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MCW Genetics News

Stem cell patent to benefit MCW research

Aug. 29 - Cellular Dynamics International Inc., a Madison-based biotechnology company, was granted a patent for its stem cell production automation process. Ulrich Broeckel, MD, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, discussed the importance of this patent and how it will help research at MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MCW Launches $65 Million Fundraising Campaign for Genomic Sequencing

June 24 - MCW is raising $65 million to support genetic sequencing research. In a front-page story in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Howard Jacob, PhD, describes how the research will expand MCW’s capabilities to identify difficult-to-detect diseases and predicting patient risk for developing cancers and other diseases. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Medhora is Co-Founder of Personal Genomics Clinic in India

Aug. 13 - Meetha Medhora, PhD is a co-founder of Positive Bioscience, a personal genomics clinic in Gurgaon, India. Pharma Biz, Hindustan Times and The Times of India

Dr. Dimmock Discusses Impact of Genome Sequencing for Identifying Rare Diseases

Aug. 04 - Dr. David Dimmock contributes to an article in The Telegraph (United Kingdom) on the benefits of genome sequencing for families afflicted by rare genetic disorders. The Telegraph

Volker Case Cited in Report on NIH Initiative to Study Rare, Undiagnosed Diseases

July 07 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the NIH is launching a $43 million initiative to study rare, undiagnosed diseases. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Researcher receives grant to study genes involved in PHACE syndrome

June 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study the genetic causes of PHACE syndrome, which is characterized by a large facial hemangioma, an abnormal buildup of blood vessels on the face, with other birth defects including abnormalities of the brain, heart, and eyes.

MCW Genomics program highlighted in national news story

June 19 - The genomics program at MCW, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, was highlighted in a Reuters news story. Reuters

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Awards Grants to Three Researchers

June 10 - The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse awarded three MCW and BloodCenter of Wisconsin researchers with two-year, $100,000 grants to study breast cancer risks and potential new therapies. Wauwatosa Now

Genomics and Ethics Conference Slated for May 19 at Italian Community Center

May 22 - Jeff Kahn, PhD, MPH, the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Bioethics, will be the keynote speaker at MCW’s second annual Genomics and Ethics Symposium on Monday, May 19, at the Italian Conference Center. WauwatosaNOW

Brain and spinal cord Injury research programs at VA

May 22 - The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center are collaborating to improve the lives of those with brain and spinal cord injuries.

Why one man’s story should be motivation for prostate screening

May 12 - Fox 6 News profiled a local man whose prostate exam revealed cancer, and who received treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Monday, May 12 is the annual free prostate screening at Miller Park. WITI-TV

Registration open for May 19 Genomics & Ethics Symposium

April 29 - The second annual Genomics and Ethics Symposium will be held Monday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Profiles Jaime Wendt Andrae

April 28 - Jaime Wendt Andrae, a Molecular Genetics Technical Specialist in MCW’s Human and Molecular Genetics Center, is profiled in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former Fashion Photographer Delivers the Henry Howe Chan Memorial Lecture in Bioethics

Apr 8 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Rick Guidotti, a former fashion photographer who founded the non-profit arts and advocacy group Positive Exposure, delivered MCW’s Henry Howe Chan Memorial Lecture in Bioethics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & WUWM-FM

Worn Down by Health Problems, Woman Discovers Art of Living

Apr 7 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a local woman living with a common genetic disorder called 22q. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alumna Profile-Linda Resar

Dr. Linda Resar, a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been studying high mobility group genes for two decades. Her passion for research began nearly 30 years ago at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Drs. Dimmock, Jacob, and Worthy Challenge JAMA Study Questioning Accuracy of DNA Tests

Mar 18 - MCW scientists Dr. David Dimmock, Howard Jacob, PhD, and Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, challenge the findings of a Stanford University report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that says that technology is not yet to the point to provide patients with accurate, useful information derived from DNA tests. The Scientist & San Francisco Gate

Whole Genome Growing Pains

Mar 13 - The Scientist reports on a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which researchers at Stanford report difficulties in using whole genome sequencing as a tool to detect disease risk in healthy adults. The Scientist

Bioethicists Suggest that Parents Best-Equipped to Decide on Genetic Test Discussions

Mar 11 - In a commentary published in the American Journal of Bioethics, Kimberly Strong, PhD, and Thomas May, PhD, write that parents are best-suited to make decisions about what genetic testing results are provided to children and their families. Health Canal

Parents best equipped to make decisions on genetic testing, return of results

Mar. 11 - Technology often outpaces ethical discussions; this has become evident in the current recommendations around next-generation genomic testing and the way in which results are handled for pediatric patients.

Dr. Jacob Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Evaluate Genetic Variants in Kidney Disease

Mar 5 - Howard Jacob, PhD, received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to evaluate human genetic variants contributing to end-stage renal disease. Health News Digest

Patient Success Stories Cited in Feature on Whole Genome Sequencing Clinic

Mar 5 - The Washington Post reports on the success of the MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin whole genome sequencing program. The Washington Post

Identifying genetic causes of kidney failure

Feb. 27 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to evaluate human genetic variants contributing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure.

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Sequencing genes can pinpoint rare illnesses. Might it help with other problems?

Feb 25 - A story in the Washington Post profiles the whole genome sequencing program at MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. David Dimmock, MD, was interviewed in the piece. The Washington Post

Use of Genome-Wide Sequencing to Increase as Costs Come Down

Feb 25 - Howard Jacob, PhD, authored a commentary in MIT Technology Review noting that as costs come down, more patients will benefit from genome-wide sequencing. MIT Technology Review

Cullen Heart Run and Walk Supports Dr. Broeckel’s Research on Ventricular Hypertrophy

Feb 18 - In a feature report in advance of the Steve Cullen Annual Healthy Heart Club Run and Walk, Dr. Ulrich Broeckel discusses his cardiovascular research studies with ABC-TV/Channel 12. WISN-TV

Keck Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant for Genetic Research on Rare Diseases

Feb 18 - The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to support genetic research to help diagnose and treat children with rare diseases. Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Jacob Receives $8.7 Million NIH Grant to Create 200 Breeds of Genetically-Altered Rats

Feb 18 - Howard Jacob, PhD, was awarded a five-year, $8.7 million NIH grant to create 200 breeds of specially-engineered rats to be used to study the genetics of human disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin receives grant to help diagnose, treat patients with rare disorder

Feb. 17 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in Los Angeles to support genetic research and testing. A team of researchers and physicians from Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will develop a test system using gene editing to generate and functionally test the variant of interest.

Genetics team to create hundreds of new knockout rats to study human disease

Feb. 13 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a five-year, $8.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to create 200 gene-targeted rat models to study the genetics of human disease.

Blood Cells Transformed to Beating Heart Cells for Cardiovascular Research

Feb 12 - A WISN-TV news story profiles the work of Ulrich Broeckel, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute. WISN-TV

Researchers Collaborate with Boston Children’s on Pharmacogenomics Study

Feb 12 - MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are collaborating with Boston Children’s Hospital on the first pharmacogenomics study to use genetic information to predict if a child will have a reaction to medications, and ultimately develop individualized therapy for patients. Health Canal & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Using genomics to make personalized, safer medication choices for kids

Feb. 05 - Aiming to reduce adverse drug reactions—which affect some 70,000 children annually in the U.S.1—a study at Boston Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is using genetic information to predict children’s reactions to medications, ultimately enabling clinicians to select a more individualized therapy for the patient.

The Science of Epigenetics

Jan 16 - Robert Lane, MD, discusses the field of epigenetics on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM-FM

College Achievements Identified as Among “Big Ideas” from Wisconsin Research Labs

Jan 7 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 2013 list of the top 10 “Big Ideas” from Wisconsin research labs includes two MCW projects. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Big Ideas of 2013

Jan 3 - MCW’s genomics clinic and a new test for bloodstream infections were both dubbed “Big Ideas of 2013” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Worthey Presents at International Conference on Clinical Genomics and Informatics

Dec 18 - Bio-IT World reports on Elizabeth Worthey’s, PhD, presentation at the 2013 Clinical Genomics & Informatics meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Bio-It World

Dr. Worthey Reports on Study Detecting Genes Responsible for Speech Disorder

Dec 6 - Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, reports on an MCW/Children’s study published in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders that identified genes responsible for childhood apraxia. WUWM-FM

Investigative Report on Newborn Screening Lab Delays

Nov 26 - Dr. David Dimmock describes the life-saving efforts employed to treat a baby transferred to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with an undiagnosed disorder. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Drs. Dimmock and Jacob Contribute to National TV Report on DNA Sequencing

Nov 26 - Television stations nationwide aired an Associated Press video report on the availability of complete genome sequencing from MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. WSB-TV

Dr. Wilcox Successfully Treats Hemophilia in Dogs using Gene Therapy

Nov 26 - The British Broadcast Company is among news organizations worldwide reporting on David Wilcox’s, PhD, successful treatment of hemophilia in dogs using gene therapy. BBC News

Blueprint of your DNA isn’t just for the sick

Nov 22 - The Associated Press produced a national news story highlighting the genomics program at MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Associated Press

Jenny Geurts Discusses Genetic Testing

Nov 19 - Genetics counselor Jenny Geurts discusses genetic testing on WTMJ-AM. 620WTMJ News Radio

Dr. Jacob Discusses Importance of Preparing Physicians to Use Genetic Information

Nov 19 - Howard Jacob, PhD, describes the importance of preparing physicians on how they may use genetics to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients in a Becker’s Hospital Review article on the recent U.S. News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow forum. Becker's Hospital Review

Postdoctoral Fellow Identifies Gene Responsible for Warburg Micro Syndrome

Nov 19 - MCW Postdoctoral Fellow Ryan Liegel, PhD, co-authored a study with a colleague from the University of Edinburgh in the American Journal of Human Genetics that identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Science Daily

Deadly Delays: Newborn screening testing delay puts newborn’s life at risk

Nov 18 - Dr. David Dimmock, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics), discusses the case of a baby boy who was treated at Children’s Hospital for a rare metabolic disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New genetic cause of Warburg Micro Syndrome identified

Nov. 18 - A collaborative team of researchers led by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Edinburgh has identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Patients with Warburg Micro syndrome are severely physically and mentally challenged, unable to learn how to walk or speak and become blind and paralyzed from an early age.

Dr. Jacob Discusses the “Couch Potato” Gene

Nov 12 - Dr. Jacob notes that those people who are genetically predisposed to avoid exercise need to find the right motivation to maintain a fitness regimen. 620WTMJ News Radio

Dr. Jacob Predicts Patients will soon arrive at Doctors’ Offices with Genome Mapped on iPads

Nov 12 - Howard Jacob, PhD, told participants in U.S. News & World Report’s Hospital of Tomorrow Forum that the time is near when patients will arrive at doctors’ offices with their genome mapped out on an iPad. U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Jacob to Participate in U.S. News Forum on the “Hospital of Tomorrow”

Nov 8 - Howard Jacob, PhD, will participate in U.S. News & World Report’s “Hospital of Tomorrow” online forum, November 4-6. He will discuss, “The Push to Personalize Medicine.” U.S. News & World Report

Don’t like going to the gym? It could be in your genes.

Nov 8 - Howard Jacob, PhD, comments on research that suggests a “couch potato gene” could be partially responsible for reticence to exercise in some people. WTMJ-TV

The Push to Personalize Medicine

Nov 6 - Howard Jacob, PhD, participated in a panel discussion about the future of personalized medicine and genomics at the US News & World Report “Hospital of Tomorrow” Forum. US News & World Report

MCW/UW-Madison Team Identifies Genetic Variants Related to Rare Speech Disorder

Oct 29 - Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, and colleagues report that a team from MCW and UW-Madison used next generation sequencing to identify clinically relevant genetic variants associated with a rare pediatric speech disorder. CheckOrphan

Next-gen sequencing identifies genes associated with speech disorder

Oct. 25 - A collaborative team of researchers has used next generation sequencing to identify clinically relevant genetic variants associated with a rare pediatric speech disorder. The findings are published in the Sept. 16 issue of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Dr. Worthey to Speak at European Conference on Genomic Medicine Clinic

Oct 22 - Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, will be presenting on MCW’s experiences from the first 18 months of the Genomic Medicine Clinic at Clinical Genomics & Informatics Europe on December 4 in Lisbon, Portugal. Bio-It World

Dr. Semina Receives NIH Grant to Study Genes Associated with Pediatric Cataracts

Oct 22 - Elena V. Semina, PhD, received a two-year, $412,500 grant from the National Eye Institute to study the genes associated with pediatric cataracts. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Geurts Comments on Use of Zebrafish to Study Cancer Genetics

Oct 8 - Aron Geurts, PhD, provides expert comment in a Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News article on a Purdue University project in which zebrafish are used to study cancer genetics. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Dr. Jacob Authors New England Journal of Medicine Editorial on DNA Sequencing

Oct 8 - Howard Jacob, PhD, authored an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Next-Generation Sequencing for Clinical Diagnostics. USA Today

Genetic Sequencing Solves Mystery Diseases in Adults, Kids

Oct 3 - A New England Journal of Medicine editorial written by Howard Jacob, PhD, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Genetics and director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, was referenced in a USA Today article about the clinical utility of next generation sequencing. USA Today

Science Café Series Offers Lectures on “My Genes, My Proteins, and My Health”

Sept 30 - Beginning September 24, the Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) launched a series of free Science Cafés for the public at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Jacob Discusses Government’s Genome Sequencing Program for Newborns

Sept 9 - Howard Jacob, PhD, provides expert comment in a front-page Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the federal government’s new $25 million program to explore the possibility of using whole genome sequencing for newborn babies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

U. S. to study whether to use genome sequencing for newborns

Sept 4 - Dr. Howard Jacob discusses a new government-funded research project that explores whole genome sequencing for newborn babies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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