Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., Director of Research Strategy, Associate Director, Precision Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Hook-Barnard co-directs the UCSF Precision Medicine Platform Committee, which aims to conceptualize and build precision medicine as a central overarching institutional vision at UCSF. She helped launch and also serves as Executive Director for the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). She works with scientific experts and leaders from across academia, industry, and government sectors to identify and frame scientific opportunities, strategic partnerships, technical feasibility, and organizational challenges. Formerly a senior program officer with the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), Dr. Hook-Barnard directed the study, Toward Precision Medicine: Building a Knowledge Network for Biomedical Research and a New Taxonomy of Disease (2011). She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and earned her PhD in Microbiology-Medicine at University of Missouri.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2019 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: To even more effectively push towards creating benefit for broader public health, precision medicine has to reach beyond disease identification and treatment and should aim for innovative disease prevention. As a critical element on the path towards this goal, precision medicine must incorporate data from various sources including environmental factors as well as social determinants of health. Besides the actual acquisition of this data, new technologies are required to dynamically integrate and analyze such type of information. All of these aspects will be the focus of this session.

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