The McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development / Center for Human Genetics provides expertise and resources for both clinicians and basic scientists to identify genes and sequence variation contributing to human diseases and traits. Many have already been identified by UT Southwestern researchers, who are developing a Human Chromosome Map.
A central mission of the Center also is to support educational activities involving human genetics in both the medical and graduate school of UT Southwestern Medical Center.
A scholar, inventor, scientist, visionary, engineer and philanthropist, Eugene McDermott believed that scientific knowledge was the pathway to human progress. In 1950 he established the Biological Humanics Foundation to support research in human growth and development, two developing fields of science. From that foundation came the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, established in partnership with UT Southwestern in 1973.