Cincinnati--The publicly funded human genome project is paving the
way for advances in genetic research at the University of Cincinnati
(UC) Medical Center.
David E. Millhorn, PhD, Joseph Eichberg
professor and chairman of the Department of Molecular and Cellular
Physiology at the College of Medicine, is the principal investigator
(PI) for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes,
Digestive Disease and Kidney (NIDDK), a division of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). The three-year grant entitled "Functional
Genomics and Proteomics Center" will identify genes and proteins
connected to diabetes, kidney and digestive diseases.
genomics center, located in the UC Department of Molecular and Cellular
Physiology, is one of only eight funded by the NIDDK nationwide. The
NIDDK funds more than 50 research investigators at the UC Medical
Center and Children's Hospital.
"This grant will assist
investigators in the use of powerful approaches in genomics and
protemics in their ongoing research," Millhorn said. "This should lead
to more research funding and a faster rate of success in understanding
the role of gene expression in complex biological and disease
Millhorn has published more than 150 papers on his
research in neuroscience and gene regulation. Millhorn recently gave a
presentation on genetics to participants at the UC Mini Medical College.