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CIAPM Annual Meeting 2017 - October 12 & 13th, 2017 at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla

The annual meeting of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine briught together ~ 200 precision medicine thought leaders and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and sectors in California and across the country to build community, facilitate collaborations, and discover and pursue opportunities in precision medicine. 

The emphasis of this meeting was on data - data needs, safe and effective data sharing, transformative technologies and ethical considerations in data generation and use - in the context of the changing health care paradigm, including the shifting relationship between research and clinical practice. Keynotes and panels were built to stimulate solution-oriented discussions, and CIAPM solicited focused feedback from attendees throughout the meeting to inform upon future activities.


The final agenda can be found here.

The final attendee list can be found here.

Agenda outline:

10/12/2017 9:00am Registration
Marriott La Jolla 10:00am Start of meeting
Marriott La Jolla 5:30pm Adjourn to reception
UCSD Campus 6:00pm Reception and Fireside Chat
UCSD Campus 8:30pm Adjourn
10/13/2017 8:00am Arrival and light breakfast
Marriott La Jolla 9:00am Start of second day
Marriott La Jolla 3:30pm Adjourn

Precision Medicine promises to deliver better health care and prevention to diverse populations and across many disease areas. To achieve this promise, it is critical to engage in cross-disciplinary and cross-sector discussions and collaborations. Through a series of meetings, CIAPM engaged research leaders and medical experts from California’s leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations, health care providers, patient advocacy groups and interested parties in biotech, the pharmaceutical industry and high tech, representing broad disease areas, technology areas, patient engagement, bioethics, privacy and intellectual property.

The goals of these events were:

  • Assist in the development and execution of demonstration projects that meet the objectives of CIAPM
  • Create an inventory of precision medicine assets in California
  • Exchange ideas, foster collaborations and share lessons learned
  • Identify hurdles and develop effective paths for moving precision medicine toward and into clinical practice
  • Develop approaches to ensure the secure, fair and respectful exchange of data and knowledge.

We anticipate that coordinating these efforts will strengthen California’s precision medicine capabilities and attract additional funding for initiative activities.

CIAPM Annual Meeting 2016 - August 26, 2016 at the Luskin Center at UCLA 

In an effort to foster greater collaboration, the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) brought together stakeholders from academia, industry and non-profits, as well as health care providers, insurers and patient advocates for a two-day gathering beginning Aug. 26 at UCLA’s Luskin Center.

About 200 registered guests discussed where their goals are in sync and identified areas in need of special attention. They also heardg presentations from research teams that applied for a new round of funding under the initiative. The competition was open to any public or private academic or non-profit institution in California. The first day’s events included a keynote address by Joshua Denny, MD, MS, an associate professor of biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University, and director of the Data and Research Support Center of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative.

“It is exciting to see California once again ahead of the rest of the country, increasing its funding to help researchers and clinicians innovate in precision medicine and make connections with entrepreneurs,” said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is leading the state initiative and directs the UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences.

The impact of the event, and the investment itself, was far-reaching.

“This investment has the potential to create unique opportunities for collaboration among leading institutions in California, and will allow us to advance the diagnosis and treatment of our patients using big data, genomics, and other new and emerging technologies,” said Dan Geschwind, MD, PhD, the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Precision Health, UCLA. 


The final agenda can be found here.

Agenda outline: 

9:00 Welcome Atul Butte, Daniel Geschwind
9:15 Keynote Address
9:45 Panel Discussion: NGS-Based Molecular Diagnostics
11:15 Break/Networking
11:45 Panel Discussion: Big Data Progress and Challenges
1:00 Lunch Break/Networking
2:00 RFP 2 Applicants: Speed Presentations
4:00 Reception/Networking
5:30 End


CIAPM Annual Meeting 2015 - June 23 & 29th, 2015 at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus 

CIAPM held two workshops to assist in the development of the project proposals, to stimulate precision medicine efforts throughout the state and to launch the inventory process.  The workshops included presentations by finalist teams selected from the submissions to the request for proposals. Other participants from universities, non-profit organizations and industry described their efforts, approaches, technologies and other assets that could contribute to CIAPM. Governor Brown addressed both workshops, highlighting California’s leadership position in groundbreaking biomedical discovery and his interest in catalyzing data-driven, collaborative precision medicine research.
June 23rd: here 
June 29th: here

CIAPM at PMWC Silicon Valley 2019  

At the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) January 20-23, 2019, there was representation of the CIAPM program overal with the Precision Medicine Action Plan rport from the Governor's Precision Medicine Advisory Committee being mentioned several times. Additionally. Dr. Olena Morozova from the UCSC Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative and a principal investigator on the California Kids Cancer Comparison presented on CIAPM funded work during the "Data Collection Use Cases – Improved Patient Outcome" session. 


CIAPM at PMWC Michigan 2018  

At the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) June 6-7, 2018, India Hook Barnard discussed the overall CIAPM program and mentioned the forthcoming RFP 2018 that was focused around addressing disparities in precision cancer care. Additionally, representative from two of the demonstration project teams presented work related to their CIAPM funded projects. Dr. Sheldon Greenfield gave a talk entitled, "Biological and Patient Complexity Variable Integration Predicts Treatment Response" about the Early Prostate Cancer: Predicting What Will Work project. Dr. Pratik Mukerherjee gave a talk entitled, "Precision Imaging of the Human Brain Connectome" that referred extensively to the results from the Artificial Intelligence for Imaging of Brain Emergencies project. 

CIAPM at PMWC Duke 2017  

At the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) May 24-25, 2017, India Hook Barnard discussed extensively the goals and  foundation of CIAPM in a talk entitled, "CIAPM: Accelerating Precision Medicine Advances in California."  

CIAPM Panel Discussion at PMWC 2017

At the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) January 23-25, 2017, 9 am, CIAPM hosted a 60-minute panel discussion, co-chaired by Elizabeth Baca, Senior Health Advisor to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Uta Grieshammer, Program Director for CIAPM. The panel featured demonstration project leads Olena MorozovaBrennan Spiegel and Nicholas Anderson who discussed their patient data-based diagnostics and tools, and their vision for broad-ranging improvements to health and healthcare. They were in conversation with Rowan Chapman, Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California, an experienced business and investment strategist, to explore the opportunities and challenges of their approaches and the best strategies toward translating precision medicine into clinical reality.