Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Kathy L. Hudson, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Hudson leads the science policy, legislation, communications, and outreach efforts of the NIH and serves as a senior advisor to the NIH director. She directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical science through policy development and innovative projects and partnerships. Dr. Hudson is currently leading the planning and creation of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. 


The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative®

The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative® is building a national research cohort of 1 million or more U.S. volunteers providing clinical, lifestyle, environmental, and genetic data, providing an unparalleled opportunity to develop a longitudinal and complex understanding of health and disease.  This effort supported by the government provides a critical approach that is uniquely democratic: to ensure that anyone in the U.S. can be a part of the cohort, and to ensure the cohort reflects the rich diversity of the U.S.  This complicated initiative with its emphasis on reaching underrepresented and underserved communities will result in substantial scientific advances in precision medicine.

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