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  • Dr. Aaron Buseh, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and colleagues are engaging a community to Improve Health & Genetic Research.
  • Uli Brockel, M.D., Medical College of WI, is leveraging the Personalized Medicine Research Project at Marshfield to re-sequence individuals for the purpose of gene discovery.
  • Humberto Vidaillet, Marshfield Clinic, is working with colleges at UW-Madison to improved phenotyping of complex disease [Picture by Mac Bailey].
  • Murray Brilliant, Ph.D., Marshfield Clinic, with colleagues from Medical College of WI & UW-Madison, are developing a predictive algorithm for Age Related Macular Degeneration.
  • Rajesh Chowdhary, Ph.D., Marshfield Clinic, is using text data in the Electronic Medical Record to improve accuracy of predicting disease.
  • Simon Lin, M.D., Marshfield Clinic, is Improving Wisconsin’s Infrastructure for Genetic Research by creating an integrated repository of de-identified clinical and genomic data.


The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative (WGI) is an unprecedented, historic collaboration among Marshfield Clinic, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  The initiative resulted from $2 million in support from the Wisconsin FY2010-11 biennial budget and a challenge to the four institutions to leverage their resources to advance genomic research for Wisconsin and the nation.

The WGI vision is to be able to predict for individual patients in clinical settings the risks of disease susceptibility and treatment response using the combined power of cutting-edge genetic, phenotypic, and environmental analysis. Each of the four partners is a leader in one or more areas needed for a successful effort, and aligns with the priorities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Department of Health & Human Services, and also the "Wisconsin Idea".

For the first time in Wisconsin's history, the three academic medical centers in the state and its largest urban campus have worked closely together on a major initiative that otherwise would not be possible.  Together, the four institutions tackled important scientific and public health needs that otherwise could not be met, and cannot be easily accomplished anywhere else but Wisconsin.

Making Personalized Health Care a Reality

The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative is positioned to make the promise of personalized medicine a reality. Combining the cutting-edge technology and intellectual capital from multiple academic research centers, the Wisconsin Genomics Initiative not only aligns with the priorities of the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Health & Human Services, but also with the Wisconsin Idea.

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