The Rare Genomic Institute (RGI) has awarded our faculty member Dr. Yung-Hao Ching with BeHEARD (Helping Empower & Accelerate Research Discoveries) Silver prizes to support molecular diagnose research in Usher syndrome (USH), a rare genetic disorder that cause inner ear damage and retinal degeneration.
This research project is an active collaboration between Department of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics and Department of Tzu Chi University and Department of ophthalmology, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital. The BeHEARD 2015 rare disease science challenges is a global competition to cutting-edge research technologies from 18 industry and academic partners to accelerate the diagnostic therapies and cures of rare diseases. The Rare Genomic Institute (RGI) is an international non-profit organization located in Hanover, MD, USA.
The institute is funded to gathering resourced from industry and academic partners to accelerate discover cure for rare diseases and to relive pain and distresses experienced by patients and their families. BeHEARD (Helping Empower & Accelerate Research Discoveries) is a division of RGI focused on providing support to scientific communities to accelerate the diagnostic therapies and cures of rare diseases. Dr. Yung-Hao Ching is a assistant professor at the department of molecular biology and human genetics, Tzu Chi University. She specialized in study molecular mechanisms of human genetic diseases using mouse as model organism.
Rare Genomic Institute (RGI)：http://raregenomics.org/
BeHEARD 2015 challenges ：http://beheard2015.raregenomics.org/technology-prizes