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TGen, Chicago Pediatric Center to Perform Disease Research

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NEW YORK, March 11 (GenomeWeb News) - The Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Children's Memorial Institute for Education and Research will try to use certain genomics technologies to identify links between pediatric illnesses and adult diseases, the groups said today.

Terms of the collaboration call for the institutes to hunt genetic markers associated with brain disorders such as schizophrenia, behavioral disorders, autism, multiple sclerosis, certain cancers, developmental defects, and autoimmune diseases, Mary Hendrix, president and scientific director for the Chicago-based CMIER, said in a statement.

TGen will provide CMIER with access to "a range" of genomic, genetic, and proteomic technologies, as well as bioinformatics, high-throughput sequencing, and gene expression-profiling capabilities, the groups said.

One goal of the partnership is to recognize how "genetic components" of certain pediatric diseases could be translated to the early detection and management of related adult diseases, said Hendrix, who is also professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.


Financial terms of the agreement were not clear; a CMIER spokesperson was not immedialey available for comment.

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