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Special Issue in Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine will publish a special issue in September 2014 entitled “Working towards personalization in medicine: Genomics in 2014” guest edited by George Patrinos (Universityof Patras, Greece) and Barbara Prainsack (King’s College London, UK). The contents of this special issue will include review, perspective and original articles reporting timely updates over the various disciplines related to genomic medicine. Compilation of this special issue is encouraged by the Genomic Medicine Alliance.

Personalized Medicine translates recent genomic and proteomic advances into the clinical context, and addresses the impact of pharmacogenomics in modern medicine, providing an integrated forum for all players involved in the healthcare value chain. Coverage includes news and views, current awareness regarding new biomarkers, concise commentaries and analysis, reports from the conference circuit and full review articles. Personalized Medicine is indexed by Scopus, EMBASE/ExcerptaMedica, Chemical Abstracts, ISI Journal CitationReports®, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®) and Current Contents®/Clinical Medicine, with an Impact Factor of 1.51 (2012).

Contributions to this special issue should address at least two of the following questions:

  • What practices and technologies in your field have been enabling factors of more personalized medicine and healthcare in recent years?
  • What would be your vision, in very concrete terms, for personalized medicine and healthcare from the perspective of your field?
  • Where are the main obstacles to reaching this vision, from today’s perspective?
  • What are the health-economic implications of practices and technologies of personalization that are in use today in your field?
  • What are the social justice implications of practices and technologies of personalization that are in use today in your field?
  • What are the perspectives of patients on these issues?
  • How can initiatives such as the Genomic Medicine Alliance help to bring us closer to a vision of personalized medicine that leads to better, more patient-centered, and ultimately also more cost-effective healthcare?

We are delighted to invite you to submit an article for publication in this special issue (subject to peer-review). If you are interested in contributing to the issue or would like further information please contact the Commissioning Editor Hannah Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2014 Golden Helix Summer School

The Golden Helix Foundation has officially announced the organization of the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School in Aegina, an island near Athens, Greece, 11-15 September 2014. The Golden Helix Summer Schools are international educational activities in the field of Genomic Medicine and Genome Informatics. The Genomic Medicine Aliance is proud to place this event under its auspices.The scientific program of the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School will be announced shortly. Please visit the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School main page to register to attend this event.

Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine meeting, Washington DC, January 8-9, 2014

Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine meeting

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is organizing a two-day meeting of global leaders to examine the application of genomics to clinical care (genomic medicine). The meeting will take place January 8-9, 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

The goals of the meeting are to ascertain what is being done internationally in this area and to identify specific ways in which participants can work together to advance the field. With this in mind, the NHGRI has invited specific participants to attend and represent their country’s or organization’s perspectives in this important area.

Two members of the Genomic Medicine Alliance Scientific Advisory Committee, Professors Fahd Al-Mulla and George Patrinos have been invited to lecture in this meeting. Professor Al-Mulla will give an overview of the Genome Arabia project and Professor Patrinos will report the current achievements and future goals of the Genomic Medicine Alliance

The NHGRI recognizes that many nations are investing in the application of genomic information to clinical care, while at the same time addressing questions regarding the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of such efforts. A meeting of global leaders in this area is expected to create opportunities for collectively assessing the value and accelerating the appropriate translation of genomic science to the practice of medicine.

The meeting will be webcast live and will be archived in the NHGRI collection of video resources GenomeTV. For up-to-date information about the meeting, please visit the NHGRI website.

Publication of a Special Issue in Personalized Medicine

Following the decision of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Genomic Medicine Alliance, Professors Prainsack and Patrinos have agreed with Future Medicine to publish a special focus issue on Genomic Medicine in Personalized Medicine. The journal provides an integrated forum for all players involved - academic and clinical researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory authorities, healthcare management organizations, patient organizations and others in the healthcare community. Personalized Medicine assists these parties to shape the future of medicine by providing a platform for expert commentary and analysis. The journal addresses scientific, commercial and policy issues in Personalized Medicine and includes news and views, current awareness regarding new biomarkers, concise commentary and analysis, reports from the conference circuit and full review articles.

The special focus issue is scheduled for publication in September 2014. The call for papers will follow shortly.

Endorsement of the 2013 Golden Helix Symposium

The Scientific Avisory Committee of the Genomic Medicine Alliance has agreed to endorse the forthcoming 2013 Golden Helix Symposium to be held jointly with the 5th Pn-Arab Human Genetics Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For further information and to register for this joint event, please visit the following link.

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