Research Collaborations

Research Collaboration

Patient care is at the heart of everything we do at the Greenwood Genetic Center. The field of genetic and genomic medicine is advancing quickly with breakthroughs happening at an exciting pace. The Greenwood Genetic Center’s JC Self Research Institute of Human Genetics is leading the way in identifying the causes and mechanisms for autism, birth defects, and intellectual disabilities. For example, researchers at GGC have identified nearly one-third of the 120+ genes on the X chromosome that cause intellectual disabilities. This is the type of research that leads to an earlier diagnosis and therefore earlier treatment for patients with these types of disorders.

Research collaboration is key to pool talent and resources for the sharing of discoveries, advancing of technologies and development of treatments for the good of our patients and their families.

Partners in Healing: Research Collaboration at the Greenwood Genetic Center

Collaborative research is nothing new, but it is vital to make the best use funding resources and the complementary skills of scientists around the world. Essentially, collaboration makes it possible for researchers to find answers they might not be able to find on their own.

Nearly 10 years ago, a collaboration between GGC and Clemson University began, to enhance the human genetics education of Clemson students and provide research collaborations, especially addressing the issues of autism and intellectual disabilities. In 2017, Self Regional Hall, Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics opened on the Greenwood Genetic Center campus in Greenwood, South Carolina. The goal is to help support the critical mass of research that’s needed for prevention and treatment of a variety of genetic disorders.

Another research collaboration the Greenwood Genetic Center is proud to share, is “Helix & Hope.” Through this program, GGC can combine scientific resources with the therapeutic services and other initiatives of Project HOPE Foundation.

Some of the goals of Helix & Hope include:

  • Developing a blood-based test for autism.
  • Exploring personalized therapeutic methods to maximize the effectiveness of therapy.
  • Formulating evidence-based medical treatments.
  • Enhancing opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Learn more about the Helix & Hope program and how you can support this innovative research collaboration.

Supported by a talented group of scientists, the research team at the Greenwood Genetic Center will continue to find breakthroughs that advance genetic medicine and improve the lives of patients and families living with autism, birth defects, and intellectual disabilities.

Meet Reggie Roper

Meet Reggie Roper

Reggie has been part of the GGC family for over 18 years. He has short stature, webbing of his hands, pulmonary stenosis, seizures and hydrocephalus along with developmental delay. He carried an initial diagnosis of cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome; however, as genetic testing advanced, GGC made the diagnosis of Noonan-like syndrome with loose anagen hair by identifying a mutation in the SHOC2 gene. He is also an active participant in the Greenwood Community Theatre's Penguin Project. "GGC is...

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