At the meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) on December 27, it was decided to establish a Scientific Council on Personalized Medicine to be headed by Evgeny Shlyakhto, Director General of Almazov Centre and Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The scientists emphasized that establishing the Council is among the priorities of the country’s Strategy for Science and Technology Development until 2030.
“Personalized medicine technologies are expected to provide critical benefits to society, in particular, the possibility of more balanced medical decisions based on a deeper comprehension of the mechanisms of a disease and the effect of drugs, Increasing the probability of a good prognosis due to a more targeted impact, primarily in oncology, reducing the probability of side effects of drugs, focusing on prevention, including the individually justified one,” said Mikhail Piradov, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The academician added that artificial intelligence will play a vital role for personalized medicine technologies. Three genomic centres and four world-class centres have already been established as part of the Science national project, which are directly involved in the development of a wide range of personalized medicine technologies.
The World-Class Research Centre for Personalized Medicine of Almazov Centre and the Institute of Experimental Medicine was established in 2020. The major research and developments of the WCRC focus on personalized medicine, high-tech healthcare and health-preserving technologies. The goal of the project is to reduce morbidity and mortality from diseases through the innovative development of healthcare based on the development and implementation of modern technologies of personalized medicine, including the assessment of genetic risks, methods of pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics, disease biomodelling, genome modification and the creation of gene therapy drugs and biomedical cell products with the use of genome editing technologies.