Top 10 Jackson Laboratory news stories of 2011

Date: December 21, 2011
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Following a year of research breakthroughs and multi-million dollar federal grants, The Jackson Laboratory ends 2011 poised for major initiatives, with newly appointed president and CEO Edison Liu on board and a new center for personalized medicine planned for Connecticut.

The Jackson Laboratory appoints Edison Liu, M.D., as new president and CEO
Edison T. Liu, M.D., an international leader in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics and molecular epidemiology, was appointed the new president and chief executive officer of The Jackson Laboratory.

Connecticut legislature approves funding for new Jackson Laboratory research institute
The Connecticut legislature approved $291 million in bond funding to build a new Jackson Laboratory center for personalized medicine in the state.

The Jackson Laboratory receives $33 million for research to understand gene function and disease
Federal grants totaling more than $33 million make the Laboratory a key participant in an international project to create one of the largest libraries of genetic function data.

NIH awards $25.1 million to The Jackson Laboratory to continue genome database
The National Human Genome Research Institute will provide more than $25 million in ongoing support for the Laboratory's Mouse Genome Database, the world's largest publicly accessible information source about the laboratory mouse.

The Jackson Laboratory partners with NCI, UCDavis to speed new cancer treatments to clinical trials
About nine out of 10 new cancer drugs successfully clear preclinical development hurdles but then fail in human clinical testing. The Jackson Laboratory is partnering with a component of the National Cancer Institute and The UC Davis Cancer Center to help improve that outcome.

Jackson Professor John Eppig elected to National Academy of Sciences
Professor John Eppig, Ph.D., a pioneer in developmental and reproductive biology, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the top honors in American science.

Researchers substantially lessen glaucoma by detecting and targeting early disease processes
A research team led by Jackson Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Simon John, Ph.D., designed an analysis technique that detects early stages of glaucoma in mice, and has successfully blocked the disease by targeting some of the molecular events in those early stages.

The Jackson Laboratory named among 2011 "Best Places to Work”
The Jackson Laboratory is among the "Best Places to Work in Academia" and “Best Places to Work in Maine” for 2011.

What is a laboratory mouse? Jackson, UNC researchers reveal the details
Mice and humans share about 95 percent of their genes, and mice are recognized around the world as the leading experimental model for studying human biology and disease. But, says Jackson Laboratory Professor Gary Churchill, Ph.D., researchers can learn even more "now that we really know what a laboratory mouse is, genetically speaking."

New York Genome Center launches with The Jackson Laboratory, 10 other top biomedical institutions
The Jackson Laboratory joins 10 top New York medical and academic research institutes in founding the New York Genome Center. Launched at a ceremony in New York, the NYGC will become one of the largest genomic facilities in North America, providing Jackson researchers with access to vastly increased gene-sequencing capability and expertise.


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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