The UCSF Institute for Human Genetics (IHG) serves as the hub for all activities in human genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.

OUR MISSION is to create an exciting, productive, and collaborative environment for research, training, and clinical application in human genetics.

Our faculty span all four schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy), and many departments within those schools, reflecting the broad importance of human genetics both in basic scientific research and in modern day health care. The sequencing of the human genome, accompanied in recent years with the dramatic reduction in cost for obtaining an individual’s genome sequence, augurs a new era in translational human genetics, impacting not only rare, Mendelian diseases but effectively all diseases affecting the human population. The IHG and its members intend to be in the forefront of these transformational developments.


Big Data and Genomics: Revolutionizing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease

Big Data and Genomics: Revolutionizing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease

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The IHG is pleased to co-sponsor this World Affairs Council Business Forum, featuring IHG faculty member Robert L. Nussbaum, MD.

Next-generation genomics can be described as the combination of sequencing technologies and big data analytics. The potential impact of this disruptive technology in health care will be primarily realized through extending and enhancing lives through faster disease detection, more precise diagnoses, new drugs, and more tailored disease treatments. The technical challenges inherent in genetic engineering technology are great but may be less formidable than the social, ethical, and regulatory concerns it may generate. Please join us for a discussion of the possibilities and the challenges of next-generation genomics and implications for health care worldwide.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 6:30 — 8:00 PM

UCSF faculty, staff, and students can attend for FREE if you RSVP HERE using the code: UCSFGENOMICS (ID must be presented at event)


Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA


Robert Nussbaum — Chief, Department of Medicine & UCSF Institute for Human Genetics, UCSF

Timothy Behrens — Senior Staff Scientist and Director, Human Genetics, Genentech

Francis deSouza — President, Illumina Corporation


Michael Chui — Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

This is a World Affairs Council event and is sponsored by the IHG, UCSF, and BayBio

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