NEW YORK, June 26-National Human Genome Research Institute scientific director Jeffrey Trent will head a new Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., the governor of the state said today.
Trent, as president and chief executive officer, will be charged with developing the proposed research institute, which will focus on applying genomic discoveries into treatments for common diseases.
The institute is the brainchild of the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. It comes as part of an effort by Arizona academic administrators, politicians and businesspeople to attract biotechnology research to the state.
Trent, a native Arizonan, was director of basic research at the Arizona Cancer Center in the 1980s.
It will be linked with the International Genomics Consortium, a nonprofit Arizona foundation that is working to generate a major public database of gene expression in normal and cancerous human tissues. Trent is the senior scientific advisor for that effort.