Philadelphia, Dec. 6, 2011 – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of five U.S. centers, and the only one focusing on pediatrics, to receive a new four-year Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Project award. Children’s Hospital will receive $2.2 million per year for four years. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announced the grant as part of an intensified focus on the medical applications of its flagship Genome Sequencing Program.
The grant recipients are forming a consortium to define social and ethical issues associated with clinical sequencing, and to propose guidelines on sharing, interpreting and using this genetic information. Much of the consortium’s work will focus on guiding physicians and genetic counselors in interpreting data for families and patients.
As part of the grant, CBMi’s project “Sequencing, Analysis and Interpretation of Sequencing Data” aims to build a framework for systematically assessing the gene sequence data we collect, to integrate the data with medical care.