- Genome sequencing for critically ill infants – Approximately 2-3% of children are born with genetic abnormalities. Studies have shown the benefits of rapid genome sequencing to quickly diagnose genetic defects in decreasing infant mortality and the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) stays, as well as positive long-term health and economic outcomes. The recently established UPMC Genome Center will sequence the genomes of 100 children receiving care at NICUs at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital.
- Genomics education and training for health care providers – Rapid evolution in the field of genomics has outpaced medical education, resulting in a knowledge gap among front-line health care practitioners. Building upon the award-winning Test2LearnTM platform developed by Pitt and UPMC experts, the grants will develop additional training modules and educate 140 front-line providers on how to evaluate and interpret whole genome sequencing based clinical tests.
- Translating precision medicine research to market – In partnership with sciVelo at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute, the IPM will identify, fund and chaperone translational research pilot projects with a focus on precision medicine. The Innovation Institute’s commercialization team of licensing managers and executives-in-residence will advance the developed projects toward intellectual property protection, licensing and new company creation.