Navigation Links
BWH launches a new research division focused on integrating systems biology and medicine

BOSTON, MABrigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) announces the launch of the Channing Division of Network Medicine, a newly created research division within the Department of Medicine. The Channing Division of Network Medicine will use an integrated, network-based, systems biology-driven approach to define the causes of complex diseases. The research division plans to use this information to develop new ways to classify and treat those diseases.

This new division is led by Edwin K. Silverman, MD, PhD, chief of the Channing Division of Network Medicine. The Division includes the faculty and staff of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Unit and the Respiratory, Genetic and Environmental Epidemiology Unit of the former Channing Laboratory, as well as a newly formed Systems Pathobiology Unit.

"By combining our clinical databases housing multiple research studies with genetic and epidemiological information on more than 300,000 people together with new systems biology capabilities, we will be able to combine multiple types of genetic and biochemical data using computational biology," said Silverman. "This will help us to understand the causes of disease and develop new biomarkers for diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. I look forward to working with my colleagues to foster a collaborative environment in which new discoveries about diseases are made that will benefit our patients."

Among the many ongoing research projects in the Division, the Nurses' Health Studythe largest, longest running study of women's healthhas provided important information documenting the health risks of smoking, obesity, trans fat and sugary beverages, as well as the benefits of physical activity, dietary fiber, healthy fats, fish and the complex relation of alcohol to health risks and benefits. The Systems Genetics and Genomics Unit has multiple ongoing research projects, which are primarily focused on respiratory disease. Recent highlights include the identification of genetic factors associated with therapeutic response to inhaled steroid medications in people with asthma and the identification of novel genetic risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

"The Channing Laboratory has been performing ground-breaking research since 1958, and there has been a strong tradition of attracting investigators of the highest caliber. In its new form, the Channing Division of Network Medicine is poised to continue this rich legacy and flourish under Dr. Silverman's leadership," said Joseph Loscalzo, MD, chairman of the Department of Medicine and director of the BWH Biomedical Research Institute.

The Channing Division of Network Medicine is comprised of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Systems Genetics and Genomics, and Systems Pathobiology Units. It is home to world-renowned and long-running epidemiological studies. There are approximately 300 researchers and staff in this new Division of BWH. For more information, please visit


Contact: Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Related biology news :

1. LABS, Inc. Launches Suite of Next-Generation Test Offerings; Focuses on Expanding Complex Biologic Testing Portfolio in 2012
2. Elsevier launches new journal Algal Research
3. Clinical trial launches to see whether vitamin D helps treat multiple sclerosis
4. Thomson Reuters Launches Life Sciences Partner Ecosystem to Drive Collaborative R&D Drug Processes
5. WanderID Launches Breakthrough ID Product for Children, Seniors
6. Wiley-Blackwell launches new open-access journal: Food Science & Nutrition
7. MindSpec launches online Autism Reading Room
8. NineSigma Launches NineSights, the Worlds First Open Innovation Social Media Destination for Innovation Seekers and Solution Providers
9. PuraMed BioScience®, Inc., Launches a Marketing Blitz for LipiGesic® M, Its Clinically-Tested Migraine Pain Reliever in the Denver, CO Region to Coincide with the NACDSs Marketplace 2012 Trade Convention
10. NIST launches new website to educate industry about alternatives to mercury thermometers
11. Spectros Launches OnCall Wireless Remote Access for T-Stat
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/12/2015)... 11, 2015   Growing need for low-cost, ... has been paving the way for use of ... discrete analytes in clinical, agricultural, environmental, food and ... used in medical applications, however, their adoption is ... to continuous emphasis on improving product quality and ...
(Date:11/9/2015)... , Nov. 09, 2015 ... addition of the "Global Law Enforcement ... offering. --> ) has ... Law Enforcement Biometrics Market 2015-2019" report ... and Markets ( ) has announced ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... 2015   MedNet Solutions , an innovative SaaS-based ... clinical research, is pleased to announce that it has ... as one of only three finalists for a ... and Growing" category. The Tekne Awards honor Minnesota ... technology innovation and leadership. iMedNet™ eClinical ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aeterna Zentaris ... that its business and prospects remain fundamentally strong ... Zoptrex™ (zoptarelin doxorubicin) recently received DSMB recommendation to ... completion following review of the final interim efficacy ... 2 Primary Endpoint in men with heavily pretreated ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... The Global Genomics Industry ... and in-depth study on the current state of ... ) , The report provides ... classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Genomics ... including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... The United States Golf Association (USGA) today ... Green Section Award. Presented annually since 1961, the USGA Green Section Award recognizes an ... turfgrass. , Clarke, of Iselin, N.J., is an extension specialist of turfgrass ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 2015 /CNW/ - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or "the Company") ... for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Amounts, ... and presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). ... said Andrew Rae , President & CEO ... not only value enriching for this clinical program, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: