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May 25, 2019

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UNLV gets $11.4 million grant for personalized medicine research

UNLV has received an $11.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance personalized medicine in Nevada.

Personalized medicine is based on the concept that a person’s unique genetic makeup — their DNA — contains the blueprint to treat and prevent diseases.

UNLV’s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine will lead the program that will bring together local and regional partners to expand human genetics research.

“Society is progressing beyond ‘trial-and-error medicine’ into a new data-driven era where a person’s genetic makeup is used to improve accuracy in medical diagnosis, prognosis and treatment,” said Martin Schiller, UNLV life sciences professor and the grant’s lead researcher.

“This program will give us the means to further investigate the impact of personalized medicine and its potential for modern medicine, and to explore the potential for expanded clinical and educational services in Nevada,” he said.

This is the first time UNLV will lead a project funded through the NIH’s Center of Biomedical Research Excellence program.

In 2015, UNLV partnered with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in a program funded by the National Institute of Health focused on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.