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The Harris Center for Precision Wellness, located within the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, embodies a new paradigm in health and medicine. The Center’s goal is to establish a solid foundation for the realization of Precision Wellness, a highly-personalized and proactive approach for maintaining optimal health and vitality and preventing disease. Towards this goal, the center will harness the recent advances in digital health, genomics, and data science to bring us bringing precision medicine by revealing how individual differences in genes, environments, and lifestyles contribute to complex human diseases, and how to apply these potent technologies to help preserve and enhance wellness.

The Harris Center is the first precision wellness effort at a major academic medical institution. Ready access to the Icahn School of Medicine’s broad clinical and academic research resources is enabling the Center to integrate an unmatched network of research programs and clinical initiatives across the Health System. Additionally, The Icahn Institute of Genomics and Multiscale Biology offers access to world-leading talent in genomics, computational biology, and systems medicine along with highly scalable super-computing infrastructure. This unique environment offers a powerful foundation for the center’s efforts in providing highly individualized, science-based plans that will help people maintain their health and optimize their vitality and wellbeing.

The Center is developing research and technology platforms to find incipient disease well before overt symptoms manifest, to identify the key behavioral and lifestyle issues most relevant to an individual’s health, to monitor people’s health status in real time, and to provide the most appropriate tools to support whatever lifestyle adjustments a person wishes to undertake.

The Harris Center for Precision Wellness is leveraging and advancing technologies from key arenas including:

  • Digital Health: Wearable devices, sensors, and mobile apps are creating new opportunities to conveniently measure large amounts of health data in real time to inform wellness-related diagnostics, action plans, and interventions. These emerging technologies can provide ongoing measures of physical activity, stress, sleep quality, cognitive functioning, mood, and even environmental exposures. The Harris Center is rigorously evaluating the capabilities of diverse digital health devices and systems, and is combining them into novel sensing suites that can provide new insights into critical areas of wellness and lifestyle adjustment.

  • Molecular Profiling: Genomic sequencing technologies offer an unprecedented opportunity to measure an individual’s own unique biology and to personalize approaches to his or her health and vitality. The Harris Center is using the latest sequencing technologies to incorporate broad DNA, microbiome, and immune system profiles, and other potent biomarkers into predictive models of wellness.

  • Data Science: Integrating multiple streams of molecular and physiological digital data, identifying novel patterns and relationships within this wealth of information, and extracting actionable insights is a critical challenge of translating information into wellness. The Harris Center is developing and applying state-of-the-science analytics and machine-learning tools and techniques to the development of wellness apps and software platforms that can deliver useful, data-driven insights and intelligence to individuals in a highly personalized and context-specific manner.

The Harris Center for Precision Wellness will identify, develop, validate, and integrate cutting-edge technology that can enhance individual vitality and well-being. The Harris Center ultimately aims to establish a robust foundation for delivering today a cohesive, next-generation healthcare that is science based, scalable, accessible, affordable, and superior to anything presently available.

Foundational funding for The Harris Precision Wellness Center was provided through a generous donation from Joshua and Marjorie Harris.
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Joel Dudley, PhD - Director

Dr. Dudley is the founding director of the Harris Center for Precision Wellness. He is also Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Dudley is a recognized expert in genomics and biomedical informatics. Dr. Dudley’s published research covers topics in biomedical informatics, precision medicine, systems medicine, personal and clinical genomics, as well as drug and biomarker discovery. Dr. Dudley’s work has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, and other popular media, including his computational drug repurposing work that gained recognition as the NHGRI Director’s Genome Advance of the Month. He is also co-author of the book Exploring Personal Genomics from Oxford University Press, which is the first major text on personal genome analysis and interpretation. Dr. Dudley co-founded three start-up companies and serves a scientific advisor to several innovative startups in NYC and Silicon Valley. In 2014 Dudley was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine. Read more about Dr. Dudley at LinkedIn and Wikipedia.
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Greg Stock, PhD - Co-director

Dr. Stock is the founding co-director of the Harris Center for Precision Wellness. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Dr. Stock is also a biotech entrepreneur, bioethicist, best-selling author, public communicator, and a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences. Before joining Mt. Sinai, Dr. Stock founded the influential Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine in 1997 and served as its director for ten years while leading a broad effort to explore critical technologies poised to reshape medical science. Through a series of high-profile symposia, lectures, and media appearances, Stock has catalyzed broad public debate about the social and public policy implications of today’s revolution in molecular genetics and bioinformatics. He has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, MIT Tech Review and Lancet. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, including CNN, PBS, NPR, Bloomberg and the BBC Read more about Dr. Stock at LinkedIn and Wikipedia.
The Harris Center leadership is closely advised by Dr. Eric E Schadt, PhD, Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Scientific Staff:
  • Dr. Noah Zimmerman
  • Dr. Brian Kidd
  • Dr. Shameer Khader
  • Dr. Riccardo Miotto
  • Dr. Li Li
  • Patricia Savi Glowe

External Advisors
  • Dr. Joseph Morgan
  • Neil Jacobstien
Get Involved
We believe that engaging individuals across the spectrum of health and wellness is a key driver of innovation. The Harris Center will soon launch a series of research initiatives that incorporate the cutting-edge of digital health, Big Data, and molecular profiling technologies. Part of success of these research initiatives will come through engagement of motivated individuals who will in the research studies as true pioneers of next generation health and wellness. In addition, we seek to engage innovative start-ups and corporate partners in innovative new research programs that leverage the unique team, technologies, and environment made available through the Harris Center for Precision Wellness.
Physical address:

770 Lexington Ave
15h Floor
NY NY 10065