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Rat Genome Database Receives $8 Million Renewal Grant

Feb. 23 - The Rat Genome Database, based at MCW, received a four-year, $8 million renewal grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Howard Jacob, PhD is primary investigator for the Rat Genome Database, which has received more than $35 million since 1999. In 2014, the database was accessed by more than 180,000 users in 190 countries. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Health News Digest

Dr. Derse Advises Caution, More Study before Allowing Three-Parent Babies

Feb. 18 - In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dr. Arthur Derse recommends caution and further study before human studies are conducted on genetic modification of human embryos, so-called three-parent babies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MCW bioethicist discusses controversial “three-parent baby” proposal

Feb. 9 - Art Derse, MD, JD, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, says caution is warranted in Great Britain’s proposal to allow “three-parent babies” to be created. The controversial proposal involves genetic manipulation of eggs to eliminate mitochondrial disease from embryos before implantation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Xiong Discovers Gene Associated with Lung Cancer

Feb. 3 - Donghai Xiong, PhD was lead author of a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics that identified a gene associated with lung cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 Now and Science Daily

Cancer Center researchers link Parkinson’s gene to lung cancer

Jan. 29 - Donghai Xiong, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at MCW; and Ming You, MD, PhD, the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Professor of Oncogenesis and Director of the Cancer Center, have linked a gene associated with Parkinson’s Disease to familial lung cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Parkinson’s gene linked to lung cancer

Jan. 29 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with other colleagues of the Genetic Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Consortium (GELCC), have identified a gene that is associated with lung cancer.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cites Pioneering Work in Genome Sequencing

Dec. 11 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that doctors at Children's Mercy Kansas City have found that genome sequencing can lead to the diagnosis of neurologic and developmental disorders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Michael E. Mitchell Named 2014 Health Care Hero

Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times

Dr. Strong Discusses Ethical Issues Related to Genetic Information

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

MCW Part of University of Chicago-Led Consortium Studying Drug Abuse-Associated Behaviors

Oct. 15 - MCW is a collaborating partner in a new University of Chicago-led consortium studying drug abuse.

Dr. Prokop Receives Grant through NIH’s “Big Data to Knowledge” Project

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

MCW researcher receives funding from new “Big Data to Knowledge” initiative

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.

Editorial Cites Pioneering Work in Genome Sequencing

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

Human & Molecular Genetics Center Awarded $2.5 Million NIH Grant for Genome Sequencing

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

Dr. Geurts to Discuss Engineered Proteins to Modify Animal Genomes

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

Human and Molecular Genetics Center selected to run Undiagnosed Disease Network sequencing center

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.

Yale Genome Sequencing Study Builds on MCW’s Pioneering Research

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

Dr. Woods Identifies New Gene Associated with Traits Involved in Diabetes

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

Drug discovery and genetic engineering: Science Café series scheduled

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.

Researchers discover new gene responsible for traits involved in diabetes

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.

Dr. Broeckel Calls CDI Stem Cell Automation Process as Major Advancement

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

Stem cell patent to benefit MCW research

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

Dr. Medhora is Co-Founder of Personal Genomics Clinic in India

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

Dr. Dimmock Discusses Impact of Genome Sequencing for Identifying Rare Diseases

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

Volker Case Cited in Report on NIH Initiative to Study Rare, Undiagnosed Diseases

July 07 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the NIH is launching a $43 million initiative to study rare, undiagnosed diseases. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Researcher receives grant to study genes involved in PHACE syndrome

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.

MCW Genomics program highlighted in national news story

June 19 - The genomics program at MCW, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, was highlighted in a Reuters news story. Reuters

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Awards Grants to Three Researchers

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

Genomics and Ethics Conference Slated for May 19 at Italian Community Center

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

Brain and spinal cord Injury research programs at VA

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.

Registration open for May 19 Genomics & Ethics Symposium

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.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Profiles Jaime Wendt Andrae

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

Former Fashion Photographer Delivers the Henry Howe Chan Memorial Lecture in Bioethics

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

Worn Down by Health Problems, Woman Discovers Art of Living

Apr 7 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a local woman living with a common genetic disorder called 22q. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alumna Profile-Linda Resar

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.

Drs. Dimmock, Jacob, and Worthy Challenge JAMA Study Questioning Accuracy of DNA Tests

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

Whole Genome Growing Pains

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

Bioethicists Suggest that Parents Best-Equipped to Decide on Genetic Test Discussions

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

Parents best equipped to make decisions on genetic testing, return of results

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.

Dr. Jacob Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Evaluate Genetic Variants in Kidney Disease

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

Patient Success Stories Cited in Feature on Whole Genome Sequencing Clinic

Mar 5 - The Washington Post reports on the success of the MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin whole genome sequencing program. The Washington Post

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