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The Future of Personalized Medicine

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Imagine a world in which health care is tailored to your DNA.

This is the promise of personalized medicine. Meet Marianne Legato, a pioneer in this field, whose work focuses on customizing medical treatments to the needs of different populations. Legato discusses balancing medical advancements with ethical challenges in the evolving healthcare landscape.

About the Presenter

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Marianne J. Legato, M.D., Ph.D. (hon c), F.A.C.P., is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer, and specialist in gender-specific medicine. She is an emerita professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and an adjunct professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. She received an honorary doctorate in 2015 from the University of Panama in recognition for her work in establishing the importance of gender-specific medicine in basic research and clinical medicine. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University in 1997. It was the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has established the not-for-profit Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine, which is dedicated to the support of gender-specific biomedical investigation and educational outreach to both the lay and scientific communities.