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NYU School of Medicine Joins Unprecedented Collaboration to Launch State-Of-The-Art New York Genome Center

New York Genome Center First of Its Kind in New York City

NYU School of Medicine is one of 11 institutional founding members of a public-private coalition of leading universities, medical centers, technology partners and private philanthropists for the creation of the New York Genome Center (NYGC). The center, an unprecedented collaborative venture in genomic medicine, was officially unveiled in a ceremony at Frank Gehry’s ICA Building in Manhattan on November 3, 2011, and will be one of the largest genomic facilities in North America.

In less than a decade, the field of genomics has emerged as one of the most important areas in the biological sciences providing fundamental discoveries concerning human genetics and the origin of human diseases. This field has also enabled key discoveries that have impacted human health, including the development of biomarkers for prognostic, diagnostic, and therapeutic initiatives and drug discovery.

The NYGC will unite researchers from across New York City with the common goal to significantly accelerate progress toward a new era of genomic research that has the potential to have a profound impact on patient care and clinical outcomes in the near future. NYU School of Medicine’s participation in this partnership demonstrates its ongoing commitment to enhancing basic and translational research opportunities in genetics and genomics and to making world-class contributions that place service to human health at the center of an academic culture devoted to excellence in research, patient care, and education.

“This phenomenal center presents an exciting and unique opportunity to take science to new heights,” said Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, senior vice president and vice dean for Science, Chief Scientific Officer at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Through the NYGC, researches at the medical center will collaborate with their colleagues on campus and across the metro area in a more expansive mode to address projects that were previously unapproachable.”

NYU School of Medicine brings to the NYGC a rich history and distinguished tradition of pioneering research and takes deep pride in the passion, energy, dedication, and intellectual curiosity that its exceptional faculty bring to all that they do. The medical center boasts scientists who have produced groundbreaking discoveries, some of which have led to Nobel Prizes, and all of which have helped advance the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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