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NIH, NCHPEG Create Interdisciplinary Genetics Training Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aiming to help enable new interdisciplinary research projects between social and behavioral researchers with genetics scientists, the National Institutes of Health has created a new educational program to provide training in important concepts in genetics.

The online training course, Genetics and Social Science: Expanding Transdisciplinary Research, was developed by NIH and the National Coalition for Health Profession Education in Genetics to improve the genetic literacy of researchers in several key areas to prepare them for working with genetics scientists on research into variation, gene-environment interaction, and population and clinical research studies.

The interactive course was designed to provide users with the ability to develop feasible collaborative studies and to develop skills needed to assess genetics research for validity and utility.

The program was developed with input from experts in a range of areas such as clinical genetics, psychiatry, anthropology, and race and ethnicity, and it was based on a theory that focuses on active learning and self direction, which enables users to choose their own paths within the content.

It will focus on several core areas including genetic variation; gene-environment interaction; population issues; clinical issues, such as family history; and research issues such as data sharing.

The researchers using the program will have four case studies to choose from that focus on tobacco, obesity, major depression, and breast cancer.

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