The McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine's goal is to further the understanding of human heredity and genetic medicine, and use that knowledge to treat and prevent disease.
The Institute is working to consolidate all relevant teaching, patient care and research in human and medical genetics at Johns Hopkins and provide national and international leadership in genetic medicine. It serves as a focal point for interactions between diverse investigators to promote the application of genetic discoveries to human disease and genetics education to the public. It builds upon past strengths and further develops expertise in the areas of genomics, developmental genetics, and complex disease genetics. The Institute works to catalyze the spread of human genetic perspectives to other related disciplines by collaboration with other departments within Hopkins.