Special Issue "Genetic Epidemiology"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2014)
Dr. Farren Briggs
School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Wolstein Research Building, Room 1308, 2103 Cornell Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Phone: +1 216 368 5636
The field of genetic epidemiology has grown rapidly over the last decade. Genetic epidemiology has advanced from targeted candidate gene studies and genome-wide linkage scans, to genome-wide association studies (GWAS), the identification of copy number variants (CNVs), and most recently, whole genome and whole exome sequencing studies (WGS/WES). Through these advances in technology and analytical approaches, many discoveries have been made concerning the identification of the genes that contribute to susceptibility to complex traits. Despite the great success in identifying the major genetic risk factors underlying many traits, there are still many undiscovered genetic risk factors. These unidentified factors pose the problem of "missing heritability".
Potential contributors to the missing heritability problem are environmental background and gene-environment interaction. While most genetic epidemiological studies have taken cutting edge approaches to the identification of risk genes (eg. GWAS and WGS/WES), fewer studies have examined environmental impacts. Environmental conditions may broadly include factors such as socio-economic status, diet, smoking, or even infectious disease exposure. Recent research suggests that the microbiome should also be considered in human genetic research. Since some of these factors may be considered modifiable risk factors, it is imperative to examine the environment in the context of genetic epidemiological studies.
In addition, new discoveries in genomic medicine may have effects on risk assessment, personalized medicine, and public health. For example, newborn screening programs are continuously being updated. The identification of disease-causing genetic variants within whole genome studies may have both clinical applications as well as ethical ramifications.
"Genetic epidemiology" researches human genetic risk factors in the context of environmental risk factors and public health in general.
Dr. Catherine M. Stein
Dr. Farren Briggs
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- Gene-environment interaction
- Incidental findings
- Public health genomics
- Personalized medicine
- Newborn screening
- Return of results
- Methods for gene-environment interaction
- Geographic variation and genetic risk
- Infectious diseases
- Autoimmune diseases
- Diet and genetics
- Environmental exposures and genomics
- Environmental DNA