ABOUT THE CENTER FOR GENOMIC MEDICINE

Societies around the world face common challenges, primary nurturing people’s health and securing food, energy and water supplies. An understanding of plants and organisms, tissues, cells, and DNA, as well as the environment’s influence on them, is potentially transformative knowledge that can be applied to these challenges. Today, this understanding can be achieved at unprecedented speed and levels of resolution, thanks to more than two decades of investment by philanthropists and governments in the life sciences field of genomics.

Genomics – the study of a living organism’s entire genetic makeup – help us understand the onset and progression of disease, increase our understanding of complex disorders and thereby enables new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

For this reason, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology created the Center for Genomic Medicine. The Center brings together specialists from across its partner institutions to accelerate discoveries in genomics and propel these discoveries into clinical practice to develop true personalized therapies and cures.

About HudsonAlpha: The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology represents more than $200M of investments in genomics capability made over the past six years, thanks to the generosity of private philanthropists and the state of Alabama. HudsonAlpha is a non-profit organization with the mission to translate the promise of genomics into all practical realms: medical, agricultural, energy and environmental, educational, and commercial. The Institute houses in its facilities a unique blend of nonprofit scientists and for-profit entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who share know-how and challenges across organizational boundaries—an arrangement designed to accelerate commercialization. HudsonAlpha has a unique concentration of genomics expertise, technologies and infrastructure and collaborates and partners with medical schools, research universities and with the global biotechnology industry.

About the UAB School of Medicine: With more than 800 students and 1,200 faculty members, the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of the premiere academic medical centers in the United States. UAB is among the top schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and is routinely listed among the best in various national rankings. As the educational arm of UAB Medicine, students, residents and fellows train in a world-class setting; UAB Hospital’s 1,200 beds places it in among the largest hospitals in the country. Doctoral students in UAB’s Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program participate in interdisciplinary thematic programs that integrate more than 25 departments and 20 research centers across UAB. The UAB School of Medicine: knowledge that will change your world.

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