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Translational Medicine and Human Genetics

The Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics within the Department of Medicine is a home to faculty performing research in these disciplines and is intended to help facilitate research in these areas through the DOM. Translational medicine is a term used to describe the "translation" of laboratory research findings into proof of concept in humans, ultimately leading to advances in the diagnosis, prediction, and treatment of disease. Human genetics encompasses the study of human genetic variation and its impact on health and disease. Medical genetics is a field that has traditionally focused on the clinical management of single–gene Mendelian disorders, but is increasingly focused on common complex disorders with strong genetic components. There are very substantial interrelationships between translational medicine and human genetics.

The primary goals of The Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics are:

  1. Serve as a nidus for faculty in the Department of Medicine–and the School of Medicine––engaged in research in the areas of translational medicine and human genetics.
  2. Provide certain "resources" for the DOM related to translational medicine and human genetics, including:
    1. Biobanking infrastructure (including the relevant applied informatics);
    2. A clinical research unit to assist junior faculty members in the DOM with initiating and implementing clinical trials and research protocols.
  3. Serve as a home for clinical activity within the DOM in the areas of Medical Genetics and Personalized Medicine.
  4. Highlight and promote educational and training opportunities in the areas of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics as well as Human/Medical Genetics within the DOM and the SOM.

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