Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., a summer resident of Mount Desert Island, is an American nephrologist and director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), an agency of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the leading federal agency for research on diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
Instead of the one-size-fits-all solutions that have been the mainstay of medicine for so long, precision medicine — sometimes referred to as personalized medicine — offers therapies, practices, interventions and/or products that are tailored to individual patients based on genetic, genomic and clinical information about their susceptibility to disease, course of disease and response to treatment.
Her expertise in precision medicine comes from her position as former interim director of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Program, whose mission is to enable a new era of precision medicine.
MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the institution’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science. Short presentations delivered in everyday language are followed by lively, informal discussion. Briggs’s talk is the third in a series of six cafés to be held through mid-September.
The MDI Biological Laboratory’s 2017 Art Meets Science exhibit is also being held at the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. to allow MDI Science Café participants to view the exhibit.