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Sanford Health, Children's Hospitals Form Genomic Medicine Consortium

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sanford Health announced today the formation of the Sanford Children's Genomic Medicine Consortium, a network of six children's hospitals that will collaborate to advance personalized medicine in pediatric healthcare.

Members of the consortium include Sanford Children's; Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego; Children's Hospital Colorado; Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; and Banner Children's at Diamond Children's Medical Center in Tucson.

"This groundbreaking collaboration among premier children's hospitals and leaders in genomic and pediatric care will help set the standard for sharing resources and collaborating in research and education in personalized medicine for children," Sanford Health's Gene Hoyme, medical director of the consortium, said in a statement.

According to Sanford Health, consortium members will undertake joint research programs and genomic healthcare workforce development efforts, and combine research capabilities to facilitate genetic and genomic discovery. The consortium itself is expected to serve as a focal point for developing relationships between industry and government agencies, and provide shared training opportunities for physicians, genetic counselors, nurses, and other health professionals.

The consortium has also established an external scientific advisory board to help guide its overall scientific direction. Members of the advisory board include representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and the National Human Genome Research.