NEW YORK, May 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The US National Institutes of Health last week said it is considering to organize and launch a "very large prospective population-based study of genes and environment."
Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, said his center has brought together a "working group of geneticists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and ethicists ... to begin exploratory planning."
The study, which Collins expects will involve around 500,000 research participants, will strive to: "identify major susceptibility factors for common diseases; determine true population risk of genetic variants; determine effects of environmental factors; and identify significant interactions between genetic and environmental factors."
He added: "A key factor in the success of the study will be to ensure that the study design addresses the needs and interests of diverse communities."
A request for information about the study closes May 28. Additional information can be found here.