The recently established Michigan Center for Genomics and Public Health at the University of Michigan, one of three funded nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase the understanding and use of the human genome in public health practice, hopes to narrow this gap.
Genomics refers to the study of all elements of the human genome and their functions in relation to health and disease.
Center researchers will examine population-based data to describe genes associated with cardiovascular disease, and to understand the interaction between these genes and other risk factors in disease development. The center will help state and local public health organizations better understand the genetic basis of disease and appropriately integrate findings into public health programs. In addition, the center will enhance the U-M School of Public Health's existing graduate training program in public health genetics, and will adapt courses offered through this program into a Web-based, distance-learning format to make them accessible to practicing public health professionals.
While genetic advances hold great promise for health promotion and disease prevention, careful consideration must be given to the ethical, legal, and social issues that arise with the application of genetic advances.
"The mapping of the human genome and the explosion in the development and application of molecular genetic te
Contact: Colleen Newvine
University of Michigan