About Us : About the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

About the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) is proud to be a part of UHealth-University of Miami Health Systems and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Visit the HIHG website: www.hihg.org

The HIHG was established at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in January 2007 to discover the genetic influences on human health and apply this knowledge to the practice of medicine through improved diagnostics, treatments, and medications, thus translating the unprecedented scientific advance of the “Human Genome Project” into information that can benefit patients directly. The Institute is committed to collaborative pan-institutional initiatives, ensuring that resources, skills, and ideas forthcoming from novel genetic and genomic approaches will be made available to the entire medical community. For more information about the HIHG, please visit www.hihg.org.

Our Mission

One of the major focuses of HIHG is to identify genes involved in human diseases and explain the effects of genes in human health. We want to utilize genetic knowledge for the diagnosis, intervention and prevention of disease, thus developing new approaches to assist in gathering information critical to targeted patient care. In recent years, the fields of genetics and genomics have grown rapidly compared to other areas of medicine. The current field of genetics extends far beyond traditionally recognized single-gene disorders such as Huntington Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Cystic Fibrosis and includes complex common human diseases and disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Understanding the complicated interactions of multi-gene disorders and environmental factors may provide the foundation for further development of genomic medicine. This may help lead to better targeted therapies for genetic disorders and diseases.

Our Research

The faculty and staff at the HIHG focus their research on the identification of genes involved in various human diseases and disorders. Our studies range from neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson and Alzheimer disease to disorders like autism and Asperger syndrome. We also study opthalmologic genetic disorders, such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. The neurological disorders include Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, neural tube defects, thrombotic storm, and trichotillomania. For more information about the individual studies, please click on the links below:

´╗┐If you are interested in learning more about any of these studies or participating in a study, please contact us at 1-877-686-6444 or email: hihginfo@med.miami.edu. We will contact you with information about our studies.