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U Miami to Open Human Genomics Institute in '07; Has Hired Heads of Duke's Genetics Center to Run It

This update clarifies that Margaret Pericak-Vance is director and Jeffrey Vance is co-director of Duke University’s Center for Human Genetics.
 
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The University of Miami may soon open an Institute of Human Genomics at or near the University’s Miller School of Medicine, the university said yesterday.
 
The university said that heading the institute will be Margaret Pericak-Vance and Jeffrey Vance, who are currently director and assistant director, respectively, of Duke University’s Center for Human Genetics.
 
The new institute, which is loosely scheduled to open in 2007, will focus on human genomics research and will use research and clinical departments at the Miller School. It also expects to have a Department of Human Genetics, but this hasn’t been finalized yet. 
 
Although many details of the institute have not yet been finalized or disclosed, Kelly Kaufhold, a spokesman for the medical school, said the Miller School has recently received a $100 million private endowment and will be given $800 million by the university, which recently raised $1.25 billion in a fundraising campaign.
 
Kaufhold said it had not yet been determined how much of this funding will go to the Genomics Institute, but the ground has been broken on campus for a new basic science center where the genomics facility may be housed until further plans are developed.
 
University president Donna Shalala, former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, said the institute will be “one of the premier institutes for human genomics in the world.”

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