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CDC to Fund Genomics Knowledge Center

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Office of Public Health Genomics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will grant $1.5 million to fund the creation of a center that will help plan and develop systematic evidence reviews on genomics applications, among other efforts.

The OPHG grant will give up to $500,000 in the first year of the three-year project to start a Genomics Knowledge Synthesis Center.

In addition to developing the systematic evidence reviews, the center also will develop topic briefs on genomic applications and methods to enhance the efficiency and quality of systematic evidence reviews.

The evidence reviews will examine the validity and utility of various health-related genomic and proteomic tests, family health history tools, other health-related genomic services, and information on contextual factors and ethical, legal, and social issues. These reviews will be conducted using methods developed by the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention Working Group and by CDC.

The center also will collaborate with CDC to develop evidence summaries on the validity and utility of selected genomic applications, and these reviews and recommendations will be made publicly available in an online repository.

The repository is being developed by the OPHG, the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the National Library of Medicine.

Applications for the funding opportunity are due by April 7, with an anticipated start date on the project of Sep. 15. More information can be found here.

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