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OHSU Launches Clinical Genetics Program; Will Recruit Scientists, Start Educational Arm

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Oregon Health and Science University in Portland yesterday launched a multi-disciplinary Human Genetics Initiative to advance genetics and genomics research toward applications in “a healthcare setting.”  
The HGI aims to speed the “translation of scientific knowledge to patient care,” particularly as research may be used to investigate the role of genetics in common disorders such as “obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis, and diabetes.”
OHSU said the initiative will recruit scientists, build a “bank” of technology, “develop new educational programs” and “establish a novel delivery model for genetics healthcare.”
The school plans to marshal the resources available at the school, including using in-house technology and tools for “DNA sequencing, nucleotide synthesis, polymorphism detection gene expression and cytogenetics laboratories,” including microarray equipment and data-mining tools.    
The HGI also will create educational programs including a postdoctoral program in the department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, a residency in medical genetics, a two-year clinical research and a training program for doctors interested in diagnosing, counseling, and managing patients with inherited disorders.
The HGI is receiving funding from OHSU’s School of Medicine, the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, the Oregon Opportunity, and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, which is a partnership between OHSU and Kaiser Permanente that receives funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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