Personalized Medicine: A New Approach

06.13.17

“If we are dealing with a COMPLEX disorder, why would we expect a SIMPLE solution?”

Luigi Boccuto is originally from Catanzaro, Italy, but has been living in Greenwood, SC for over 10 years. He received his medical degree and post-doc degree in medical genetics at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome. During his school and training years, he worked on hereditary cancer, overgrowth syndromes and intellectual disability syndromes.

He is currently working as a Research Scientist at the JC Self Research Institute of the Greenwood Genetic Center. His main projects are focused on the study of autism, intellectual disability, and conditions with segmental or generalized overgrowth. Most of his work is focused on characterizing the metabolic profiles of cells from patients with genetic conditions, to detect biomarkers for early screening or diagnosis, discover pathogenic mechanisms underlying such disorders, and identify novel targets for treatment approaches.

He has always wanted to work in genetics and loves his job, particularly the idea that what he does will help children in the present, and even more in the future. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and read. His other passions are photography and traveling.

Dr. Boccuto presented “Personalized Medicine: A New Approach” at TEDx Greenville on April 7, 2017.

Video, image and bio courtesy of TEDx Greenville

“The goal of the new personalized medicine must not be to treat a disease, but to design the best possible cure for each and every human being.”

Luigi Boccuto

Want to learn more? Of course you do! Check back next week for an exciting behind-the-scenes look into Luigi’s lab!

Lucy's Story

When our daughter Lucy had a metabolic crisis at 7 days old, we were shocked and devastated to find out that she was born with a rare genetic disorder (MSUD). Her newborn screening results did not make it back in time to prevent the crisis, and no one at our local hospital was familiar with the disease. They did not know how to treat her. Calls were made to Greenwood Genetic Center to confirm her diagnosis and guide her care. Dr. Champaigne and Ami...

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