The Institute for Precision Medicine serves as a facilitator of research in this highly complex, rapidly expanding field. As such, we are a virtual institute without a physical location, facilities, or appointed faculty, which allows us to be flexible and responsive to the most promising avenues of research and clinical applications.

We help you find the right collaborators, expertise, resources, and funding opportunities (including help coordinating and writing multi-investigator proposals) as well as training programs for students and postdocs. If you would like our assistance in pursuing a grant opportunity related to precision medicine, please contact us letting us know the funding opportunity and deadline.

We maintain a separate Resources page on this website where researchers (at the University of Pittsburgh or external to the university) can learn how to access to powerful computing and bioinformatics tools, datasets, and laboratories through which they may conduct omic and other analyses. If you are looking for specific expertise or technology not discoverable via Digital Vita or our Resources page, please let us know.

 

Funding Opportunities

  • The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative seeks to help biomedical investigators locate, analyze, and apply large and complex datasets, such as those generated for precision medicine research. You can monitor BD2K funding opportunities for support of bioinformatics projects and training
  • At the University of Pittsburgh, you can check the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Pilot Funding opportunities.
  • The Institute for Precision Medicine funds pilot projects. Details on such opportunities will be posted here as they become available.
  • Specific disease state research, funded through the NIH Institutes

Training

  • Students may be interested in pursuing degree programs related to precision medicine through the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the joint Carnegie Mellon – University of Pittsburgh Computational Biology (CPCB) Program, or many of the Masters, Certificate, and PhD programs available through the School of Medicine.
  • Recent graduates can check for postdoctoral openings in labs pursuing research related to precision medicine.
  • Faculty can pursue research and mentoring training through the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), including workshops, coursework, and certificate and degree programs. Clinical researchers may wish to become Board-certified in clinical informatics.
  • ICRE offer a range of relevant classes including ‘MSCMP 3790: Basics of Personalized Medicine
  • Trainees at any level may be interested in the Biomedical Informatics Online Certificate Program or the 15-credit Biomedical Informatics Training Certificate Program

Ethical Issues

  • The CTSI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Center offers multiple workshops each month on a wide range of issues related to the planning and conduct of personalized medicine and omic research.  You can also request a genomic-related ethics consult through the Center for Bioethics and Health Law
  • Those at and outside the University of Pittsburgh may wish to consult the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues December 2013 Research Primer: Incidental and Secondary Findings to understand how to manage incidental and secondary findings of all types, including genetic.