medical School and The Broad Institute talked about the MedSeq and BabySeq programs and what his team has learned about the line where genomic sequenc- ing and public perception meet. Also, Stephen Kingsmore, M.D., wowed the room with the near miraculous diagnos- tics provided in less than 24 hours at the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine. Mixed in with the big names and their stories that have become virtually synonymous with precision medicine, were talks from researchers making some of their early con- tributions to the field in emerging areas of precision health. These stories, which we highlight here, are the future of pre- In Addition to Success Stories, Attendees Learn About Emerging Areas of Precision Health By Julianna LeMieux, Ph.D. AGBT Precision Health Roundup

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