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Renowned medical genetics pioneer to join LA BioMed faculty
Date:2/13/2013

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 13, 2013) Jerome I. Rotter, MD, a pioneer in the field of medical genetics, is joining the faculty at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) and bringing a team of experts to found a new institute focused on improving the health of the diverse communities served by LA BioMed and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, David I. Meyer, PhD, LA BioMed president and CEO, announced today.

Known as the LA BioMed Institute for Translational Genomics and Population Sciences, it will employ core technologies used to analyze genomics the entirety of a human's genetic makeup to improve the health of the Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations that compose the patients and family members of the community served by LA BioMed and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

"We are so very fortunate to have such a distinguished investigator and his team bringing their world-class research program to LA BioMed," said Meyer. "Jerome Rotter and his colleagues Ida Chen, Xiuqing Guo and Kent Taylor are enormously successful researchers whose pioneering studies in genomics and population sciences have been cited by scientists around the globe. They will bring an exciting new dimension of research to LA BioMed, which will have applicability to almost every field of study on our campus."

Dr. Rotter and his colleagues specialize in the study of the genetics of common chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, in Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians. Such studies serve as the basis for personalized medicine, which are medical treatments and therapies tailor-made for each patient based on gender and racial and ethnic background.

"Our job is to bring modern genomic technologies to the understanding of disease, the prevention of disease and the development of therapies for disease in minority populations," said Dr. Rotter. "There is no better place for us to conduct our research than LA BioMed where we will have access t
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Contact: Laura Mecoy
lmecoy@labiomed.org
310-546-5860
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
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