Editor’s note: Deep Dive is a regular feature in WRAL TechWire. This week’s focus is precision medicine and environmental health.


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Life scientists and data scientists across North Carolina who are interested in precision medicine and environmental health are invited to a free symposium May 8 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park.

The Symposium on Precision Medicine and Environmental Health, organized by the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative, will feature panel discussions, networking opportunities, a keynote address, a lunch breakout discussion of research funding opportunities, and a poster session highlighting local research projects.

Geoffrey Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D., formerly a professor at the Duke University School of Medicine and co-lead of the launch of the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative, will give the keynote address. Ginsburg is now chief medical and scientific officer of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health.

“The All of Us Research Program is creating a national scientific agenda,” Ginsburg said. “North Carolina, with its vibrant life sciences, is poised to make a significant contribution to the program’s ultimate goal of advancing precision health and medicine.”

North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative

Our mission is to accelerate collaborative initiatives that foster research, enable providers, engage industry and empower citizens to improve health outcomes and optimize resource utilization in North Carolina.


North Carolina possesses the capacity in its research and healthcare institutions, biomedical research and development capabilities and health information technology companies to become a global leader in precision health. To help develop the state’s full potential in this important area, NCBiotech and a seminal group of committed partners established the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative (NCPHC). In addition to improving the health of North Carolinians, the NCPHC and its collaborators foster significant new innovations, create new precision health companies, and create jobs that draw capital to the state.

NCPHC is helping bring precision health innovation to North Carolina companies as an employee wellness benefit through its CHAMPPS pilot project (Cancer and Hereditary diseAse Management & Pharmacogenomics – Population Screening).  Furthermore, with additional partners, we are creating a program to engage rural clinicians and deliver precision health to underserved patients across the state.

Source: NC Biotech Center

Nearly a dozen other panelists have been confirmed for the day-long symposium, including:

  • Heather Stapleton of Duke University
  • Michael Hudgens, Yuchao Jiang and Rebecca Fry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Michael Olivier of Wake Forest University
  • Diane Catellier of RTI International
  • Russell Thomas of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alison Motsinger-Reif and David Reif of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
  • Ruchir Shah of Sciome
  • ClarLynda Williams-Devane of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Cosponsors of the symposium include the Biotech Center, RTI International, and N.C. State University’s Office of the Provost, Bioinformatics Research Center and Center for Human Health and the Environment.

Chief organizers of the event are Fred A. Wright, Ph.D., Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor and director of the Bioinformatics Research Center at NC State, and Rebecca Boyles, director of the Center for Data Modernization Solutions at RTI International. Both are members of the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative.

Seats at the symposium are limited, and online pre-registration is required.

(C) N.C. Biotech Center