Events and Seminars : 2012 Seminars

Personalized Medicine and The Curse of Dimensionality

February 27, 2012

Thomas Alexander Gerds, Ph.D.
University of Copenhagen
Division of Biostatistics

Personalized medicine is a medical concept in which individual patients are exposed to individual treatment models instead of average treatment models. Medical history, family history, and genetic profiles are used to identify patients who will likely not respond to a treatment, or likely benefit from higher or lower doses than the “average patient”. Evidence based medicine is another medical concept. The aim is to quantify the uncertainty of medical decisions and to keep high standards of research based decision guidelines. In this talk I will illustrate the “curse of dimensionality”, a statistical phenomenon, which accurately describes the difficulties of bringing the two medical concepts together.

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