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MCW professors publish JAMA article on precision medicine and hypertension

Mar. 1 - In a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), three MCW research scientists analyzed the merits of utilizing precision medicine and incorporating epigenetic profiles to investigate individualized strategies for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Precision medicine is a medical model that proposes the customization of health care, with medical decisions tailored to the individual patient.

Discovery World’s human genome exhibit to open Saturday, Jan. 23

Jan. 21 - In recognition of our expertise in the field of genomics, MCW has partnered with Discovery World to bring Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, an interactive traveling exhibit, to Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 23. The exhibit will remain at Discovery World until National DNA Day on April 25.

MCW Sponsors Discovery World Exhibit on “Secrets of the Human Genome”

Jan. 11 - The Medical College of Wisconsin, which runs its own Human and Molecular Genetics Center in Wauwatosa, is the sponsor of an upcoming Discovery World exhibit that will allow visitors to explore the secrets of the human genome. The 4,400-square-foot exhibit was created by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Milwaukee Business Journal

MCW professor receives grant for genetic research on obesity

Dec. 11 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases to investigate the underlying genetic mechanisms of obesity.

Dr. Broeckel Co-Authors Mayo Clinic-led Study on Genetic Risk for Heart Disease

Nov. 17 - A group of researchers led by Mayo Clinic has discovered that disclosing genetic risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) results in lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. Dr. Broeckel is listed as a co-author. Science Daily

MCW biotech spin-off receives $250,000 Small Business Innovation Research Contract to develop new protein delivery system

Oct. 15 - Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) biotech spin-off company, Protein Foundry LLC, has received an 18 month, $250,000 Small Business Innovation Research Contract (SBIR) from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This contract supports a collaborative project with Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD, professor and interim chair of microbiology and molecular genetics at MCW, to develop a safe and efficient method to deliver therapeutic proteins into nerve cells.

Marquette-Led Project Aims to Enhance Elder-Care Training for Health Professionals

Sept. 11 - Health Canal reports that MCW is a partner in the Marquette University-led GEAR UP (Geriatrics Equipped And Unsupervised Practice), a $2.55 million federally-funded project to enhance how Wisconsin health care professionals are trained to care for older adults. Other partners in the project are UW-Madison, Aurora Health Care, and the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Health Canal

Dr. Geurts is First Recipient of Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award

Aug. 12 - Aron Geurts, PhD is the first recipient of the $25,000 Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award. Dr. Geurts will use the scholarship funds in his accelerated efforts to model genetic variation in human stem cells which will lead to a better understanding of cardiovascular disease and new avenues for specific therapeutic approaches. The award is funded by proceeds from the annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run/Walk. Lake Country Now

Workshop on genome resources for the rat community planned for Sept. 14-16

Aug. 11 - A three-day workshop on Genome Resources for the Rat Community will be held at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Monday, Sept. 14 – Wednesday, Sept. 16.

MCW physician/scientist receives grant to study graft versus host disease in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients

Aug. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to research the pathophysiology of graft versus host disease in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients (HSCT).

MCW scientist to study novel regulatory mechanisms for a gene involved in vascular anomalies

Aug. 3 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.8 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the RNA regulatory mechanisms underlying genes involved in vascular anomalies.

Identical twins needed to study effects of genes and environment on blood pressure

July 29 - Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are recruiting identical twins for a clinical study that will determine what kind of modifications to one’s genetic code would lead to higher blood pressures. Mingyu Liang, PhD, professor of Physiology, and Srividya Kidambi MD, assistant professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, are the lead investigators for the study.

Photo from Human and Molecular Genetics Center Illustrates Article on Research Funding

July 15 - The World Economic Forum Agenda uses a photo of scientists working in MCW’s Human and Molecular Genetics Center’s Sequencing Core to illustrate an article on which nations spend the most on research and development. Israel ranked first; the United States and Austria were tied for 11th place. World Economic Forum Agenda

Dr. Imig Expects Companies to Invest in Drugs Targeted to Gene Mutations

July 13 - John Imig, PhD, (Pharmacology & Toxicology) tells International Business Times that he expects the debut of the PCSK-9 inhibitors (which targets a mutation in the PCSK-9 gene, which causes high cholesterol) will spur companies to invest in this area as scientists continue their search for genetic factors underlying major diseases. International Business Times

Whole-Genome Sequencing First Done in Milwaukee Now Performed Nationwide

July 8 - An article in GEN magazine on the field of genetics notes that whole-genome sequencing was first successfully used at MCW in 2010, and that the procedure is now being used at pediatric hospitals nationwide. GEN Magazine

Family to Speak before Congress on Need for Special Needs Programs

June 15 - A Hales Corner family traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak before Congress on the need to fund child health and health care programs modeled on Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s special needs program. The family’s daughter was born with a genetic abnormality so rare that only three people in the world have the disorder. WISN

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