Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Fourth Up Close and Personalized, International Congress on Personalized Medicine, which will take place 17-20 June, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Personalized Medicine (precision Medicine) is revolutionizing the medical world. Understanding and translating genetic and molecular knowledge into clinical practice is the hallmark of this transformation. At present much of the medical practice is based on standards of care derived from the clinical studies of large cohorts that do not take into account the individual’s genetic, proteomic, and metabolic characteristics. Furthermore, in spite of efforts to develop data-driven, expert–based, clinical decision support systems, there are no clear and simple means to disseminate new findings into clinical practice.

Following the great success of the previous meetings in Florence, Paris and Prague, the main focus of the Fourth Up Close and Personalized Congress is to examine the essential clinical, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, pharmacogenomic, biomarker data and imaging necessary to predict, prevent and treat major medical conditions concerning metabolism (diabetes and obesity), cancer and autoimmunity. We will explore big data and bio-informatic tools, decision support systems and other new platforms for disease diagnosis, prediction and better tailoring treatment modeling to the individual patient. Furthermore, we will discuss policy issues such as barriers for implementing Personalized Medicine, health and quality assurance.

On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committees I look forward to welcoming you to Tel Aviv to what promises to be an exciting and fruitful event.
Eddy Karnieli, MD

Congress Chairman