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Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics Opens
(Pictured l-r) John C. Law, Chairman of the Board of Directors; David Agus, M.D., the Center's medical director; Steven Spielberg and Stuart Holden, M.D., director of the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center, celebrate the opening of The Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics at Cedars-Sinai. (Photo by Thomas Neerken)

Molecular technology will aid patients with serious disease

With the opening of The Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics on September 14, Cedars-Sinai advanced the field of "personalized" medicine to help patients fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.

The Center houses state-of-the-art research equipment such as super-conducting magnet-based mass spectrometers that measure proteins (the proteome) and metabolite molecules from a single drop of a patient's blood. Data gathered is manipulated and analyzed by the center's supercomputer, one of the most powerful in the world. Ultimately, based on interpretation of the patterns made by the blood proteins, researchers at Cedars-Sinai expect to be able to more accurately predict how individual patients will respond to specific treatments.

"Rapid analysis and interpretation of the massive amount of data generated will enable us to foresee the course of disease for each patient, and ultimately to identify in advance the outcome of a particular therapeutic intervention for an individual," said David Agus, M.D., who oversees the new center and its research.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his mother, Leah Adler, and father, Arnold, were among the many guests and hospital officials who celebrated the opening of the center, located in the Atrium building on the northwest end of the campus. During the opening, guests saw an interactive demonstration of the visualization and analysis of human proteomic data sets in real time using two touch tables developed by Applied Minds, a major collaborator for the center.