The research interests of Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D., encompass the genetic analysis of common chronic diseases. Boerwinkle has authored more than 800 scientific publications in top tier journals and has led groundbreaking research on the connection between genes and health. He and his colleagues completed the world’s first genome-wide analyses for a variety of cardiovascular disease risk factors including hypertension and diabetes. These investigations have been a critical step in developing drugs that lower disease risk.
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Jennifer Hoskovec, M.S., C.G.C., has clinical and research expertise in prenatal testing and screening, psychosocial counseling for prenatal patients, genetic counseling graduate student education and genetic counseling professional issues. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors and serves as the 2014 president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers on the genetic predisposition of vascular diseases. She and her team have discovered six gene defects that lead to a predisposition to thoracic aortic aneurysms, acute aortic dissections, early onset strokes and intracranial aneurysms. Milewicz has been awarded the Antoine Marfan Award, Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award and The University of Texas Presidential Scholars Award for Excellence in Research. She has been inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Milewicz is chair of the M.D.-Ph.D. Section for Graduate Research, Education and Training Group of the Association of American Medical Colleges and President of the Gulf Coast Region American Heart Association Board. She is board-certified in internal medicine and medical genetics.
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The clinical interests of Hope Northrup, M.D., include metabolic diseases, neurogenetic diseases and chromosome disorders. For more than 20 years, she has led a laboratory researching tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and spina bifida and her research team has contributed to the discovery of two genes that cause TSC. Northrup is the author of a paper detailing new diagnostic criteria for TSC, which was published in the September 2013 issue of Pediatric Neurology. In 2006, she founded the Tuberous Sclerosis Center at UT Physicians, one of just 20 clinics in the country devoted to research and the treatment of TSC. She was named the 2012 Wise Woman HER Award recipient by Houston Woman Magazine.
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The research in the laboratory of Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D., is focused on a signaling molecule called adenosine that plays a critical role in the healing process. When adenosine production is stimulated, it increases blood flow and oxygen levels to promote healing. Conversely, too much adenosine can trigger inflammation. Blackburn’s laboratory is particularly interested in the role of adenosine in lung inflammation with an eye on developing adenosine-based treatments. This research is particularly important because lung disease is a leading cause of death and there are no cures for many types.