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: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit hudsonalpha.org.

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.