Susan HayflickMMG encompasses numerous research faculty, clinicians, fellows, and students with diverse research interests surrounding molecular and medical genetics approaches to understanding the basis and treatment of human disease. Our research includes cancer genetics, molecular genetics, gene therapy technologies, molecular diagnostics, developmental genetics, medical genetics cytogenetics, quantitative trait genetics, biochemical genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. Several laboratories focus on "tumor suppressor" and "oncogene" pathways involved in a variety of common human cancers, with one goal being to capitalize on this knowledge for translational research purposes. One central theme in the program is the utilization of a variety of genetic, molecular and cellular approaches for analyzing normal and disease processes. Learn more

Lab Spotlight

Fatty Acid Oxidation and Retina

One of the complications of LCHAD deficiency is vision loss because of a degeneration of the retina, a part of the eye that is essential for us to see. This degeneration of the retina is called retinopathy and the cause of retinopathy in children with LCHAD is not known. Dr. Melanie Gillingham is currently conducting a study in cells to investigate the cause of LCHAD retinopathy. Help support Dr. Gillingham's research today!

Donations can also be made by check; please make check(s) payable to: OHSU Foundation Account 23711 Genetics Research
OHSU Foundation Mail Stop 45
PO Box 4000
Portland, OR 97208-9852
(800) 462-6608

In the News

6th International Symposium on NBIA & Related Disorders

On April 7 & 8 Dr. Susan Hayflick hosted the 6th International Symposium on NBIA and Related Disorders.  The conference, held at Skamania Lodge, was attended by 67 participants from 11 countries.  Travel awards were made to twelve Early Career Investigators from eight countries to assist with costs. 

The meeting, which included oral and poster presentations, was the largest gathering of NBIA researchers, clinicians and industry partners to date. 

NBIA Group photo

Recently Published:
The Fatty acid Oxidation o Disorders Kitchen

The FOoD KitchenDr. Melanie Gillingham in collaboration with Claire Held, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and OHSU Bionutriton have just published a cookbook designed for patients with a long chain fatty acid oxidation disorder. The recipes are low in fat with added MCT oil. There are some great ideas about how to use MCT oil in cooking everything from main dishes and salads to desserts. All proceeds from this book will be donated to the OHSU foundation to fund additional research for novel treatments of fatty acid oxidation disorders.

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