Boston Area Hospitals Chosen for NIH Precision Medicine Initiative

On October 13, 2016, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced that three New England Council members, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston University School of Medicine, along with Boston Medical Center (BMC), will implement the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. The goal of the program is to develop methods to prevent and treat diseases on an individual basis determined by studying the lifestyle, genetics, and environment of that individual.

The four medical centers, referred to as the New England Precision Medicine Consortium, will receive $5.5 million in initial funding from NIH to find volunteers for the program, collect their health information, and provide input on the development of plans. NIH has set a target of enrolling 1 million individuals in the program in order to provide long-term research.

“We want this program to be open to everyone across the United States,” said Eric Dishman, director of the PMI Cohort Program. “These additional health care provider organizations will help us in our efforts to reach communities that have been underrepresented in research. By contributing their information, these communities will help people and their health care providers identify the right prevention strategies or treatments. With the PMI Cohort Program, we’re making a concerted effort to include people from all communities and walks of life, to make sure that the knowledge we gain benefits everyone.”

The New England Council congratulates MGH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, BU School of Medicine and BMC for being selected to participate in the next innovation in medicine and healthcare. Read more about the program on NIH’s website, The Boston Globe, and press releases from Partners Healthcare and BU School of Medicine.

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