November 25,2010

Pre-conference Workshop: Introduction to Human Genome Epidemiology
November 25, 2010, 9:00am-12:30pm
Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut
Coordinated by: Dr. Muin Khoury, Director, National Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA

An epidemiologic foundation for using genetic information to improve health and prevent disease

Advances in genomics are ushering in a new era of personalized healthcare and disease prevention in the 21st century. This introductory workshop will expose participants to a range of topics that illustrate the systematic applications of epidemiologic methods to studies of human genetic variation in relation to health and disease. Presentations will focus on epidemiologic perspectives on gene discovery, gene-disease association and gene-environment interaction, the evaluation of genetic tests and services, and the policy and practice implications of genomic discoveries. The workshop is designed for epidemiologic and other biomedial researchers and practitioners interested in the intersection of epidemiology, genetics, preventive medicine, and public health.

Learning objectives: At the end of the workshop participants will be able to

1. Assess the potential value of human genome discoveries for population health. 

2. Identify types of data needed to translate genetic discoveries into preventive medicine and public health interventions.

3. Describe criteria for reviewing and evaluating such data in the scientific literature.        
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Readings and Resources

Khoury MJ, Bedrosian S, Gwinn M, Higgins, J, Ioannidis J, Little J. Human Genome Epidemiology (second edition): Building the Evidence for Using Genetic Information to Improve Health and prevent Disease. Oxford University Press, New York, 2010.

CDC Office of Public Health Genomics
http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/

The Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGE Net)
http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/hugenet/default.htm

HuGE Navigator: An online integrated knowledge base in human genome epidemiology
http://hugenavigator.net/