“Speaking of Science” at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) presents a conversation with Dr. Charis Eng, the founder of the Genomic Medicine Institute, about advances in personalized medicine. As the mental health field strives to offer patients personalized treatment for mental disorders, the institute’s goal is to be able to develop genetic markers for mental illnesses that could be used to screen for risk and guide treatment.
For a model, the institute looks to fields like cancer genomics, which has achieved an understanding in personalized genomic medicine. Thanks to genetic screening, it is now possible to know a person’s odds of developing cancer. It is now possible to preemptively strike or perform clinical screening before cancer starts. Cancer genetics and genomics research fulfill the saying that “Knowledge is Power” in empowering everyone to promote both their own and their families’ health and well-being.
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