Oct. 15 - Kimberly Strong, PhD provides expert comment to Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News on ethical issues related to the scope and scale of genetic information that should be shared with patients and others. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
Oct. 15 - MCW is a collaborating partner in a new University of Chicago-led consortium studying drug abuse. Phys.org
Oct. 14 - MCW is one of more than two dozen institutions receiving NIH grants through the Big Data to Knowledge project. Wauwatosa Now and The Chronicle of Higher Education
Oct. 9 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $500,000 training grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate the development of a tool to interpret the genetic data of humans affected with cardiovascular disease.
Oct. 8 - An editorial in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News discusses a presentation by Howard Jacob, PhD on MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s pioneering work in genome sequencing. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
Oct. 7 - The NIH awarded a four-year, $2.5 million to MCW’s Human & Molecular Genetics Center and Illumina, Inc., to become one of two national centers to sequence the genomes of 1,625 patients and their families in the federal government’s Undiagnosed Disease Network. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, GM Today, WISN and Madison.com
Oct. 2 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin announced upcoming free programs for its Science Cafés series to be held on the UWM Innovation Campus. Wauwatosa Now and Wauwatosa Now
Sept. 29 - The Human and Molecular Genetics Center (HMGC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with Illumina, has been selected as one of two National Institutes of Health genomic sequencing sites for the Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN). The UDN was created to use DNA sequencing and other strategies to advance laboratory and clinical research and to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with rare diseases.
Oct 3 - A New England Journal of Medicine editorial written by Howard Jacob, PhD, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Genetics and director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, was referenced in a USA Today article about the clinical utility of next generation sequencing. USA Today
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a Yale University School of Medicine study published in Nature Genetics on the use of genome sequencing to diagnose a baffling disease that killed an infant, but saved his father and brother. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sept. 22 - In a study published in Genetics, Leah Solberg Woods, PhD and colleagues reported that they had has identified a new gene associated with fasting glucose and insulin levels in rats, mice and in humans; traits involved in diabetes. Nature World News, Health Canal, Medical Xpress and Bio-Medicine
Sept. 19 - The Community Engagement program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a series of Science Cafés at the UWM Innovation Campus that are free and open to the public. Topics will include the drug discovery process and information about therapeutic targets, genomics, and genetic engineering. Each café will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 - A collaborative research team led by Medical College of Wisconsin scientists has identified a new gene associated with fasting glucose and insulin levels in rats, mice and in humans. The findings are published in the September issue of Genetics.
Sept. 03 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) in Madison received a U.S. patent on the automated production of cells that can be grown into any of the more than 200 types of cells in the body. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Aug. 29 - Cellular Dynamics International Inc., a Madison-based biotechnology company, was granted a patent for its stem cell production automation process. Ulrich Broeckel, MD, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, discussed the importance of this patent and how it will help research at MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 24 - MCW is raising $65 million to support genetic sequencing research. In a front-page story in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Howard Jacob, PhD, describes how the research will expand MCW’s capabilities to identify difficult-to-detect diseases and predicting patient risk for developing cancers and other diseases. Milwaukee Business Journal
Aug. 13 - Meetha Medhora, PhD is a co-founder of Positive Bioscience, a personal genomics clinic in Gurgaon, India. Pharma Biz, Hindustan Times and The Times of India
Aug. 04 - Dr. David Dimmock contributes to an article in The Telegraph (United Kingdom) on the benefits of genome sequencing for families afflicted by rare genetic disorders. The Telegraph
July 07 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the NIH is launching a $43 million initiative to study rare, undiagnosed diseases. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study the genetic causes of PHACE syndrome, which is characterized by a large facial hemangioma, an abnormal buildup of blood vessels on the face, with other birth defects including abnormalities of the brain, heart, and eyes.
June 19 - The genomics program at MCW, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, was highlighted in a Reuters news story. Reuters
June 10 - The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse awarded three MCW and BloodCenter of Wisconsin researchers with two-year, $100,000 grants to study breast cancer risks and potential new therapies. Wauwatosa Now
May 22 - Jeff Kahn, PhD, MPH, the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Bioethics, will be the keynote speaker at MCW’s second annual Genomics and Ethics Symposium on Monday, May 19, at the Italian Conference Center. WauwatosaNOW
May 22 - The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center are collaborating to improve the lives of those with brain and spinal cord injuries.
April 29 - The second annual Genomics and Ethics Symposium will be held Monday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
April 28 - Jaime Wendt Andrae, a Molecular Genetics Technical Specialist in MCW’s Human and Molecular Genetics Center, is profiled in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Apr 8 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Rick Guidotti, a former fashion photographer who founded the non-profit arts and advocacy group Positive Exposure, delivered MCW’s Henry Howe Chan Memorial Lecture in Bioethics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & WUWM-FM
Apr 7 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a local woman living with a common genetic disorder called 22q. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dr. Linda Resar, a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been studying high mobility group genes for two decades. Her passion for research began nearly 30 years ago at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Mar 18 - MCW scientists Dr. David Dimmock, Howard Jacob, PhD, and Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, challenge the findings of a Stanford University report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that says that technology is not yet to the point to provide patients with accurate, useful information derived from DNA tests. The Scientist & San Francisco Gate
Mar 13 - The Scientist reports on a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which researchers at Stanford report difficulties in using whole genome sequencing as a tool to detect disease risk in healthy adults. The Scientist
Mar 11 - In a commentary published in the American Journal of Bioethics, Kimberly Strong, PhD, and Thomas May, PhD, write that parents are best-suited to make decisions about what genetic testing results are provided to children and their families. Health Canal
Mar. 11 - Technology often outpaces ethical discussions; this has become evident in the current recommendations around next-generation genomic testing and the way in which results are handled for pediatric patients.
Mar 5 - Howard Jacob, PhD, received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to evaluate human genetic variants contributing to end-stage renal disease. Health News Digest
Mar 5 - The Washington Post reports on the success of the MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin whole genome sequencing program. The Washington Post
Feb. 27 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to evaluate human genetic variants contributing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure.
Feb 25 - A story in the Washington Post profiles the whole genome sequencing program at MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. David Dimmock, MD, was interviewed in the piece. The Washington Post
Feb 25 - Howard Jacob, PhD, authored a commentary in MIT Technology Review noting that as costs come down, more patients will benefit from genome-wide sequencing. MIT Technology Review
Feb 18 - In a feature report in advance of the Steve Cullen Annual Healthy Heart Club Run and Walk, Dr. Ulrich Broeckel discusses his cardiovascular research studies with ABC-TV/Channel 12. WISN-TV
Feb 18 - The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to support genetic research to help diagnose and treat children with rare diseases. Milwaukee Courier
Feb 18 - Howard Jacob, PhD, was awarded a five-year, $8.7 million NIH grant to create 200 breeds of specially-engineered rats to be used to study the genetics of human disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Feb. 17 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in Los Angeles to support genetic research and testing. A team of researchers and physicians from Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will develop a test system using gene editing to generate and functionally test the variant of interest.
Feb. 13 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a five-year, $8.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to create 200 gene-targeted rat models to study the genetics of human disease.
Feb 12 - A WISN-TV news story profiles the work of Ulrich Broeckel, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute. WISN-TV
Feb 12 - MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are collaborating with Boston Children’s Hospital on the first pharmacogenomics study to use genetic information to predict if a child will have a reaction to medications, and ultimately develop individualized therapy for patients. Health Canal & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Feb. 05 - Aiming to reduce adverse drug reactions—which affect some 70,000 children annually in the U.S.1—a study at Boston Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is using genetic information to predict children’s reactions to medications, ultimately enabling clinicians to select a more individualized therapy for the patient.
Jan 16 - Robert Lane, MD, discusses the field of epigenetics on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM-FM
Jan 7 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 2013 list of the top 10 “Big Ideas” from Wisconsin research labs includes two MCW projects. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan 3 - MCW’s genomics clinic and a new test for bloodstream infections were both dubbed “Big Ideas of 2013” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec 18 - Bio-IT World reports on Elizabeth Worthey’s, PhD, presentation at the 2013 Clinical Genomics & Informatics meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Bio-It World
Dec 6 - Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, reports on an MCW/Children’s study published in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders that identified genes responsible for childhood apraxia. WUWM-FM
Nov 26 - Dr. David Dimmock describes the life-saving efforts employed to treat a baby transferred to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with an undiagnosed disorder. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov 26 - Television stations nationwide aired an Associated Press video report on the availability of complete genome sequencing from MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. WSB-TV
Nov 26 - The British Broadcast Company is among news organizations worldwide reporting on David Wilcox’s, PhD, successful treatment of hemophilia in dogs using gene therapy. BBC News
Nov 22 - The Associated Press produced a national news story highlighting the genomics program at MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Associated Press
Nov 19 - Genetics counselor Jenny Geurts discusses genetic testing on WTMJ-AM. 620WTMJ News Radio
Nov 19 - Howard Jacob, PhD, describes the importance of preparing physicians on how they may use genetics to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients in a Becker’s Hospital Review article on the recent U.S. News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow forum. Becker's Hospital Review
Nov 19 - MCW Postdoctoral Fellow Ryan Liegel, PhD, co-authored a study with a colleague from the University of Edinburgh in the American Journal of Human Genetics that identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Science Daily
Nov 18 - Dr. David Dimmock, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics), discusses the case of a baby boy who was treated at Children’s Hospital for a rare metabolic disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nov. 18 - A collaborative team of researchers led by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Edinburgh has identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Patients with Warburg Micro syndrome are severely physically and mentally challenged, unable to learn how to walk or speak and become blind and paralyzed from an early age.
Nov 12 - Dr. Jacob notes that those people who are genetically predisposed to avoid exercise need to find the right motivation to maintain a fitness regimen. 620WTMJ News Radio
Nov 12 - Howard Jacob, PhD, told participants in U.S. News & World Report’s Hospital of Tomorrow Forum that the time is near when patients will arrive at doctors’ offices with their genome mapped out on an iPad. U.S. News & World Report
Nov 8 - Howard Jacob, PhD, will participate in U.S. News & World Report’s “Hospital of Tomorrow” online forum, November 4-6. He will discuss, “The Push to Personalize Medicine.” U.S. News & World Report
Nov 8 - Howard Jacob, PhD, comments on research that suggests a “couch potato gene” could be partially responsible for reticence to exercise in some people. WTMJ-TV
Nov 6 - Howard Jacob, PhD, participated in a panel discussion about the future of personalized medicine and genomics at the US News & World Report “Hospital of Tomorrow” Forum. US News & World Report
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