About WGI

The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative offers a rare opportunity to bring the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, and Marshfield Clinic together to meet important scientific and public health needs.  Wisconsin has in its Medical Research Triangle all of the resources necessary to make a major advancement in the application of genetic science to human health.

Vision:

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 analyses, thereby making the promise of personalized medicine a reality for the citizens of Wisconsin and beyond.

Goals:

Phase I: Create a medical research infrastructure to build and test a unique scientific platform that is capable of predicting disease susceptibility and treatment response to a high degree of accuracy, and to make it widely available to scientists across the country.

 

Phase II: Use this unique scientific platform for discovery in multiple disease areas and treatment methods.  Improve its capability by expanding research cohorts, increasing the number of genetic markers, increasing the amount of environmental and clinical data, and improving the computational algorithms.

 

Over the last 2 years, these goals have been accomplished.  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 could not be easily accomplished anywhere else but Wisconsin.

 

Contributing to the Vision & Goals of WGI:

  • The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative is positioned to make the promise of personalized medicine and personalized health care a reality.
  • The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative aligns with the priorities of the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Health and Human Service, and the Wisconsin Idea.
  • The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative offers a rare opportunity to bring the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW Milwaukee, and Marshfield Clinic together to meet important scientific and public health needs.
  • Together, the four institutions have tackled important scientific and public health needs that otherwise could not be met, and could not be easily accomplished anywhere else but Wisconsin.

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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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