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There Is No One Right Way to Treat a Patient—There Are 7 Billion

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Personalized. Precision. Predictive. One size doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to health care.

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Unlocking Key Information in Health Records

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Analyzing the wealth of data available in electronic health records is a powerful new weapon driving personalized medicine and helping improve health care delivery. It is the central focus of Mason’s highly specialized health informatics program. The key to predicting a disease, identifying likelihood of a hospital readmission, or determining the best drug to prescribe in a given circumstance may be found in these records.

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Microorganisms and How They Relate to Disease

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Mason researcher Patrick Gillevet, director of Mason’s MicroBiome Analysis Center, studies the microbiome—the assortment of microorganisms in a given environment—and its relationship to human disease. Studies have found an individual’s microbiome can affect many aspects of health and illness, including cognition, obesity, cirrhosis, and even autism.

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Beating the Odds for Better Clinical Trials

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

William Rosenberger would like to see more favorable odds for patients in clinical trials. So the University Professor and chair of Mason Engineering’s Department of Statistics is helping medical researchers apply the concepts used in personalized medicine to better design studies—and benefit patients. In personalized medicine, patients get targeted treatments based on their genetics, specific…

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A Road Map for the Future of Health Care

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Mason alumna Franziska Moeckel came to the United States as an international student from Germany, searching for a university that would be the perfect fit for her. While she was accepted to several schools, Moeckel says Mason was her top choice because it allowed her to be part of a community.

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Mason Crime Scene House

by Mason Spirit contributor on July 20th, 2018

Television shows like CSI and NCIS make it look easy. But Mason graduate student Taylor McGee says making sense out of a real crime scene isn’t quite that simple. McGee and a group of her classmates from Mason’s Forensic Science Program recently got a real look at what processing a crime scene entails when they made the trek to Mason’s new crime scene house.

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Picturing Prince

by Mason Spirit contributor on March 1st, 2018

Over Alumni Weekend, Mason alumnus Steve Parke came to campus to share his experiences working with music icon Prince and sign copies of his new book, Picturing Prince (Octopus Books, 2017), for an enthusiastic crowd of the Purple One’s fans.

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Dreaming Big

by Mason Spirit contributor on December 12th, 2017

The life of Mason benefactor Long Nguyen is a monument to the idea of the American dream. Born in Vietnam during World War II, in a time and place of conflict, Nguyen came to the United States in the early 1960s for his education.

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Bringing Business to Life: Leaders in the Classroom

by Mason Spirit contributor on December 5th, 2017

More than 60 alumni take part each year in the School of Business Leaders in the Classroom series. Organized by the school’s advancement and alumni relations team, the series puts alumni in the classroom as guest speakers on industry-related topics. In the 2016-17 academic year, the series coordinated 80 classroom visits.

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Alumni Profile: Tracy Russillo

by Mason Spirit contributor on November 30th, 2017

Lt. Col. Tracy Russillo, BS Law Enforcement ’88, a 28-year veteran of the Virginia State Police, is the first woman to be appointed deputy superintendent of the department. Prior to this position, she was also the first female to receive major and lieutenant colonel status.

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