Precision Medicine Initiative February 4, 2015 by Chelsey Fix President Barack Obama announced recently the Precision Medicine Initiative to be included in the 2016 federal budget. This is a bold new enterprise to revolutionize medicine and generate the scientific evidence needed to move more personalize medicine into every day clinical practice. Precision Medicine can be defined as getting the right treatment, at the right time – every time – to the right patient. It is about tailoring treatments “for a person” based on how they experience a medical condition rather than focusing on treating “the disease.” The President’s budget includes support for the FDA to develop new approaches for evaluating next generation genetic screening and the NIH to create research that embraces volunteer participation. There is significant emphasis in this Initiative on engaging people experiencing a health problem in the development of targeted treatments for their condition. Patients should be active partners in the search for new and better therapies and not merely passive recipients of investigational treatments. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, in a small luncheon following President Obama speech, spoke with great enthusiasm of the need to gain better insights into the biology of all diseases to make a difference for the millions of Americans who suffer from them. He was clear that this initiative must be led by us, the people. He stated, “The word ‘patients’ is not the right one. This is about participants and really about partners.” Dr. Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director for Science, Outreach and Policy at NIH commented, “The Initiative will set the foundation for new ways of engaging research participants, sharing health data and information, and employing technology advances to mine the information for comprehensive results.” NephCure Kidney International is very excited to already be a part of this movement as the NephCure Kidney Network (Patient Registry) is the ONLY kidney disease Patient Powered Research Network in another key government initiative — the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORnet). The NephCure Kidney Network is poised to be at the forefront of integrating new opportunities from the President’s Initiative with new technology and “big data” solutions that will propel new therapies for our patient community. STAND UP & BE COUNTED. Visit https://www.nephcurekidneynetwork.org/ to learn more about participating in the NephCure Kidney Network (Patient Registry) so your voice can be heard and to share your experience to accelerate new therapies and, one day, a cure for FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a member of NephCure’s research team.