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National Human Genome Research Institute Awards $54 Million in Support of Three Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) recently granted $54 million in support of three Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS), with each Center receiving $18 million. Started in 2001, the CEGS program is a multi-institutional collaboration dedicated to the advancement of genomic research. The grants, which will span 5 years, will serve to renew funding for two existing CEGS at Yale University and the University of Washington, Seattle, and to establish one new center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Dr. Marianne Bronner-Fraser will lead a research team at the newly created Center for In Toto Genomic Analysis of Vertebrate Development at the California Institute of Technology. The Center will seek to develop imaging technologies and produce results that will further research into the impact of genetics and environment on developmental disorders. A team of investigators, led by Dr. Deirdre R. Meldrum, at the University of Washington's Microscale Life Sciences Center will work to develop tiny, automated systems to monitor differences between healthy and diseased cells. Specifically, the University of Washington Center aims to apply its technological advances to investigate the balance between cell growth and cell death. Dr. Michael P. Snyder and his research team at the Yale Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences will build on their previous work toward creating technologies for detecting areas of the genome critical to biologic functions. Additionally, the Yale CEGS will work to integrate advancements from the previous funding period with current work, with the goal of outlining the regulatory steps involved in inflammation. Other participants in the CEGS program include Roger Brent, PhD, Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley, CA; George Church, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Andrew Feinberg, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore (this CEGS is cofunded by NHGRI and the National Institute of …

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