Using the newest molecular methods to understand how medical disorders are inherited, physician-scientists like Dr. Peter Hulick, Interim Director of the Center for Medical Genetics, are helping patients to understand - and manage - their risk for disease. With a grant from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, NorthShore has established a center for genetic tumor profiling, using micro-array technology to find a tumor's Achilles heel and the best combination of agents to use against it. Additional initiatives aim to prevent and treat a range of neuro-degenerative and cardiovascular diseases, and to create customized screening and prevention protocols for members of at-risk families.
Dr. Pablo Gejman, is an internationally prominent researcher who discovered an important gene for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He leads the Center for Psychiatric Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Gejman received one of the largest NIH research grants awarded to a psychiatrist in the U.S. His main areas of interest are clinical and biological inherited factors in major psychiatric disorders, molecular genetic diversity, and psychopharmacology and pharmacogenetics.
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