Atul Butte talking to an attendee at the 2019 Precision Medicine World Conference

At UC San Francisco, precision medicine is central to our overarching institutional vision. Precision medicine aims to collect, connect and apply vast amounts of scientific research data and information about our health – from the basic molecular understanding of disease to clinical, environmental, psychosocial and mobile lifestyle data – to understand why individuals respond differently to treatments and help guide more precise and predictive medicine and health worldwide.

UCSF investigators have played key roles in establishing the precision medicine concept. These include helping to lead the 2011 National Academy of Sciences committee that envisioned and named precision medicine, and to develop President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, announced at the 2015 State of the Union address. 

UCSF also is hosting the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine, launched in 2015 in collaboration with Governor Jerry Brown  to support precision medicine research projects that capitalize on the state’s intellectual resources, entrepreneurial spirit and broad demographics to produce real-world solutions.