As the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health embarks on its strategic plan to build a world-class, state-of-the-art precision medicine and genomics center, it has begun the process by choosing its first director.
Dr. Stephen Meyn, professor of molecular genetics and pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a member of their Institute for Medical Sciences, will be the first director of the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine.
“Dr. Meyn enjoys an international reputation as a genetics researcher whose work has spanned the continuum of basic, clinical, and translational science,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “He has considerable administrative experience, and will lead us forward in creating platforms for advancing our new initiative in clinical, scientific, and training programs in precision medicine.”
Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person, according to the National Institutes of Health.