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Lori Bassett, Greenwood Genetic Center, (864) 388-1061, | lbassett@ggc.org
Amanda Brasier, Self Regional, (864) 725-4218 | amanda.brasier@selfregional.org

Self Regional Healthcare Funds Autism and Cancer Genetic Research
Greenwood Genetic Center, Clemson University Begin Collaboration on Projects

Dr. Modi Wetzler
Dr. Modi Wetzler
Clemson University

Dr. LJ Wang
Dr. LJ Wang
Clemson University

Dr. Charles Schwartz
Dr. Charles Schwartz
Greenwood Genetics Center

Dr. Luigi Boccuto
Dr. Luigi Boccuto
Greenwood Genetics Center

Dr. Anand Srivastava
Dr. Anand Srivastava
Greenwood Genetics Center

Dr. Julia Eggert
Dr. Julia Eggert
Clemson University

(Greenwood, SC, June 13, 2014) – Following much behind-the-scenes planning and several recent public announcements, the work of the Greenwood Genetic Center/Clemson University research and education collaborative is underway. Officials at both institutions have announced the first recipients of research funding provided by Self Regional Healthcare (SRH). In February, SRHC announced a partnership with Clemson and GGC to serve as the lead hospital partner in the collaborative. As part of that commitment, the hospital pledged a total of $5.6 million toward the project including $1.2 million per year for three years to fund genetic research.

Fourteen projects were submitted from faculty at both GGC and Clemson University with seven selected to receive the first round of Self Regional Healthcare funding. Each project was evaluated by an independent team, and final selections were announced this week by Dr. Steve Skinner, Director of GGC and Dr. Steve Kresovich, Coker Trustees Chair of Genetics at Clemson.

Five of the funded projects focus on the understanding and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, while two proposals were combined to study improved diagnostics for hereditary cancers.

“The blending of research teams from both Clemson and GGC will allow our institutions to build on the strengths of one another,” said Skinner. “Self Regional’s commitment to supporting these endeavors is a vital part of understanding, and ultimately treating, disorders like autism and cancer that impact so many families.”

Each selected project includes team members from both Clemson and GGC. The following proposals were funded:  

“This announcement launches a new chapter between Clemson University and the Greenwood Genetic Center by linking research and educational opportunities to solve pressing problems in human health while simultaneously building new opportunities in economic development.” shared Kresovich.

Dr. Chaubey, one of the grant recipients, said “We are all excited to begin this new phase of joint research. This collaboration allows us to not only make strides in fields such as autism which we have been actively studying for many years, but also provides the opportunity to expand our focus into other areas including oncology.”

About Greenwood Genetic Center
The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects.  At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics.  GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve.  GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. For more information about GGC please visit www.ggc.org.


About Clemson University
Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.


About Self Regional Healthcare
Self Regional Healthcare, a not-for-profit, regional referral and teaching hospital that provides care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties in South Carolina. Self Regional Healthcare serves the region with a number of services including prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group, Self Regional’s employed physician network affiliate, provides primary care, specialty care and hospital based care with more than 65 physicians in 22 practices.


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