Stanford has received a $7.2 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a clinical site for the NIH’s new Undiagnosed Diseases Network. The clinical site is led by Co-Principal Investigators Euan Ashley MD PhD, Paul Fisher MD PhD, and Jon Bernstein MD PhD, who also serves as the site’s Pediatric Medical Director. Matthew Wheeler MD PhD serves as the Medical Director for adults.

“Three things that define us at Stanford are 1) the genomic and other omic technology and interpretive tools that we’ve developed over the last few years; 2) the proximity of Silicon Valley; and 3) telemedicine.” Ashley states.

He continues, “One of the things that we talked about doing was making telemedicine an important part of what we would do as a site. First of all, we wanted to maximize what we can do with patients even before they come to Stanford as well as after they’ve made their first visit. But we also want to use telemedicine the other way around: we want to bring the experts—from wherever they might be in the world—into the room with the patient. If there’s one expert in the world who understands your condition, then we will get hold of that person using telemedicine. That’s a very exciting part of this grant.”

The grant to Stanford will be shared across a multidisciplinary team from the School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.




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