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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
May 29 - Three researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have each received a two-year, $100,000 grant from WBCS, Inc. (Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse) to study cancer risks and potential new therapies.
May 26 - A researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue her study of blood platelet gene therapies for hemophilia A, a genetic bleeding disorder.
May 20 - One large project aimed at helping improve Veterans’ health that involves Medical College of Wisconsin faculty is the Million Veterans Program (MVP). MVP is a national, voluntary program funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs aimed at determining how genetics impact health.
May 19 - Diet and other lifestyle and environmental factors can change your genes, which could make you susceptible to high blood pressure, or hypertension, and could be inherited. Now, researchers and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are working to determine exactly how that happens—and why.
May 13 - Michael Flister, PhD, (Physiology) received a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to identify factors in the microenvironment of tumors that impact breast cancer risk. The goal of this project is to develop a new genetic model to assess breast cancer risk in the tumor microenvironment. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 6 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.75 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to identify factors in the microenvironment of tumors that impact breast cancer risk.
Apr. 16 - MCW said that it will continue its commitment to genomics and personalized medicine following the announcement that Howard Jacob, PhD, (Human & Molecular Genetics Center; Physiology) has accepted a position with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Alabama. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal, AL.com and WAAYTV.
Mar. 27 - Dr. John Routes provides expert comment to Today Health on severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as “bubble boy disease.” The disorder occurs in approximately 1 in 50,000 live births. Today
Mar. 26 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative report on delays in processing newborn screening tests notes that MCW /Children’s physicians used an experimental treatment to successfully save the life of newborn with a dangerous metabolic disorder. It was only the seventh time the treatment had been used worldwide. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mar. 19 - David Dimmock, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics) and a geneticist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, discusses new recommendations suggested by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to define the "clinical utility" of next generation sequencing. GenomeWeb
Mar. 3 - Howard Jacob, PhD, (Human & Molecular Genetics Center) discusses the importance of the Rat Genome Database for biomedical research in an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Jacob recently received a five-year, $8 million NIH renewal grant for the Rat Genome Database, housed at MCW. In 2014, 180,000 visits to the database were recorded by scientists worldwide. WPR
Feb. 23 - The Rat Genome Database, based at MCW, received a four-year, $8 million renewal grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Howard Jacob, PhD is primary investigator for the Rat Genome Database, which has received more than $35 million since 1999. In 2014, the database was accessed by more than 180,000 users in 190 countries. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Health News Digest
Feb. 18 - In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dr. Arthur Derse recommends caution and further study before human studies are conducted on genetic modification of human embryos, so-called three-parent babies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Feb. 9 - Art Derse, MD, JD, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, says caution is warranted in Great Britain’s proposal to allow “three-parent babies” to be created. The controversial proposal involves genetic manipulation of eggs to eliminate mitochondrial disease from embryos before implantation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Feb. 3 - Donghai Xiong, PhD was lead author of a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics that identified a gene associated with lung cancer.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 Now and Science Daily
Jan. 29 - Donghai Xiong, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at MCW; and Ming You, MD, PhD, the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Professor of Oncogenesis and Director of the Cancer Center, have linked a gene associated with Parkinson’s Disease to familial lung cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 29 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with other colleagues of the Genetic Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Consortium (GELCC), have identified a gene that is associated with lung cancer.
Dec. 11 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that doctors at Children's Mercy Kansas City have found that genome sequencing can lead to the diagnosis of neurologic and developmental disorders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times
Oct. 15 - Kimberly Strong, PhD provides expert comment to Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News on ethical issues related to the scope and scale of genetic information that should be shared with patients and others. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
Oct. 15 - MCW is a collaborating partner in a new University of Chicago-led consortium studying drug abuse. Phys.org
Oct. 14 - MCW is one of more than two dozen institutions receiving NIH grants through the Big Data to Knowledge project. Wauwatosa Now and The Chronicle of Higher Education
Oct. 9 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $500,000 training grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate the development of a tool to interpret the genetic data of humans affected with cardiovascular disease.
Oct. 8 - An editorial in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News discusses a presentation by Howard Jacob, PhD on MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s pioneering work in genome sequencing. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
Oct. 7 - The NIH awarded a four-year, $2.5 million to MCW’s Human & Molecular Genetics Center and Illumina, Inc., to become one of two national centers to sequence the genomes of 1,625 patients and their families in the federal government’s Undiagnosed Disease Network. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, GM Today, WISN and Madison.com
Oct. 2 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin announced upcoming free programs for its Science Cafés series to be held on the UWM Innovation Campus. Wauwatosa Now and Wauwatosa Now
Sept. 29 - The Human and Molecular Genetics Center (HMGC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with Illumina, has been selected as one of two National Institutes of Health genomic sequencing sites for the Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN). The UDN was created to use DNA sequencing and other strategies to advance laboratory and clinical research and to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with rare diseases.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a Yale University School of Medicine study published in Nature Genetics on the use of genome sequencing to diagnose a baffling disease that killed an infant, but saved his father and brother. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sept. 22 - In a study published in Genetics, Leah Solberg Woods, PhD and colleagues reported that they had has identified a new gene associated with fasting glucose and insulin levels in rats, mice and in humans; traits involved in diabetes. Nature World News, Health Canal, Medical Xpress and Bio-Medicine
Sept. 19 - The Community Engagement program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a series of Science Cafés at the UWM Innovation Campus that are free and open to the public. Topics will include the drug discovery process and information about therapeutic targets, genomics, and genetic engineering. Each café will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 - A collaborative research team led by Medical College of Wisconsin scientists has identified a new gene associated with fasting glucose and insulin levels in rats, mice and in humans. The findings are published in the September issue of Genetics.
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