Academics & Research




The Promise of Personalized Medicine

Recently, Willard H. Dere, M.D., FACP––an internationally regarded medical researcher and leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, and former U. faculty member––returned to the University of Utah to lead our Program in Personalized Health. Dere comes to us following 25 years in the biopharmaceutical industry where he held top posts at some of the world’s largest drug makers, such as Amgen and Eli Lilly. A history major in college, Dere offers an interesting perspective on advances in health care and the emerging role of personalized medicine.

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Building a Culture of Health

America’s growing burden of chronic disease is forcing the pendulum at hospitals and health systems to swing from episodic, acute clinical care toward wellness, disease prevention and disease management. As an industry we are now responsible for the full continuum of care, and for keeping patients healthy and out of hospitals.

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The Way Forward On the Shoulders of Giants

As we begin to imagine the future of health care and define its successful delivery in an academic medical setting, it is worth reflecting on just how far we have come as an organization. Making the notion of affordable and accessible health care a reality is hard work. What we know is that the most transformative and lasting changes don’t happen from top-down government policies and directives. They happen from within, driven by you as our students, faculty, staff and patients.

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