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UT Houston Wins $2.5M Award to Create Genetics Educational Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will use a $2.5 million grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to lead a consortium that will train investigators in how genetics and the environment interact in humans.

The consortium, which will run for five years, will use the Burroughs Wellcome Fund's 2009 Institutional Program Unifying Population and Laboratory Based Sciences award to work with partner agencies the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. The project will launch Feb. 2.

The consortium will recruit five or six students a year who will be able to choose to pursue a doctorate program at a participating institution as long as their research is focused on studying gene-environment interactions.

Those interactions are at "the cornerstone of personalized medicine," explained Eric Boerwinkle, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics at UT School of Public Health and the Institute of Molecular Medicine.

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