In April 2016, at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot (Israel), the Garvan and Weizmann Institutes signed an important memorandum of understanding, agreeing to work together to advance biomedical research, genomic medicine and genomic education.
At the heart of the partnership will be a purpose-built state-of-the-art research centre – the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics – dedicated to the study of molecular genetic states of individual cells. The Centre will be Australia’s only multidisciplinary centre for cellular genomics.
To realise the full potential of cellular genomics, it is crucial to bring together the intersecting technologies of cytometry (cell manipulation), genomics (the analysis of the genome and its outputs in the cell) and informatics (the process of drawing meaning from complex data) under one roof.
Only when these technologies, and the knowledge to use them to their full capacity, are available together within a multidisciplinary research centre can they be seamlessly integrated to speed the process of biomedical discovery.
By implementing their shared vision for a multidisciplinary Centre for Cellular Genomics, the Garvan and Weizmann Institutes have brought into being a Centre with a critical mass of expertise and equipment that is a first on the world stage. It will enable ambitious experimental projects that virtually no other centre can offer.
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