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WASHINGTON  President Obama is set to hold a summit Thursday to discuss the next steps in his year-old Precision Medicine Initiative, laying the groundwork for long-term research that administration officials hope will continue after he leaves office.

The new measures include a pilot program investigating how to recruit participants, draft security provisions for the medical data that will be collected, and an expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Million Veteran Program to collect medical data from active-duty military personnel, administration officials said in a call with reporters Wednesday.


The new actions were announced in advance of the White House summit marking the beginning of the initiative’s second year. Obama is scheduled to participate in a discussion with government officials, researchers, and patient advocates, where he’ll talk about the next steps, as well as the progress he thinks the project has made so far.

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