Six Ways to Implement Precision Medicine Right Now
With the advent of personalized medicine — or precision medicine as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) calls it — a patient may be able to receive treatment that is more efficacious for him or her as an individual, often based on genetics or other personal characteristics. But the science is still emerging. “You can’t put brain cells in a Petri dish,” said Pamela Sklar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “But now that genetic risk factors are being revealed for schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder, treatments can be designed to address those genetic issues,” said Dr. Sklar.
-Dr. Pamela Sklar, Professor, Psychiatry, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai