The Department of Precision Health is an interdisciplinary research centre, focusing on epidemiological, clinical and public health research across a wide range of areas including digital health, lifestyle, human biomonitoring, health economics and sociodemographic inequalities in key diseases such cardio-metabolic conditions, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and COVID-19. By the evidence we generate, we aim at tackling the major causes of morbidity and mortality, improving quality of life and supporting clinical practice and public health bodies to advance the field of precision health.
By embracing novel digital technologies, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence approaches to analyse large datasets of patient-derived biological, clinical, environmental, and lifestyle information, we address major public health issues which are relevant to both Luxembourg and the international community. We carry out studies in epidemiology, clinical research or health economics and work on the impact on health of the exposome, lifestyle, socioeconomic inequalities – with a strong digital health dimension..
The department is also responsible for a range of public health projects such as disease registries or national surveys.
It relies on expertise from a number of disciplines (epidemiologists, data scientists, clinicians, methodologists, clinical trialists, translational researchers).
We aim to foster interdisciplinary and translational research collaborations across the different units of the department and strengthen networks with national and international partners and stakeholders. We strive to become a national training centre in epidemiology and public health research for the next generation of scientists and health professionals. Our goal is to promote the integration of digital technologies and use of real-world data into research, clinical practice and for the benefit of patients.
Director of Department
In January 2021, Dr Guy Fagherazzi was appointed Director of the Department of Precision Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health.
The DoPH focuses its interdisciplinary research around the vision of Precision Health, encompassing aspects of precision public health, innovative exposure measurements (hair analysis, new biomarkers, etc.), precision prevention, lifestyle, health economics and digital health. The ultimate objective of the department is to provide more tailored, personalized prevention and treatment. In the current digital and data-driven world, to achieve this the researchers can rely on an increasing volume of data generated by populations and patients. The DoPH is strongly engaged in patient-centric research using new technologies and big data.
Watch the thematic videos to learn more about DoPH research activities in the domain of precision health. The talks were recorded during a DoPH webinar series dedicated to Precision Public Health in 2021.
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