This page provides links to useful background information about precision medicine at UCSF and beyond, as well as fact sheets and downloadable visual resources for media. 

Recent UCSF Reports & Publications

Precision Public Health Summit Report
The report, is a product of the Precision Public Health Summit, held in June 2016. (Download PDF)

Making Precision Medicine Socially Precise. Take a Deep Breath
Sam Oh, PhD, MS; Marquitta White, PhD, MS; Christopher Gignoux, PhD, MS; Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine , Feb. 15, 2016 (View Report)

Precision Medicine: Beyond the Inflection Point
Sam Hawgood, MBBS; India Hook-Barnard, PhD; Theresa O’Brien, PhD; Keith Yamamoto, PhD
Science Translational Medicine, Aug. 15, 2015 (Download PDF)

Toward Precision Medicine: Building a Knowledge Network for Biomedical Research and a New Taxonomy of Disease
National Academies Press, 2011
The report, co-chaired by Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, then-Chancellor of UCSF, laid out the vision and roadmap to achieve precision medicine. (View Report

Background Information About Precision Medicine

The White House's Precision Medicine Initiative
https://www.whitehouse.gov/precision-medicine
Outlines the Precision Medicine Initiative proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union address on January 30, 2015. Includes a description of the initiative, information about the privacy principles being developed, patient stories, and a link to a fact sheet about the initiative.

California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine
https://www.ciapm.org
In April 2015, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the launch of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). Hosted by UCSF, this partnership between the state, the University of California, and other public and private entities will help build the infrastructure and assemble the resources necessary to advance precision medicine-oriented data, tools and applications.

UCSF’s Precision Medicine Fact Sheet
(Download PDF)

National Reports and Workshops

NASEM Understanding Disparities in Access to Genomics Medicine - A Workshop: Recorded webcast may be found here. On June 27, 2018, the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health will hosted a public workshop to examine the gaps in knowledge related to access to genomic medicine and discuss health care disparities and possible approaches to overcoming differential use of genomic medicine across populations. Workshop topics included research on access to genetics and genomics services in medically underserved areas, model programs of care for diverse patient populations, and current challenges and possible best practices for alleviating health care disparities as they relate to genomics-based approaches. The workshop convened diverse stakeholders, which may include community/public health researchers, clinicians, users of health care systems, payers, bioethicists, and policy makers to present their perspectives and participate in workshop discussions.

NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science - As articulated in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Wide Strategic Plan1 and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Strategic Plan,2 our nation and the world stand at a unique moment of opportunity in biomedical research, and data science is an integral contributor. Understanding basic biological mechanisms through NIH-funded research depends upon vast amounts of data and has propelled biomedicine into the sphere of “Big Data” along with other sectors of the national and global economies. Reflecting today’s highly integrated biomedical research landscape, NIH defines data science as “the interdisciplinary field of inquiry in which quantitative and analytical approaches, processes, and systems are developed and used to extract knowledge and insights from increasingly large and/or complex sets of data.” June 4, 2018.