According to the Gov. Jim Doyle, the State of Wisconsin is on its way to recognition in the national level in the field of individualized medicine with the help of the initiative set in motion by four of the State’s largest academic research institutions.
The aim of this initiative called the Wisconsin Genomics Initiative is to study and develop a method of delivering the right treatment and medicines at the right time to the right patients. The four institutions involved in this will share existing facilities and look for Federal grants to help them with their study.
This initiative will be making use of expertise and facilities from four major institutions. These include UW-Milwaukee’s urban health care research facility, Marshfield Clinic’s unique database on DNA, genetic research expertise and advice from the Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health’s supercomputer facilities.
Addressing a news conference in Marshfield, Doyle said a project of this size and scope worked on together by these four institutions is a first of its kind. With the help of the valuable resources and database from all four institutions, this unique project will help in advancement in the field of personalized or individualized medicine.
Individualized medicine which gained prominence after the 2003 Human Genome Project initiated by international research has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The press conference at Marshfield Clinic was followed by a dedication to the 162,000 square feet huge Laird Center for Medical Research and the grant for $40 million.