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McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine | Department of Genetic Medicine


Department of Genetic Medicine

The McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine | Department of Genetic Medicine seeks to further the understanding of human heredity and genetic medicine and use that knowledge to treat and prevent disease.

The Department of Genetic Medicine is working to consolidate all relevant teaching, patient care and research in human and medical genetics at Johns Hopkins to provide national and international leadership in genetic medicine. The Department of Genetic Medicine serves as a focal point for interactions between diverse investigators to promote the application of genetic discoveries to human disease and genetics education to the public. It builds upon past strengths and further develops expertise in the areas of genomics, developmental genetics and complex disease genetics. The Department of Genetic Medicine works to catalyze the spread of human genetic perspectives to other related disciplines by collaboration with other departments within Johns Hopkins.

There are more than 300 dedicated employees in the Department of Genetic Medicine, fulfilling the Johns Hopkins tripartite mission of research, teaching and patient care. They include 45 full-time faculty, 15 residents, more than 70 graduate students and 200 staff. 

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Patient Care
Learn about our clinical services including newborn screening, diagnostic evaluation, genetic counseling are more.  

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Our research centers and core facilities are at the frontline of discoveries in genetic medicine. 

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Our graduate students, medical students, residents and fellows benefit from a dynamic curriculum, mentorship and educational activities. 

The History of IGM | Dr. David Valle

Dr. David Valle talks to the American Society of Human Genetics about the history of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetics Medicine.

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