from National Humane Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Retrieved 14 June 2007 from http://genome.gov/25521070
NHGRI Holds Science Reporters' Seminar on Genome-Wide Association Studies
Bethesda, Md., May 1, 2007 - The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) offered a seminar on Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) to leading science reporters from major media around the United States. Genome-Wide Association Studies have been possible only in the last two years since the completion of the International HapMap Project in October 2005 and the development of several new technology platforms that have dramatically reduced the cost of genotyping, a kind of scan across a person's entire genome that seeks out genetic variation. Now, numerous research teams will be reporting results on common disease, ranging from heart disease to cancer to mental illnesses and diabetes.
In the seminar, NHGRI experts in this new field explain how the science works, how it will speed up the understanding of the genetics of common diseases, and how that will lead to the development of new diagnostics, preventives and therapeutics.
Site includes links to video and slide presentations from the conference:
Welcome and Introduction. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.; Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
Human Heredity and Environment: Nature and Nurture. Emily Harris, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Epidemiologist, Office of Population Genomics
Genetic Variation. Larry Brody, Ph.D.; Senior Investigator, Genome Technology Branch.
Genome-Wide Association Studies. Teri Manolio, M.D., Ph.D.; Senior Advisor to the Director for Population Genomics
Common Disease Findings. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.; Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
Genetic Influence on Human Traits and Behaviors. Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D.; Chief and Senior Investigator, Cancer Genetics Branch
Genetics and Race. Vence Bonham, J.D.; Senior Advisor to the Director on Societal Implications of Genomics