Deep within our bodies lies a complex set of instructions that form the sum total of our genetic inheritance - the human genome. Within the genes of affected individuals are programmed common inherited traits like myopia, and rare, devastating conditions like cystic fibrosis or colon cancer. Learning to understand the mechanism of inherited conditions or diseases caused by genetic mutation is to move toward halting them. To make the most of such possibilities, Johns Hopkins - where medical genetics began - has created its McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. Here, under one giant umbrella, leading physicians and scientists are forging pathways to new findings, applying their discoveries to patients with devastating conditions and shaping tomorrow's geneticists.You too can contribute to the ongoing research that will change the way we treat, manage and potentially cure diseases like cancer, Alzhiemers and arthritis. Your contributions will allow the researchers and educators at Johns Hopkins ensure that the work in the Institute of Genetic Medicine-the home of medical genetics-continues to improve our understanding of disease.
To learn more about how your contribution can assist the Institute contact our Director: Dr. David Valle