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Sanford Health Collaborates with Florida Hospital on Gene Sequencing Project

Mar 26, 2017 06:21PM ● By The Hood Magazine

Sanford Health and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami have unveiled plans to sequence the genes of nearly 1,000 Latino and Hispanic people as part of the Nicklaus Children’s Personalized Medicine Initiative.

Genomic medicine focuses on the use of genetic and genomic information to personalize patient care. Once the sequencing project is done, it will be easier to characterize and interpret gene variances which may predispose a person to certain diseases or predict their likely response to a particular medication.

“This program will allow us to better understand, and then help serve the Latino and Hispanic communities,” says Dr. Catherine Hajek, MD, of Sanford Health.

The information gained in the project will be used to help build a database of common genomes in underrepresented populations and also look for rare diseases.

“Bringing these two organizations together will help Sanford diversify its work and research with genomic medicine,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health.

To launch the initiative, Sanford Health and philanthropist Denny Sanford, a long-time friend of Jack Nicklaus for whom the Miami hospital is named, have jointly given $7 million.