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NHGRI Holds Science Reporters' Seminar on Genome-Wide Association Studies

Dr. Francis Collins discusses GWAS with reporter Judy Foreman during the NHGRI Science Reporters' SeminarBethesda, 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.

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Welcome and Introduction

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute

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Human Heredity and Environment: Nature and Nurture

Emily Harris, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Epidemiologist, Office of Population Genomics

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Genetic Variation

Larry Brody, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Genome Technology Branch

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Genome-Wide Association Studies

Teri Manolio, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to the Director for Population Genomics

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Working Lunch - Group Discussion

Larry Thompson, Moderator
Director, Communications and Public Liaison Branch

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Common Disease Findings

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute

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Unexpected, Possible Genetic Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease
News Quotes from Dr. Collins


Genetic Influence on Human Traits and Behaviors

Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D.
Chief and Senior Investigator, Cancer Genetics Branch

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Genetics and Race

Vence Bonham, J.D.
Senior Advisor to the Director on Societal Implications of Genomics

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Translating Genome-Wide Association Studies to Prevention, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics

Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute

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