UC San Francisco to use $11.7M grant for new precision medicine program

UC San Francisco researchers are using an $11.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to launch the Program in Prenatal and Pediatric Genomic Sequencing.

Via the program, UCSF will recruit 1,100 families with children with potential prenatal or pediatric genetic disorders. UCSF will select these families from diverse backgrounds, including medically underserved communities.

The program will provide participants with genomic assessments and genetic counseling. They will also study the long-term effects of providing genetic sequencing to these participants, and they will develop software for displaying genetic data in community clinics. The program aims to strengthen equity in the implementation of precision medicine in San Francisco and its surrounding communities.

The funding for the program is part of the $18.9 million NIH is giving to accelerate genome sequencing use at six clinical care sites across the country.

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