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National Genetics Researchers to Gather at Sanford Health

Two-day Research Symposium Brings Nationally Renowned Genetics Leaders to the Midwest

(Moorhead, MN and Sioux Falls, SD) – Genetics research is at the core of providing innovative and individualized health care. Sanford Health has convened a symposium on March 7 and 8, offering a platform for in-depth information sharing and discussions between Sanford researchers and national genetics leaders.

The two day symposium will begin in Moorhead at the at the Hjemkomst Center where Sanford Health leaders will provide an update on current and novel initiatives at Sanford Research, including the organization’s commitment to health research in the Fargo area. They will be joined by Max Muenke, MD, director of the Medical Genetics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Dr. Muenke will outline current activities in sequencing and personalized medicine.

Dr. Muenke will also participate in the Sanford Genetics, Genomics and Individualized Medicine Conference at 8 a.m. at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, March 8 where he will be joined by research leaders focused on the collection, storage and utilization of material toward personalized treatment. This important discussion will include presentations by representatives from the National Disease Research Interchange; the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen); and Rules-Based Medicine, Inc. among others.

By drawing experts in the fields of genetics, genomics and individualized medicine, Sanford physicians, scientists and staff will be exposed to current philosophies and protocols in this evolving field.

The general public is welcome to attend; however, seating is limited and participants are asked to RSVP their attendance by calling (605) 312-6576. Families affected by medical genetic disorders will be available in both Fargo and Sioux Falls for media interviews.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 800 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
605-328-7056 or 605-366-2432 |

Andrea Voorhees | Sanford Media Strategist
701-200-6080 |