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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.

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IHG Welcomes Presidential Scholar

Wylie Burke, MD, PhDWylie Burke, PhD, MD, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, has been named the 2013–14 UCSF Presidential Chair. The IHG serves as one of Professor Burke’s hosts for this Chair, awarded to encourage new, interdisciplinary program development.

Burke is one of the preeminent scholars examining the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of advances in human genetics, particularly the translation of novel genomic technologies from the bench to the clinic.

She received a PhD in Genetics and an MD from the University of Washington. Professor Burke is a member of the Institute of Medicine, past President of the American Society of Human Genetics, and former Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on the Translation of Genome-based Research for Health. She is also the founding director of the University of Washington’s Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

While at UCSF, Professor Burke will give a series of lectures (the Presidential Chair Lecture Series) the week of May 5, 2014, teach an inter-disciplinary course “Challenges in ‘Precision’ Genomic Medicine and Public Health,” in the Spring Quarter 2014, and participate in seminars and working groups sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente / UCSF Center for Transdiciplinary ELSI Research in Translational Genomics (CT2G).

To contact Professor Burke, write to info@ct2g.org

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