Integrating Precision Medicine Into Clinical Practice: Rewards and Challenges
Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Shekhar is a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University, Executive Associate Dean for Research, the August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research, Professor of Psychiatry, and Professor of Neurobiology and Pharmacology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the founding Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), a statewide institute within the Indiana University School of Medicine, supported by a CTSA grant from the US National Institutes of Health, and established in 2008 as a joint partnership between Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame Universities. He has served in many leadership roles in managing clinical services and research programs in psychiatry and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for his basic, clinical and translational research since 1989. He has authored more than 200 peer reviewed publications.
Currently, Dr. Shekhar leads the Precision Health Initiative, a $120M project to develop precision medicine research and clinical programs across Indiana University and its statewide health system IU Health. He has also founded a biotechnology company Anagin that is successfully developing novel treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and related neuropsychiatric disorders. He has served as the president of the Society of Clinical and Translational Sciences and was a tenured member and the chair of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research to the NIH director. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences (NCATS) of the NIH and a member of the Board of Governors for the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) at the NIH.
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