TGen President Dr. Jeffrey Trent video highlights emerging role of genomics in improving patient care

PHOENIX, Ariz. - April 26, 2012 - Dr. Jeffrey Trent, President and Research Director of the Translational Genomic Research Institute (TGen), speaks about the role of genomics in improving patient care on Arizona's new Arizona Experience website.

The Arizona Experience, a virtual celebration of Arizona's Centennial - Feb. 14, 2012 - is rolling out new features each month of 2012. This month's web package about Biotechnology and Life Sciences includes a video of Dr. Trent, discussing TGen's role in Genomic Research:

In the video, Dr. Trent explains how using DNA analysis to help determine the best treatments for patients represents "the start of a new era" in medicine:

"Particularly starting in cancer, the ability to use information from the genome in support of individualized patient treatment; it's the basis of everything we do at TGen," Dr. Trent explains in the video. "Over the course of the next 100 year, we'll still be working on the information from the genome; how to make medicine more personal, which is really that right medicine, for the right disease, and the right patient, at the right time, at the right dose."

The Arizona Experience web pages about Biotechnology and Life Sciences showcases the organizations, institutions and research facilities that have helped catapult Arizona to one of the nation's leading states in biomedical research.

TGen, Flinn Foundation, AZBio, BIO5 Institute, ASU Biodesign Institute, NAU, and numerous institutions provided their insight and materials in order to showcase the successes in Arizona's biotech community.

"One of the recommendations of Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap is to inform state citizens on the importance and potential of the biosciences," said Brad Halvorsen, Vice President for Communications, Flinn Foundation. "The Arizona Experience website will be instrumental in helping to get the message to broad audiences that may be new to the biosciences."

The roll out of the Arizona Biotechnology and Life Sciences theme includes:

  • Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Trent, President and Research Director TGen
  • Arizona Biosciences: A Success Story
  • Interview with Dr. Nadja Anderson, Director of BIOTECH Project.
  • Bioscience education in Arizona's colleges, universities, and high schools. Discover how students are impacting their world, one project at a time.
  • Interactive maps pinpointing growth in biosciences since 2002, including patient care facilities and biomedical companies.

Additional topics and content will continue to roll out for the next 30 days, including:

  • Featured Artist - Student centennial art competition winners from across the state.
  • Tumamoc Hill America's first Desert Botanical Laboratory; the birthplace of conservation ecology.
  • Explore how citizen science groups around the state are impacting their world.
  • Arizona State University's groundbreaking Ask a Biologist program.
  • Habimap - Mapping Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Potential by Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
  • Browse through the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum's digital collection of over 12,000 images.

About Arizona Experience
The Arizona Experience is a dynamic, multimedia, 4D (3D plus time) web environment with interactive maps, thousands of images, historical timelines, flyovers of iconic landscapes, interviews with Arizona leaders, featured artists, videos (both onsite and at the Arizona Experience YouTube channel), and oral histories that capture the experiences of the men and women that shaped the state.

For more information please contact:
Michael Conway
Chief, Geologic Extension Service
Arizona Geological Survey
416 W. Congress, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85701
Direct Line (520) 209-4146
Fax (520) 770-3505
[email protected]

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