The Ivan and Francesca Berkowitz Family Living Laboratory Collaboration
Transforming the Future of Medicine
As early as the 19th century, Sir William Osler, one of the founders of modern medicine, cautioned that while the good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient with the disease. New insights into human biology, genetics, genomics, big-data science, clinical medicine, and computation have given Osler’s words new meaning and brought precision medicine ever closer to reality.
Untangling the precise factors that underlie modern medical mysteries can illuminate individualized treatments based on a person’s genetic predispositions, immune profile, health history, and lifestyle. Such insights can propel the science and practice of precision medicine forward and have a profound effect on human health.
Made possible by a generous philanthropic gift by Ivan and Francesca Berkowitz and Family, the Ivan and Francesca Berkowitz Family Living Laboratory Collaboration is a collaboration between DBMI and Clalit Research Institute. These two institutions are uniquely positioned to accelerate the generation of valuable biomedical knowledge that will have the power to inform better treatments, care, and prevention, and improving the health and wellbeing of generations to come. Together, we will create an unparalleled Living Laboratory environment in which world-class biomedical researchers, clinicians, and data scientists will investigate important questions in the fields of precision medicine and predictive health.
The research mission of this collaboration is to leverage this unparalleled living laboratory environment to investigate important biomedical questions in precision medicine and predictive health.
The educational mission of this collaboration is to train the next generation of leaders in translational biomedical informatics, computational biology, and precision medicine research and practice.
As a separate clinical effort, Clalit Health Services will establish The Ivan and Francesca Berkowitz Family Precision Medicine Clinic, also funded by a philanthropic gift by Ivan and Francesca Berkowitz and Family.