Dr. Schadt brings a bold new research approach, which is premised on studying multiple genes and biological processes through the use of advanced technology and computer models.
new york, NY (PRWEB) March 13, 2012
The Genetic Disease Foundation (GDF), which raises funds to support research and education towards the prevention and treatment of genetic diseases, is pleased to announce that Eric Schadt, PhD, is now a member of its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Schadt, known as a visionary in the use of computational biology in genomics, joined Mount Sinai School of Medicine in August 2011 as Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of the Institute for Genomics and Multi-scale Biology.
Dr. Schadt brings a bold new research approach, which is premised on studying multiple genes and biological processes through the use of advanced technology and computer models to develop a better understanding of disease causes and ultimately better diagnostics and treatment.
“We are extremely pleased and privileged to welcome a thought-leader like Dr. Schadt to our Advisory Board, where he will help guide the organization’s efforts,” said Elisa Ross, GDF President. “It’s important that GDF stays at the very forefront of genomic medicine so that we can optimize use of funds and provide the most valuable information to others.”
An expert in computational mathematics and sequencing technology, Dr. Schadt’s research at companies including Merck & Co. and Roche Biosciences has helped revolutionize the integration of genetic and molecular profiling data to construct predictive models of disease that have led to a number of discoveries relating to causes of common diseases. He currently maintains his position as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Pacific Biosciences, a third generation DNA sequencing company, where he’s worked since 2009 overseeing the firm’s scientific strategy including creating the vision for next-generation sequencing applications of the company’s technology. Dr. Schadt is also a founding member of Sage Bionetworks, an open access genomics initiative designed to build and support databases and an accessible platform for creating innovative, dynamic disease models.
Two Prominent Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists Also Join GDF Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
GDF is also pleased to announce the recent addition of two prominent Mount Sinai physicians to its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board: Keith A. Eddleman, MD, Director of Obstetrics and a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and of Genetics and Genomic Sciences; and Joanne Stone, MD, Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Ultrasound and a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Both Dr. Eddleman and Dr. Stone are nationally recognized for their expertise in chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and ultrasound and have published extensively on areas related to high-risk pregnancies in medical journals and other publications.
Dr. Stone has a consultative and clinical practice and is also active in clinical research and education. Her areas of interest include ultrasound, fetal therapy, multi-fetal pregnancy reduction and prenatal diagnosis.
Dr. Eddleman is an expert and educator in maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics, specializing in reproductive genetics, ultrasound and diagnostic procedures.
Drs. Eddleman and Stone co-authored the books Pregnancy for Dummies and The Pregnancy Bible and will help guide GDF activities related to genetics and family planning.
About The Genetic Disease Foundation
The Genetic Disease Foundation (GDF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1997 by patients and families affected by genetic disorders. The Foundation’s mission is to support research and conduct educational initiatives towards the prevention and treatment of genetic diseases.
GDF raises funds for various research and patient organizations and has granted millions of dollars to support research and genetic counseling at Mount Sinai’s Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences. The GDF’s public information campaign, “Know Your Genes,” includes a website, http://www.knowyourgenes.org, which provides information to help people understand how they can benefit from the latest advances in genetics for family planning and overall health management.
For more information, visit http://www.GeneticDiseaseFoundation.org.