Personalizing Medicine For You


Our health is determined by many factors, among them: the genetics we inherit; our race, age and gender; our lifestyle; and our socioeconomic environment. These factors differ for everyone and change over our lifespan. Also unique to everyone is their experience with disease and how they respond to prescription drugs or other medical therapies.

Personalized medicine is the use of genomic information – in addition to family history, lifestyle, and environmental factors – to customize health management. By combining genomic and clinical information, more accurate predictions can be made about a person's susceptibility of developing disease, the course of disease, and response to treatment.

When your genetic information informs your increased risk for a disease and you make lifestyle changes to reduce that risk, personalized medicine has revealed itself. If you have a gene variation that influences how you process a medication and your physician prescribes dosing instructions accordingly, your medical care is now safer, well-timed, accurate, and more cost-effective for you and our healthcare system.

Personalized medicine has the potential to offer patients and their doctors several advantages, including:

  • The ability to make better informed clinical decisions
  • A higher probability of improved health outcomes via better-targeted therapies
  • A lower probability of adverse reactions from medications and treatments
  • A focus on prevention and prediction of disease for earlier disease intervention
  • Reduced healthcare costs

Personalized medicine is a relatively new field, and outcomes research and evidence-based literature is important to its integration into healthcare delivery. The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC) research study is contributing to both: CPMC study participants regularly complete follow-up questionnaires that explore how they are using the information they receive from the study, whether they are making lifestyle changes to reduce their disease risk or improving their medication response, and if they are sharing their results with family and healthcare providers. Additionally, Coriell has and will continue to publish scientific findings from the CPMC study, contributing to new medical literature.

Here on the Coriell research study website you will learn more about the utility of personalized medicine in clinical care, how physicians can prescribe medications that will be more efficient for you, and how the CPMC study is reporting many health conditions and drug responses to study participants.

For more information about personalized medicine, visit the follow sites:
Personalized Medicine Coalition - Personalized Medicine 101
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) - GWAS Summary
FDA - How FDA Advances Personalized Medicine

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