The conference and training room at the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine has been named in honor of Jan Smith, supporter of the HudsonAlpha Foundation and the research being done at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
Smith, founder of Huntsville technical solutions company S3, Inc., supports many Huntsville community organizations with her philanthropy. This new gift supports genomic medicine at the Smith Family Clinic.
Smith explained her reason for the $250,000 gift to the clinic.
“If you only have research and you don’t use that research for the betterment of the community, you research in a vacuum,” said Jan Smith. “The beauty of HudsonAlpha and the clinic is they have a purpose to educate – they do the research and they share it to improve the quality of life.”
Smith Family Clinic, powered by HudsonAlpha, Children’s of Alabama and UAB Medicine, is located on HudsonAlpha’s campus. The clinic uses whole genome sequencing to analyze rare, undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease cases.
“The Jan Smith training and conference room is essential to our clinic,” said Dr. David Bick, geneticist and chief medical officer for the clinic. “We are able to gather as a clinic team, plan patient visits, discuss result outcomes and deliver results to families in that space.”
“There are not a lot of things that you can contribute to that you feel will improve people’s lives,” said Smith. “There are lots of things that I do in the community that add joy and serenity or excitement, but adding quality of life is here at the clinic and HudsonAlpha.”