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2020 Precision Health Virtual Symposium




Join us for a full-day virtual event celebrating and exploring the latest research in the fast-moving, multidisciplinary field of precision health.  This year’s event focuses on the important role of community participants in research and the positive impact research can have on communities. Featuring national and local experts from a variety of precision health disciplines, this event will provide thought-provoking sessions from multiple perspectives.

The morning session is geared toward researchers, with speakers sharing best practices and the importance of engaging a community. The afternoon session, focusing on the impact of research on community, will be appropriate for both research participants and researchers. All are welcome to attend either or both sessions. A virtual poster session at midday will feature work by funded Precision Health investigators and other invited research groups.



Morning Session: Lessons Learned with Precision Health Data

8:45-9:00 – Welcome and introduction

9:00-10:00 (includes Q&A) – “How BioVU has used community engagement in its development and growth”

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Cox, PhD, Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics, Director of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Director of the Division of Genetic Medicine, Vanderbilt University

10:00-10:05 – Break

10:05-10:25– “Leveraging the Michigan Genomics Initiative to define the genetics of fibromuscular dysplasia and spontaneous coronary artery dissection”

Santhi Ganesh, MD, Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Human Genetics; Director of the Michigan Biological Research Initiative on Sex Differences, University of Michigan

10:25-10:45 – “Precision Health in the perioperative period: Lessons learned integrating MGI into the operating room”

Nicholas Douville, MD, PhD, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan

10:45-11:00 – Speaker Q&A panel

11:00-11:10 – Break

Lunch and Poster Session

11:10-noonVirtual poster session

Afternoon Session: How Precision Health Data Impacts Health

noon-12:50 – “Engaging patient and participant communities in precision health research”

Keynote Speakers: Bray Patrick-Lake, MFS, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Evidation Health, Inc.
Elizabeth Cohn, RN, PhD, Associate Provost for Research, Rudin Professor of Nursing, Hunter College City University of New York

12:50-1:10 – “Precision Health at the University of Michigan’s Opioid Use Case”

Chad Brummett, MD, Co-Investigator, Precision Opioid Prescribing Use Case; Director of the Division of Pain Research, Director of Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan

1:10-1:30 – The PROMPT Precision Health Study: enhancing mental health care through mobile technology

Amy Bohnert, PhD, MHS, Co-Investigator, PROMPT Precision Health Study; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

1:30-1:50 – Panel discussion

1:50-1:55 – Break

1:55-2:55 (includes Q&A) – “Precision health: One size does not fit all. Improving health outcomes that are unique to you and your family”

Jessica Virzi, MSN, CSSBB, Clinical Informaticist, Precision Health at the University of Michigan; Amy Pasternak, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist, Michigan Medicine; Erkin Otles, M.Eng, Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow, University of Michigan

2:55-3:00 – Closing