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NHGRI to Grant $8.5M for Phenotype, Exposure Measures for Genome-Wide Association Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute will grant $8.5 million for a public health study to identify, develop, and disseminate “readily standardized and implemented phenotypic and environmental exposure measures” to be used with ongoing genome-wide association studies, the National Institutes of Health said last week.
The NHGRI said the study should define 15 to 20 high-priority phenotypic and exposure domains such as cancer, pulmonary disease, and others. Investigators should identify standardized measures that are available or are in development; recommend 10 to 15 high priorities for inclusion in genome-wide association studies; and disseminate recommendations to related research communities.
The investigator would develop a “basic tool set” to assess phenotypic and environmental exposure that could be applied to ongoing or future genome-wide association studies and other large-scale genomic research.
Measurement tools could include assays based on stored biospecimens. The study also could identify measures to be drawn from large-scale prospective gene cohorts or from ongoing biorepositories.
Applications for funding must be received by May 17. Additional information can be found here.

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