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Mission of the center

  • Identify and understand the genetic contribution to major complex human diseases, with an emphasis on autoimmune diseases and neuropsychiatric traits and disorders.
  • Facilitate the translation of these discoveries into new diagnostics and therapeutics by performing basic research on disease mechanisms.

The Robert S. Boas Center, led by Peter K. Gregersen, MD, houses integrated research resources and programs that function in a highly collaborative environment. This structure enables studies spanning the full range of human genetics research, including recruitment of human populations, collection and storage of biological samples, technologies for high throughput genetics and genomic studies, informatics and data management, computational biology, and basic laboratory research on functional biology. The Center also provides educational opportunities ranging from high school students to postdoctoral fellowship training.