Category: genomics

Introducing the CDC Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health: What’s in a Name?

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Starting this week, the CDC Office of Public Health Genomics will be renamed the CDC Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health. In many ways, this transition has been a few years in the making and reflects the continuous broadening of our scope from human genomics and public health to include other areas relevant to Read More >

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Data Science and Machine Learning in Public Health: Promises and Challenges

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In August 2019, two of us (CJP, DR) visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and gave a seminar on the promises and challenges of using “big data” for “precision public health” using the tools of “data science”. The seminar was well attended, with more than 200 participants. The audience was engaged, asking great Read More >

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Genetic Counseling and Public Health in the Era of Precision Medicine

In August 2019, the All of Us Research Program announced the funding of a nationwide resource to provide genetic counseling support to one or more million participants in the precision medicine cohort in the United States. Participants from diverse populations will share health information over time through surveys and electronic health records, and they will Read More >

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Implementation science and genomic medicine in action: A case study

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There is an urgent need for researchers and implementers of genomic medicine to incorporate implementation science into their translational research efforts. Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine healthcare and public health settings to improve our impact on population health. But Read More >

Posted on by Mindy Clyne, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, and Muin J. Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags ,

Precision Medicine Update: Important Progress on the Long Road from Discovery to Population Health Impact

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Impressive Pace and Potential The All of Us Research Program is an ambitious United States initiative launched in 2015 to collect health-related information on one million or more volunteers from diverse communities. A recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine described progress and lays out the vision for the initiative moving forward. As Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta Georgia and George A. Mensah, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteLeave a commentTags

Can a Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Your Risk of Dementia Regardless of Your Genes?

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A large retrospective, cohort study found that a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk for dementia among people considered at high genetic risk. An active lifestyle, which includes a nutritious diet, limited alcohol, and not smoking, has long been associated with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. In the last ten years, Read More >

Posted on by Scott Bowen, Office of Public Health Genomics; Christopher Taylor, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; and Muin J. Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags ,

Why should early career public health researchers pay attention to precision medicine?

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In a recent commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health, I had the privilege of working with a group of early career investigators to begin a conversation about the impact that the debate between the utility of precision medicine and public health approaches is having as we begin our research careers. To begin, let’s Read More >

Posted on by Caitlin G. Allen, MPH, Doctoral Student, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags

The use of polygenic risk scores in clinical practice can exacerbate health disparities in ethnic and minority populations

This blog is a summary of our recent commentary on polygenic risk scores (PRS). PRS provide a rapidly emerging example of precision medicine and are based on multiple gene variants that each have weak associations with disease risks, but collectively may enhance disease predictive value in the population. The added value of PRS is unclear Read More >

Posted on by Megan C Roberts, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy; Muin J Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; George A Mensah, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute1 CommentTags , , ,

Can Big Data Science Deliver Precision Public Health?

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This blog is a quick summary of our recent paper in Public Health Genomics.   Increasingly, a large volume of health and non-health related data from multiple sources is becoming available that has the potential to drive health related discoveries and implementation. The term “big data” is often used as a buzzword to refer to large Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Michael Engelgau, George A. Mensah, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; David A. Chambers, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MarylandLeave a commentTags

Introducing the CDC Tier-Classified Guidelines Database

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Over the last several years, OPHG has hosted a “Tier Table” database of genomic applications (i.e., clinical scenarios involving genomic testing) sorted into one of three tiers using a method described in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2014. The purpose of creating the database was to help organize evidence (such as recommendation statements contained in guidelines, Read More >

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