Dr. John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics

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Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and loss of hearing and sight are just some of the diseases with genetic links found by the world-class researchers in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Created in 2007, the Department reflects the Foundation’s commitment to nurture innovative transformational medicine in South Florida, which began with several significant grants to underpin its formation.

  •  In 2000, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics was formed, bringing together medical genetics researchers, educators, and clinicians to serve Miami and the wider South Florida community.
  • With an additional grant in 2005, the Foundation created the Miami GeneCure Diagnostic Laboratory, a unique diagnostics resource as a platform for translational research and offering comprehensive screening and diagnostic testing for prenatal, neonatal, pediatric, and adult diseases and conditions.
  • In 2007, the Foundation funded the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics endowed chair at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. At the same time, the Department of Human Genetics was formed at the Miller School and was named the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics.

elsas 2The Department has recruited the world-renowned faculty that staffs the Miller School’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, which houses the research to identify genes involved in human disease for the diagnosis, intervention and prevention of illness.

The Department’s Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics provides advanced clinical care and genetic counseling to patients of all age groups and their families. The Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory is currently the only laboratory that offers state-of-the-art biochemical diagnostic services for a number of disorders in Southern Florida and is an important reference laboratory for newborn infants that are diagnosed through the Florida State Newborn Screening Program.

For more information about the Dr. John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami, click here. For more information about the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, click here.