Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Visiting Professor



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BibTex format

author = {Colijn, C and Jones, N and Johnston, I and Yaliraki, SN and Barahona, M},
doi = {10.3389/fphys.2017.00136},
journal = {Frontiers in Physiology},
title = {Towards precision healthcare: context and mathematical challenges},
url = {},
volume = {8},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Precision medicine refers to the idea of delivering the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, usually with a focus on a data-centred approach to this task. In this perspective piece, we use the term "precision healthcare" to describe the development of precision approaches that bridge from the individual to the population, taking advantage of individual-level data, but also taking the social context into account. These problems give rise to a broad spectrum of technical, scientific, policy, ethical and social challenges, and new mathematical techniques will be required to meet them. To ensure that the science underpin-ning "precision" is robust, interpretable and well-suited to meet the policy, ethical and social questions that such approaches raise, the mathematical methods for data analysis should be transparent, robust and able to adapt to errors and uncertainties. In particular, precision methodologies should capture the complexity of data, yet produce tractable descriptions at the relevant resolution while preserving intelligibility and traceability, so that they can be used by practitioners to aid decision-making. Through several case studies in this domain of precision healthcare, we argue that this vision requires the development of new mathematical frameworks, both in modelling and in data analysis and interpretation.
AU - Colijn,C
AU - Jones,N
AU - Johnston,I
AU - Yaliraki,SN
AU - Barahona,M
DO - 10.3389/fphys.2017.00136
PY - 2017///
SN - 1664-042X
TI - Towards precision healthcare: context and mathematical challenges
T2 - Frontiers in Physiology
UR -
UR -
VL - 8
ER -