In this short blog and video Markus Perola, Research Professor at Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare explains how genome research creates precision medicine that can treat many illnesses and predict the risks of contracting disease as well as discussing  the project.

Genome research makes it possible to get more precise information on many illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Researchers can develop effective medicines and treatments and can also eliminate treatments that are ineffective.

The project is aimed at ascertaining the risk of people contracting certain illnesses. The information on the risks can be used for proactive healthcare and can motivate people to adopt healthy eating habits, for example.

Many people are already buying test kits for home use and taking these analyses to their doctor’s surgery. This will also change how doctors work where genetic information is becoming part of the medical routine.

This is the fifth and final part of Sitra’s series of videos and blogs for Precision Medicine Forum. The first, by Sitra’s Project Director, Digital Health Hub, Jaana Sinipuro can be viewed here, the second by Hannu Hämäläinen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health can be viewed here, the third from Johanna Arola, Acting CEO at FinBioBank can be viewed here and the fourth by Minna Hendolin, Director at Business Finland here.

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