Precision Medicine, An Update From The VA, and More: Full Show, April 26, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

In this final episode of the Sound Medicine Radio Hour: We tailor glasses to your eyes and blood transfusions to your blood type, so why isn't more of medicine specific to the patient receiving treatment? We hear from Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute on how the new Precision Medicine Initiative plans to use the power of genetic sequencing to develop innovative treatments for cancer and other diseases. We check in with the director of a VA hospital to learn what progress has been made in the past year, and we learn about how a study on breast cancer in dogs can help human women. We'll also hear about a program in Dallas that brings music to palliative care patients, and hear a final essay from palliative oncologist Larry Cripe. 


It’s been 15 years since the program was just a glimmer in the eye of Pam Perry, director of public and media relations at the Indiana University School of Medicine. It was her dream to start a public radio program that brought news about some of the cutting edge research going on at so many of the nation’s medical schools and hospitals. 

As a result, Indiana University formed a partnership with WFYI, the public radio station in Indianapolis – which over the years has provided office and studio space, on-air promotion and much more.

We are so indebted to IU School of Medicine faculty members who formed the backbone of our production: 

Drs. Steve Bogdewic, David Crabb, Kathy Miller, Ora Pescovitz, Eric Meslin, Aaron Carroll, Mike Koch, Larry Cripe, Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, Steve Jay, Rich Frankel, Andrew Chambers and David Flockhart. 

They provided expert insight and story ideas; they opened doors…and they told us when we got it wrong, too!

Over the years, Sound Medicine has benefited from some incredibly creative and dedicated folks: Ellen Gullett, Lisa Floreancig, Jeremy Shere, Diane Willis, Ann Ryder, Jill Ditmire, Steve Allee and Kirk Butler.
Also: Mary Hardin, Eric Schoch, Joe Stuteville, Marti LaChance, Jeramy Spurgeon, Colleen Iudice, Carmel Wroth and Andrea Muraskin.

Sound Medicine’s senior producer has been Nora Hiatt. Eric Metcalf produced our interviews. Chris Lieber recorded and edited the program and promos…and chose all that great music. Sound Medicine has been hosted by Barbara Lewis.