NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to extend for two years a group it started in 2006 to provide advice on genomics aspects of the VA’s mission and activities.
The Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee is a group of scientists and veterans’ advocates that advises the VA on scientific and ethical issues involved in the VA’s genomic medicine program.
The VA said in a notice announcing the extension this week that the group’s goal is to guide the VA on the use of genetic information “to optimize clinical care of veterans and to enhance the study and development of diagnostic tests and treatments for diseases of particular relevance to veterans.”
The VA is moving to a model “in which care is tailored specifically to the needs and challenges of individual patients," VA Under Secretary for Health Jonathan Perlin explained in a statement when the committee was founded.
“Genomic medicine will help us move from providing medicine that is preventative to medicine that is predictive," Perlin added at the time.
The committee is chaired by Wayne Grody, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Other committee members include Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Mouin Khoury, director of the Center for Disease Control's Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention.
The group also includes Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics; Brion Smith, director of the Department of Defense DNA Registry and DNA Identification Laboratory; Annette Taylor, president, laboratory director and owner of Kimball Genetics of Denver; Christine Burt, president of CQB & Associates of Denver; Peter Traber, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine; Jonathan Perlin, CMO and a senior VP at HCA Healthcare; Margaret McGovern, professor of human genetics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and David Gorman, executive director of the Disabled American Veterans Washington Headquarters.