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CDC's Genomics Office to Grant Around $3.6M to Translate Genomics to Practice

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will spend $1.2 million per year over the next three years to fund research aimed at finding ways to translate genomics research advances into medical practice.
The CDC’s National Office on Public Health Genomics said in a funding announcement that it will offer a total of $3.6 million over the three years of the program, and will fund between four and eight grants with up to $350,000 for the first year of the proposed research.
The CDC said the program’s goal is to move human genome applications, including family history applications, into health practice in effective ways, and to support programs in policy, surveillance, or education related to genomic tests, family history, and other genomic interventions. These programs should focus on preventing disease in large, well-defined populations in the US, the CDC said.
The NOPHG is promoting this research in a context in which there is “much skepticism on the validity and/or utility of many genomic tests,” due to a “lack of scientific evidence.”
The CDC also has been working with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop evidence reviews of the analytical and clinical validity and utility of family history and family risk assessment genomic tests for chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Education programs eligible for funding could include those that increase awareness about the validity and utility of certain tests, or those that increase education to the public and providers for BRCA1 & BRCA2 testing.
The CDC said applications are due June 6, 2008. More information may be found here.

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