The National Human Genome Research Institute, which is part of National Institutes of Health, has awarded two grants to Department of Medicine faculty that will total about $9 million over five years.

Nine Department of Medicine faculty were recognized with awards at the School of Medicine's annual Spring Faculty Meeting on May 8. 

A team of infectious disease and genomics faculty in the Department of Medicine has been fine-tuning a test that can determine whether a respiratory illness is caused by infection from a virus or bacteria so that antibiotics can be more precisely prescribed. The research was published in the January 20 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, professor of medicine (Cardiology) and director of the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine, will speak at the White House’s Champions of Change for Precision Medicine event today.

"I was asked to give one of five presentations to speak about platforms that engage patients for precision medicine," said Dr. Ginsburg. will announce plans to make the MeTree family medical history software widely available.

Ginsburg is a member of the President's Precision Medicine Initiative.  

The new Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine will build on existing initiatives to promote translational genomics and medicine within the Department of Medicine and across the university.

“The Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine aims to accelerate the application of innovative approaches to disease detection and characterization in order to improve patient outcomes,” said Geoff Ginsburg, MD, PhD, director of the new center.

The placement of the center in the Department of Medicine is strategic and deliberate, he said. It’s meant to catalyze innovation in genomics and medicine and to quicken the pace at which genomic medicine and personalized care is woven into the fabric of the department’s three missions.


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