Research Matters is a quarterly newsletter from the Children's Foundation Research Institute.
Biorepository enters third year, opens to investigators
The Biorepository and Integrative Genomics Initiative (BIG), UTHSC’s spearhead into Precision Medicine, is entering its third full year, having thus far signed up more than 7,200 participants and archived over 4,000 genomic DNA samples. BIG’s expanded access to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital inpatient and outpatient center populations has raised average enrollment to 500 new participants per month, which should accelerate the numbers of samples suitable for investigating a wider array of conditions and phenotypes.
Towbin named 'Distinguished Scientist' by American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) honored Jeffery A. Towbin as a 2017 Distinguished Scientist. The award was presented during the Opening Session of the 2017 AHA Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, Calif., and recognizes Towbin’s significant, original and sustained contributions that have advanced AHA’s mission of improving cardiovascular health.
CFOM donates $1 million, names Chair of Excellence
The Children’s Foundation of Memphis recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and announced a $1 million donation to endow a chair of excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. John DeVincenzo, MD, is the first holder of the Children’s Foundation of Memphis Chair of Excellence. DeVincenzo’s investigative focus is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and his lab is at the leading edge of research in this area.