University of Colorado Invests Big in a Personalized Medicine Center

Ellen Smith received a death sentence for her advanced lung cancer five years ago, but it was commuted by a revolution in human genetics, drug therapies and clinical approaches unfolding at the University of Colorado Hospital.

The advances have saved her life, by her reckoning, four times.

The accelerating speed of DNA sequencing, drug development and data analysis has led UCHealth, the University of Colorado Medical School and Children's Hospital Colorado to join in an effort to fundamentally change the way they care for patients.

The partnership will invest more than $63 million over the next five years to create a new division, adding clinicians, genetic counselors, researchers and advanced practice nurses — and also expanding a DNA bank and advanced data warehouse. It's called the Center for Personalized Medicine and Biomedical Informatics.

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Source: The Denver Post