News : 2019 : July

Ceremony Marks Naming of MSGM Student Room, Honors Hayward Foundation’s Support

On April 19, 2019, the University of Miami’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) welcomed trustees of the John T. and Winifred Hayward Foundation for an annual site visit to discuss educational and research programs supported by the foundation, including the Master of Science in Genomic Medicine (MSGM) program. The MSGM is a four-year concurrent degree program for students enrolled in the traditional MD curriculum on the Miami campus. The program prepares graduates to integrate genomics into clinical practice, which promotes excellence in patient care. Every year, MSGM faculty and students provide Hayward Foundation trustees with updates on the program’s recent achievements. This includes an opportunity to review progress in rare disease sequencing and students’ work on Capstone research projects.

This year’s meeting included a ceremony to announce the naming of a room for MSGM students on the third floor of the Biomedical Research Building (BRB), followed by a luncheon attended by the trustees, Dean Ford, and MSGM faculty and students.

“We are truly grateful to the Hayward Foundation and its trustees,” said Dr. William K. Scott, Professor and Director of the MSGM program. “Our students have benefited immeasurably from resources that were made possible by their generous donations.”

A plaque that reads “In Memory of John T. Hayward – Creative Engineer” now hangs near the door to room BRB 347. It commemorates the life of John T. Hayward, who passed away on March 20, 1975 at the age of 90, and honors the ongoing support that the Hayward Foundation has provided to the MSGM program at the University of Miami.

The John T. and Winifred Hayward Foundation Charitable Trust was established in 1999 to advance education and research in the field of human genetics with the goal of eradicating diseases and improving population health. Since 2012, the Hayward Foundation has donated to research conducted at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics as well as the MSGM program.