The Precision Health Initiative (PHI) is IU’s big health care solution, aimed at preventing and curing diseases through a more precise understanding of the genetic, behavioral and environmental factors that influence a person’s health.
The $120 million IU Precision Health Initiative launched in June 2016 as the inaugural recipient of IU’s Grand Challenges program, with bold goals to cure one cancer and one childhood disease and to prevent one chronic illness and one neurodegenerative disease.
Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. Precision medicine’s goal is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best.
We all want to live long and healthy lives. People who do health research are helping researchers learn better ways to keep us healthy. And they are discovering new medicines and treatments for when we do get sick.