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EVENT DESCRIPTION  
 
Event Type:  Webinar (This is an NIH Science event)
 
Title:  Using Genetic Risk Scores in the Prevention and Control of Common Diseases: Opportunities and Challenges
 
Description:  Most common diseases such as cancer and heart disease are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In addition to rare genetic diseases with high individual and family risk, recent advances in genomics have enhanced our understanding of multiple genetic variants for these diseases. The contribution of multiple genes to most common diseases can be captured under the rubric of polygenic inheritance, in which additive effects of numerous genes create a normal distribution of disease risk in the population that can be quantified using additive genetic risk scores. There has been a recent surge in scientific interest and publications in using genetic risk scores to stratify people by level of risk and explore using this information in prediction, screening and control of common diseases. Using cancer and heart disease as potential applications, this webinar will explore recent findings, scientific opportunities and challenges in using genetic risk scores in the prevention and control of common diseases.
 
Series Name:  Precision Medicine and Population Health Interest Group
 
Event URL:  https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/research-emphasis/precision-medicine.html#events
 
Videocast:  Event will not be videocast
 
Special Instructions:  Reservations or registration required for this event
 
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EVENT DATE/TIME  
 
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, May 09, 2018   3:00pm - 4:00pm Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
 
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EVENT SPEAKER(S)  
 
Name:   Sekar Kathiresan, M.D.
Title:   Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine
Organization:   Massachusetts General Hospital
 
Name:   Cecile Janssens, Ph.D.
Title:   Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
Organization:   Emory University
 

EVENT SPONSOR(S)  
 
Organization(s):  [NIH] National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 

EVENT LOCATION  
 
Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  http://bit.ly/2FBFa2U
 
 

EVENT CONTACT(S)  
 
Name:   Jennifer Leidenberger
E-mail:   jennifer.leidenberger@nih.gov
 
 
 
 
 
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