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July 23, 2014
Geisinger study: Overweight boys may benefit from living with adult who has bariatric surgery

A parent's bariatric surgery could be an opportunity to break the cycle of obesity in an overweight son -- body mass index (BMI) of 85 to 94 -- according to a Geisinger research study published in the July issue of Obesity. Read more


June 17, 2014
Geisinger researchers to present CHARGE syndrome paper at select workshop

Three Geisinger Health System genetics researchers had their abstract, "CHARGE Syndrome: A new craniosynostosis syndrome," accepted for a platform presentation at the prestigious 2014 David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis, which will take place July 25-30 at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. Read more


June 09, 2014
Antiviral therapy may prevent liver cancer in Hepatitis B patients

Investigators from Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Geisinger Health System, and Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Ore. joined with investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on a study that found that antiviral therapy may be successful in preventing hepatitis B virus from developing into the most common form of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma. Read more


May 16, 2014
Gov. Corbett announces grant to support Geisinger Tele-Genomics facility

Governor Tom Corbett today announced the award of a Discovered in PA -- Developed in PA grant that will support innovative genomic medical research at Geisinger Health System Read more


May 07, 2014
Geisinger geneticists present papers at prestigious international meeting

Geisinger researchers Bonnie Salbert, DO, and Marc Williams, MD, have had papers accepted to the 35th Annual David W. Smith Meeting on Malformations and Morphogenesis to be held in July in Madison, WI. Read more


May 01, 2014
Geisinger investigators study hepatitis C infection rates in Vietnam era veterans

A team of researchers from four health systems across the United States has published a study revealing that Vietnam era vets with hepatitis C virus (HCV) do not have higher rates of this disease due to injection drug abuse compared to nonveterans. Read more


March 12, 2014
Genomic Medicine Institute study details whole-genome sequencing research

A new study by researchers from Geisinger Health System's Genomic Medicine Institute (GMI) found that it takes an average of four months to conduct the comprehensive case review prior to whole genome sequencing (WGS) clinical research -- time well spent in unraveling cognitive mysteries for some pediatric patients. Read more


February 26, 2014
Geisinger Genomics Medicine researchers assess ovarian cancer gene study

Geisinger genetic researchers provide perspective on a study published this week finding that healthy women with specific inherited gene mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2) who protectively had their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed reduced their risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer by 80 percent, and their overall risk of death by 77 percent. Read more


September 26, 2013
Geisinger genomics researchers take leading role in Clinical Genome Project

Four Geisinger Health System researchers have taken center stage in the national arena of genomics thanks to new funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), an arm of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). It recently awarded three grants totaling $25 million to initiate the Clinical Genome (ClinGen) Project. Read more


May 17, 2013
New genetic evidence suggests a continuum among neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders

A paper published this month in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet Neurology suggests that a broad spectrum of developmental and psychiatric disorders, ranging from autism and intellectual disability to schizophrenia, should be conceptualized as different manifestations of a common underlying denominator, "developmental brain dysfunction," rather than completely independent conditions with distinct causes. Read more


February 18, 2013
Degenstein Foundation invests $1 million in Geisinger research project

The Degenstein Foundation has awarded Geisinger Health System a $1 million grant to assist in underwriting its study into the potential health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling. Read more


August 27, 2012
Guthrie Health and Geisinger collaborate on Marcellus shale research

Guthrie Health, a healthcare system serving northern Pennsylvania and southern New York, has joined with Geisinger Health System to study the health impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling, the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of natural gas production. Read more


August 22, 2012
Geisinger receives $1 million research grant from Pennsylvania State Department of Health

Geisinger Clinic, together with Cernostics, a life science firm developing advanced cancer diagnostic tests, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a research grant from the state Department of Health that will be used to develop a test that predicts the risk of developing esophageal cancer in patients with chronic gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett's Esophagus. Read more


January 26, 2012
Geisinger researchers find genetic abnormalities may cause cerebral palsy

For years it was thought that a difficult birth and other perinatal factors were the leading causes of cerebral palsy. Now, researchers at Geisinger Health System find that the majority of cerebral palsy causes may in fact be caused by genetic abnormalities. Read more