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The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is dedicated to using the very latest in cutting-edge technologies to identify genes involved in human diseases for the diagnosis, intervention and prevention of illness. Our work ranges broadly across many scientific disciplines and involves close collaboration with the global community of scientists and medical professionals, as well as the community at large.
Our scientists are among the first generation of researchers realizing the potential of the Human Genome Project, the working genetic “map” of human DNA that was completed in 2003. They are leaders in the application of clinical, molecular, and mathematical techniques to identify genes leading to human disease.
While a single gene might cause some rare diseases, more common illnesses and disorders are the result of a complex interplay between multiple genetic factors and the environment. A variety of genes may contribute small pieces to the puzzle of diseases like Parkinson’s and cancer or to complex conditions like autism.
We are the ones piecing together that puzzle, the specialists mapping the varieties of genetic traits across many diverse populations like those that live in South Florida. We cannot do it without the support of patients, their families, and their communities. The field of human genomics is growing so rapidly, with breakthroughs and discoveries nearly every day. For this reason, the continued support of generous individuals and institutions is crucial. It is this combined effort that ultimately will lead to pioneering techniques, medicines and treatments tailored to individuals and families in an era of “personalized medicine.”