Take It Personally

How decoding your genes might unlock the future of health care.

January 2016

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There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling like the treatment or medication your doctor prescribed isn’t working. Maybe you’re getting all the side effects with none of the benefits, or maybe it’s the sixth therapy you’ve tried to no avail. Whatever the reason, you’re left wondering if there’s a better way.

Good news: There is.

Or at least there will be, according to the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine, a partnership between UCHealth, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Established in 2014, the center pulls together disciplines and institutions across the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to uncover advancements in genetics that can improve diagnoses and develop medical solutions that are tailored to individuals—all of which rejects the one-size-fits-all mentality so prevalent in treating diseases today. 

The burgeoning field of personalized medicine is peppered with technical terminology that can make the science feel anything but personal. Yet the implications are significant—so much so that President Barack Obama carved out $215 million in his 2016 budget request to solicit voluntary genetic data from the public and further drive this type of research. We talked to key players in Colorado’s movement to learn how it works, what it looks like, who’s behind it, who has access, and what the future holds for finally making your health all about you.


PAGE 1What Does Personalized Medicine Look Like?

PAGE 2: How Does it Work?

PAGE 3: What are the Tools?

PAGE 4: What's the Scope?

PAGE 5: Who has Access?

PAGE 6: What's Next?

PAGE :7 But is it Safe?