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UCSD Establishes Center for Human Genetics/Genomics

NEW YORK, June 30 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of California, San Diegohas established a Center for Human Genetics/Genomics, the university said today.


The center has been established within UCSD's health sciences arm, which includes the Schoolof Medicineand Schoolof Pharmacyand Pharmaceutical Sciences. According to director Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, who is also a professor of pediatrics and medicine at UCSD, funding for the center is completely internal.


"Our next step will be to raise money via grant writing, as well as by seeking philanthropy from the community," Wynshaw-Boris told GenomeWeb News.


The center will be housed on a floor of new building being constructed for the Schoolof Pharmacyand Pharmaceutical Sciences, slated to be completed in 2005. Wynshaw said he expects the Center for Human Genetics/Genomics to officially open shortly thereafter, early in 2006. In the meantime, he added, the center will begin the process of recruiting employees.


Joining Wynshaw-Boris are co-directors Daniel O' Connor, UCSD professor of medicine, and Nicholas Schork, UCSD professor of psychiatry and biostatistics.


The overarching mission of the center, according to an official statement, will be to "translate the promise offered by knowledge of the human genome into new medical tools for diagnosis and treatment geared to each individual's specific genetic makeup."

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