With a vision to create a platform for professional training in clinical genetics, expert services for genetic disorders and collaborative research with cutting-edge genetic and genomic technology, Baylor College of Medicine and The Chinese University of Hong Kong have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Baylor College of Medicine Joint Center for Medical Genetics in Hong Kong.
“This partnership will bring Baylor genetics activities on to the international stage, and together with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, we hope to be the leaders in genetics care, education and research in Asia,” said Dr. Brendan Lee, the Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics and professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor.
Dr. Tak Yeung Leung, head of maternal and fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, is excited to be able to collaborate with Baylor College of Medicine.
“Genetics influences our health starting from in-utero life to adulthood. Through the integration of clinical expertise and advances in genetic and genomic technology, the goal of the center is to bring breakthroughs in medical genetics, of which the scope is not confined to prenatal diagnosis but also extends to personalized medicine,” said Leung.
The aims of the Joint Center are to:
- Design, establish and conduct training in clinical genetics and genetic counseling that suits the increasing need in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Asia region.
- Establish a leading referral center in Asia for prenatal and postnatal diagnosis and treatment for patients and families affected by genetic disorders.
- Conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary basic and translational research that will lead to advances in screening, diagnosis and therapy of genetic disorders as well as new discovery of the underlying genetic mechanism of diseases.
- Host a series of pan-Asian symposia on state-of-the art clinical genetics care and research.
The center will be co-directed by Lee and Leung.