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2018

Renowned Scientists Join Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine Scientific Advisory Board

San Diego—Jan. 3, 2018 – The Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) is pleased to announce that six influential life science researchers have been recruited to serve on the Institute’s inaugural Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). “Each of these brilliant scientists is an authority in their respective field,” said Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, president and CEO […]

January 3, 2018

2017

Clinical Grade Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing Now Offered at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine

San Diego – November 17, 2017 – Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) is now licensed and certified to perform clinical grade diagnostic testing to decode the DNA of babies and children with rare genetic disorders. Rapid whole genome sequencing (rWGS) is being deployed under clinical research studies being conducted by scientists at the […]

November 17, 2017

Research Finds Zika Infection May Affect Adult Brain Cells, Suggesting Risk Might Not Be Limited to Pregnant Women

Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among […]

August 6, 2017

Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine Expands Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing to Children’s Minnesota

San Diego/Minneapolis, Minn. – July 11, 2017 – Uniting to advance pediatric precision medicine, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine has signed an agreement with Children’s Minnesota to provide Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS) to more effectively treat critically ill infants in Children’s Minnesota’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

July 11, 2017

Expanded Use of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing for Critically Ill Babies in Orange County

Collaboration between two Southern California Children’s Hospitals Aimed at Advancing Precision Medicine San Diego – June 20, 2017 – In the first outreach beyond San Diego County, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) has signed an agreement with CHOC Children’s (CHOC) to provide rapid whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to help critically ill […]

June 20, 2017

Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Partner to Speed Diagnosis of Rare Genetic Disorders in Newborns

SAN DIEGO & NEW HAVEN, CONN – May 16, 2017—The Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) today announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the diagnosis of critically-ill newborns with rare genetic disorders. The collaboration combines the Institute’s genomic research expertise with Alexion data science and bioinformatics capabilities to […]

May 16, 2017

Pediatric Neurogeneticist Wins National Award for Contributions to Neuroscience

San Diego–May 08, 2017—The Director of Neurodevelopmental Genetics and endowed chair at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine Joseph Gleeson, M.D., is the first recipient of the Constance Lieber Prize for Innovation in Developmental Neuroscience. The award recognizes transformative contributions in developmental neuroscience leading to new treatments by an investigator under 55 years of age. […]

May 8, 2017

Noted Sanford Burnham Prebys Scientist Joins Forces with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine to Help Fight Childhood Brain Cancer

Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD, named program director for Neuro-Oncology San Diego – March 20, 2017 – Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) announced that Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD, has been named program director for the Joseph Clayes III Research Center for Neuro-Oncology and Genomics at RCIGM. Wechsler-Reya, a professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute […]

March 20, 2017

Genomic Sequencing Identifies Gene Variant for Kawasaki Disease Susceptibility

Rady Children’s, UC San Diego Researchers Use Novel Whole Genome Sequencing Kawasaki disease (KD) is the most common acquired heart disease in children. Untreated, roughly one-quarter of children with KD develop coronary artery aneurysms—balloon-like bulges of heart vessels – that may ultimately result in heart attacks, congestive heart failure or sudden death. The causative agent […]

February 2, 2017

2016

Rady Children’s One of Six Children’s Hospitals Uniting to Improve Pediatric Health

Sanford Children’s Genomic Medicine Consortium integrates genomic care, advances research, educational efforts San Diego – Sept. 14, 2016 – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is one of six founding children’s hospitals that has signed an agreement to form the Sanford Children’s Genomic Medicine Consortium, a cutting-edge collaboration of children’s hospitals inspired by the vision of philanthropist […]

September 14, 2016