Directors from the National Human Genomic Research Institute met with leaders and participants in the UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Postdoctoral Training Program on Friday, February 16, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The visiting group included Teri Manolio, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Genomic Medicine; Tina Gatlin, PhD, Program Director of the Training and Career Development Program; and Heather Colley, MS, Program Director of the Division of Genomic Medicine, all at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Continue reading “NHGRI visits UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Training Program”
We are excited to invite you to our annual UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium on May 23, 2018 at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Symposium will showcase the synergistic partnerships between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. At the Symposium, you will have an opportunity to learn more about how you can leverage the Center’s synergistic approach to genomics, hear talks from UAB and HudsonAlpha specialists in genomic medicine and have an opportunity to tour the HudsonAlpha facility and use the collaborative space to network with your colleagues.
To register click here, an agenda is forthcoming and, we look forward to having you at the Symposium!
Congratulations to Anita Hjelmeland, Ph.D., who received a R01 to study the role of the GCH1 pathway in glioma growth and brain tumor initiating cell (BTIC) phenotypes.
Dr. Hjelmeland is an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology and awardee of the 2015 UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) Pilot Grant. Her laboratory (https://www.uab.edu/medicine/cdib/hjelmeland-lab) seeks to better understand and explore treatments for glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is the most common primary brain tumor in adults and a disease for which there is currently no cure. Continue reading “CGM Pilot Grant Recipient Receives NIH-R01”
In October 2017, Dr. Bruce Korf, co-director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, was appointed Chief Genomic Officer, UAB Medicine, to lead the clinical implementation of precision medicine. Dr. Korf is also co-director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine with Richard Myers, PhD, who is president and science director of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Check out our Q&A with Dr. Korf, the newly appointed Chief Genomic Officer, UAB Medicine:
CGM: What is the most significant change of your role at UAB, and what opportunities are you most excited about?
Dr. Korf: The most significant change is that my purview now is all of UAB Medicine, which extends to all departments and clinical programs; in the past my focus was specifically on the Department of Genetics. Genomic approaches can contribute to all areas of medicine, so I am excited to be taking on this broad charge in UAB Medicine. Continue reading “An interview with CGM co-director Bruce Korf, MD, PhD”
Genome Gateway™ offers web-based education and communication resources
A clinical education software platform developed by the Educational Outreach team will be used for a National Institutes of Health-funded research project at HudsonAlpha. The SouthSeq project will investigate how genome sequencing can help with the diagnosis and care of babies in neonatal intensive care units across the Southeast. Participants and their physicians will use Genome Gateway™, which manages interactions between genomic medicine patients and clinicians. In Genome Gateway™, which is hosted on a HIPAA-compliant server, parents or family members will be able to engage in educational activities throughout their participation in the project. Continue reading “HudsonAlpha clinical education tool to be used for NIH-funded research project”
Please join us Wednesday, February 7, at 12:00 pm in HudsonAlpha Auditorium for the next presentation in the Genomic Medicine Series, presented by the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine.
J. Nicholas Cochran, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will discuss “Whole Genome Sequencing for Families with Early-Onset Neurologic Diseases: A UAB-HudsonAlpha Collaboration”
Nadiya Sosonkina, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Alabama at Birmingham will discuss “Rare diseases: Diverse approaches to improve diagnosis”
Alabama families seeking genomic testing will have more options than ever before in 2018, thanks to a number of new initiatives and research projects across the state. At HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology alone, more than 1000 people have undergone diagnostic genomic sequencing in the last several years; in 2018, new and ongoing projects will push that number to 1500 or more. That’s on top of the 100,000+ samples already sequenced through HudsonAlpha’s Genomic Services Lab.
Please join us Wednesday, November 8, at 3 pm in conference room 1016 for the next presentation in the Genomic Medicine/Bioethics Seminar Series, presented by the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine.
Tom May, PhD, Research Faculty Investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will discuss “Public Health/FDA concerns about risk assessment”
Continue reading “Genomic Medicine / Bioethics Seminar Series, presented by the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine to feature Tom May, PhD, HudsonAlpha”
A core mission of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), established in 2014 is to leverage the potential synergy between UAB School of Medicine (SOM) and the technological infrastructure and expertise at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to make important contributions in the area of genomic medicine. Over the past two years, the CGM has funded six internal pilot projects led cooperatively by Principal Investigators at each institution. This effort has been successful from the perspective of providing a platform for developing new projects, new collaborations, and securing external funding.
This year, the CGM launched a new granting program which initiated the development of systems and/or diseases oriented working groups with the aim to create research projects, which will integrate genetics and genomics and impact the discipline substantially. The new granting program is another stride toward advancing CGM’s core mission and benefitting many investigators at UAB SOM.
Toward these goals, the UAB-HudsonAlpha CGM has awarded three pilot grants to collaborative working groups. Each working group received grant funding of $75,000 for the project period Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2018. Find out more about each of the projects below. Continue reading “The Center for Genomic Medicine awards third annual CGM grants”
Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D. has been appointed to lead clinical implementation of precision medicine at UAB as Chief Genomics Officer for UAB Medicine, effective October 1.
In this role, Korf, Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics, will work with the UAB Hospital, UAB Health System, clinical department chairs and program and center directors to establish clinical programs in precision medicine, including defining the initial focus priorities as well as the implementation timeline.
Korf joined UAB in 2003 as chair of the Department of Genetics and since then has added other responsibilities, including director of the Howell and Elizabeth Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences; co-director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine; and co-director of the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative. Continue reading “Dr. Korf, co-director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, named UAB Medicine’s Chief Genomics Officer”