At the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center (HUG-CELL), we strive to combine state of the art research on stem cell and human genetic disease to a diagnostic service that includes clinical and laboratory evaluation of affected persons and counseling for their families. This close relationship between researchers and families provides new insights and queries for scientific research, and also benefits patients by bringing excellence to clinical practice. The results of this close interaction are hundreds of publications in scientific journals and the development and improvement of diagnostic tests that can be offered to the public.
Another aspect of our work at HUG-CELL comes from realizing the impact that stem cell and genetics research engenders on our lives. We believe it is crucial that everyone be familiar with the nature, methods, processes, and fundamental concepts of Human Genetics. Therefore, we develop educational and teaching programs that aim to bring the latest breakthroughs in Genetics and stem cell research to high school students and teachers. We also present current and relevant themes to health workers and science journalists.
In 2005, Science magazine published* a piece by Dr. Mayana Zatz, coordinator of our center, where she reports on the origins of our work with genetic diseases at the Institute of Biosciences, her budding interest on the theme and further development to other areas. The text delineates our ethical foundation and exemplifies how assistance, treatment, and research are combined.